Working smart: tools for the busy executive

Running an enterprise can get very taxing, having to deal daily with a myriad of issues across different business functions from sales, marketing, customer service and even product development. To maintain my sanity I have over the years tried and tested a number of tools that allow my team and I to keep on top of things and not get overwhelmed by the day to day. While not representing the full repertoire of the tools that power my ways of work, I trust that this curated list will help you work smarter. Continue reading Working smart: tools for the busy executive

Retaining the startup mindset

Mention the term startup and your audience will probably be shepherded into a mental frame of mind that has visions of garages or hubs filled with recent graduates or better still dropouts hacking and building services that they hope will be their pass to the cover of their local edition of Forbes or at the very least a featured post in a leading technology blog. You cannot blame one for taking a default line of thought fueled by a global buzz. Continue reading Retaining the startup mindset

Eventual realizations running a technology based company

Technology is an enabler, meaning it has a place in every industry; the horizontal, the vertical and even the niche. This means that the opportunities are endless for those who wish to build technology based enterprises. We now have a big push from the government coming off a successful National Innovations Forum where His Excellency the President committed Kenya shillings one billion; 500 million apiece from Cabinet Secretaries Anne Waiguru – Ministry of Devolution and Planning and Fred Matiangi’s – Ministry of Information, Communications and Technology dockets toward the realization of the Enterprise Kenya vehicle dubbed the home of African innovation.

While it is indeed easier to start up a technology business in Kenya today than it was a decade ago, it is not easier to survive, and I would argue that the mortality rate is much higher only that there are more businesses birthed. Continue reading Eventual realizations running a technology based company

Start-ups Application for DEMO Africa 2015 Opens

The application window for DEMO Africa 2015 is now open and entrepreneurs can apply from today. The application process will be hosted by DEMO Africa’s partner VC4Africa. The application window will remain open throughout the months of March, April to close by end of May. This will be followed by all the qualifying applications being taken through an adjudication process after which the top thirty will be invited to pitch on the DEMO Africa stage in September during the DEMO Africa event in Lagos, Nigeria. Continue reading Start-ups Application for DEMO Africa 2015 Opens