Monthly Archives: September 2015

African startups reviews

Sep 10, 2015 | | Say something

Just finished my Tanzanian trip and on the way back to Hong Kong. This was a short trip this time (3 nights) but enough to experience once again the activity here in Dar es Salaam. I will be posting more about specific African startups which can help readers learn more about the startup scene on […more]

Top 5 ecommerce sites in Tanzania

Sep 9, 2015 | | 4 comments

As everywhere else in Africa, ecommerce is booming by leaps and bounds in Tanzania and a few websites have been able to establish their leadership in the market, either by being the first movers, or having strong (overseas) backing that allowed them to spend on marketing both online and offline. Very few Tanzanians still buy […more]

HelloFood Tanzania

Sep 8, 2015 | | Say something

I came to know this company not because I am a big fan of food delivery, or that I have even used their services, but due to the fact that their office was just nearby mine in the Village Walk, an office building in Dar es Salaam opposite to the Seacliff Hotel. From the way […more]

Hello Tanzania

Sep 7, 2015 | | Say something

I just arrived today in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania, on a business trip. I will take this opportunity to blog about some of the local startups and ecommerce companies. Kenya is more known in the region as a hub for entrepreneurship and innovation but there are great minds (and great investors) in Tanzania as well […more]

Don’t do a startup, build a business

Sep 6, 2015 | | Say something

Another article which title says it all. While the article is mostly about the South African startup scene, I believe it applies to startups and businesses across Africa. Basically the author is advocating South African entrepreneurs not to have the startup mentality, building a company to attract VC, get higher valuations and later exit, but […more], a homegrown hotel reservation platform in Nigeria

Sep 5, 2015 | | Say something

Yesterday I made a post about 5 leading e-travel startups in Africa. I will continue today by introducing, a Nigerian startup that offers hotel reservation to 14,000 hotels through its platform of the same name was founded just in 2012 and it is a tremendous achievement to have reached such scale within […more]

E-travel startups in Africa

Sep 4, 2015 | | Say something

This article on Disrupt Africa analyzes 5 leading African startups in the e-travel industry. E-travel is big business but relatively new in Africa. There is certainly a huge needs of e-travel startups to cater for the needs to locals in Africa, not just extensions of international companies offering African options to their mostly Western customer […more]

Big ticket or big volume?

Sep 3, 2015 | | 1 comment

My experience as an entrepreneur has thought me that there are two options to make it big, which I refer to big ticket and big volume. Big ticket means high ticket business. Offering premium products with significant margins that allow you to be relatively successful just by selling a few of them. If you build […more]

On Silicon Valley-type African startups

Sep 2, 2015 | | Say something

Another great article on how African startups need to focus on the basics (i.e. growing revenues and being profitable) rather than just following the trends from the Western worlds. Another good point is the significant lack of funding for real growth, as funds from competitions, hubs etc. are far to be enough to help scale-up […more]

Bitcoin in Africa

Sep 1, 2015 | | Say something

Interesting article about a Ghanaian startup, Beam, which was previously involved in Bitcoin remittance, dropping the virtual currency altogether. Maybe a case of Africa not yet ready for some of the more advanced online technologies. The infrastructure (or, rather, the lack of infrastructure), the purchasing power, and the (still) low internet penetration or speed makes […more]

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