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Monday Moments Ep 6 – Girls Rule!!

As unnatural as that title might sound coming from a male, it has never felt more appropriate to scream from the top of my voice; Girls Rule!! From my encounters with the Nokia ladies at one end of the city, to watching the iHub ladies on the other end trouncing 17 other male dominated teams in the quest for Kshs 1 Million venture funding, I was humbled by how well our tech sisters are doing in this field.

The Tech field is so dominated by three legged creatures that for a long time it has been almost terrifying for any lady trying to venture into it. The hostile stares, the ridicule, the hate speech; I have seen (and sometimes even took part in) it. I will tell you this my friends; the Tech ladies who I had the pleasure of meeting last week were not just intelligent; they were BEAUTIFUL!! Continue reading ‘Monday Moments Ep 6 – Girls Rule!!’

GOOGLE, FACEBOOK…AND NOW TWITTER!!

I recently posted on Intervangelist about Ushahidi, the crowdsourcing website that grew from a simple Kenyan post-election-violence inspired project to an international success. Despite being a not-for-profit entity, it still gave us a very good lesson on Building first, then money later. Well, in comes Twitter. Continue reading ‘GOOGLE, FACEBOOK…AND NOW TWITTER!!’

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’