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Monday Moments Ep 10 – A Content Hungry People!

How have you been? Well I hope.

The majority of East Africans are middle to lower class income earners. I know; that’s an obvious fact. The greater part of their year is spent at their jobs, working hard for that pay increase, or just until they get that job that they actually want. The occasional day off is either spent with family, on a drinking spree or for the majority, cooped up on their sofa, tugging on a pillow so hard you’d think it has been trying to escape, watching re-runs of the same TV show since they have exhausted all the DVDs in the house, and are either too broke or too lazy to go out and get more.

Thank God for the likes of Tusker Project Fame and Churchill Live which provide that 45 minute reprieve from the usual routine, hence forming the highlight of many a people’s weeks! Continue reading ‘Monday Moments Ep 10 – A Content Hungry People!’

OOPS! SAFARICOM DID IT AGAIN! MXIT STYLE.

They have the financial muscle, they definitely have the brains and they have the balls. Couple these with no sincere sense of Social responsibility and you have a market giant that just won’t stop. I can just picture Rene Meza sitting in some huge conference room, stroking his Latino hair (no beard to stroke like big Mike) and wondering, ‘What the #### just happenned? Coño!!’.

But this is not about Rene Meza. I have been up and about the blogosphere, reading the rants especially from our leading Local webpreneurs including @whiteafrican, @njihia and @salim about how Safaricom has screwed them and many other developers around by adopting Mxit (the social chat application from South Africa) as their preferred platform for this service (check out yesterday’s Nation newspaper for 7 pages worth of advertising information). Continue reading ‘OOPS! SAFARICOM DID IT AGAIN! MXIT STYLE.’

BUILD FIRST, MONEY AFTER

If you are an ardent reader of my blog then please allow me to apologize for this late entry. The essence of credible blogging is if the author can keep up with the hunger in blog readers for fresh, authentic and informative material. However what I gathered from the Mind Speak event hosted by Aly Khan Satchu at Silverbird cinemas last Saturday is timeless in the least, a rare element in cyber world.
During the aftermath of the Post Election Violence in Kenya, five bloggers and tech developers came up with the idea of a crowd sourcing website that would allow people, who were already prisoners of their own making in a land they considered theirs, to be able to relay information real time on what was happening on the ground. This included information on cases of Violence, infrastructure damage, shortage of food, clothing, shelter and other outcomes of that surge in national insanity.
Out came Ushahidi, an online platform that receives input from the public via sms or email, sorts it, categorizes it, and then displays it in an orderly fashion for AID agencies, Government and well wishers to respond accordingly. Its proliferation has been phenomenal. Acclaimed worldwide (and sadly not locally), and in use in about 5 crisis regions in the world namely Haiti and the Gaza Strip just to mention a few, Ushahidi is a success story that I as a Kenyan developer, web-blogger and self proclaimed techpreneur hugely admire and maybe even envy a little bit.
Sitting in that dark Silverbird Cinema Theatre with other equally curious minds, listening to Erik Hersman – one of the founders – talking about it, I could barely hide my excitement. But enough about my feelings.
Eric took an interesting angle in talking about Ushahidi, not as an entity in itself, but as a lesson for innovation and entrepreneurship, something that all the people present could associate with on a personal level. I will try breaking it down in the way I wrapped my understanding around it. Continue reading ‘BUILD FIRST, MONEY AFTER’

My 5 minutes with Aly Khan Satchu

He is the author of the highly authoritative book ‘Anyone can be Rich’. He once controlled funds for clients to the tune of $2 billion. He then controlled a bank that had a balance sheet worth over $17 billion. He understands Futures, Options, Repos, Bills and Bonds, Basis trading and all other strange investment vocabularies that I’m still trying to fathom. He manages his own stocks in the NSE, USE and other African Stock markets… Continue reading ‘My 5 minutes with Aly Khan Satchu’