The business vs technology prioritisation dilemma
It has become very common in our part of the world to hear people say that they have this “tremendous” product idea and they are looking for someone technical to help them build it.
Proximate value pricing for local technology
Charles Mezu is a true polymath. An artist, former banker and founder of the technology company Palette Computers. He named his company after an art tool.
‘How Google accelerator programme enables Nigeria’s tech startups’
Victor Asemota founded SwiftaCorp over 20 years ago, a pioneering African software and technology services group with subsidiaries and operations in over 14 African countries. He is also the Co-founder of MFISA, a unique African Mobile Financial Services Accelerator that has powered a number of payment platforms around Africa. Asemota, who is The Guardian contributor,…
Can technology help to win Nigerian elections?
I finally saw Niyi Akinmolayan’s movie, The Arbitration, on Netflix recently. Even though it was fictional, it was the first Nollywood movie that I had seen with a realistic plot that involved the current Nigerian tech scene.
The future of African entrepreneurship finance and resourcing
I gave a talk at a Masterclass organised by the MEST Lagos incubator last week on the topic of the future of African startup funding, and I thought it was important enough to share some of my thoughts on the subject with a broader audience. When I was in secondary school, our “Food Prefect” was…
Always ask the ‘5 whys’
The “5 Whys” is an iterative methodology developed by Toyota to help get to the root-cause of a problem by just asking “Why,” five times in sequence.
Why African entrepreneurs need to think bigger
Sometime in 2010, I met this interesting startup from Kenya at an event. They had built something that was badly needed to create a proper payments ecosystem and bridge the payments silos that were rapidly developing.
Users come before technology
There was something Linda Ikeji said during the launch of her new platform which a lot of people may have missed. Her new social media network is the result of feedback from “her current users”.
Why market education is important for technology companies
After Econet Wireless Nigeria got their GSM License and before they launched services, they decided to educate the market through the most popular means at that time, the newspapers.