Tom Jackson, 9:29 am
There cannot be a more stunning validation of your startup idea than it being pinched by an Apple or Google. OK, so massive companies aren’t targeting African startups specifically, and there is no suggestion ideas are being stolen. But there are a number of big players threatening to steal the lunches of African innovators. Will they succeed?
Tom Jackson, 5:29 am AFKI Original
Connected East Africa is perhaps testament to the level of frenetic tech activity in Nairobi, Kenya, that once each year the entirety of the city’s tech stakeholders decamps to the coast to restock, though the ocean and the perfect golf courses also provide a draw. Yet this year’s the event did consider in detail what the country has already achieved, and what it hopes to do over the course of the next year.
Tom Jackson, 3:56 am AFKI Original
The dialogue around female tech entrepreneurs in Africa needs to change from usage of belittling terms such as “mompreneur” to focusing on promoting positive role models for others, according to female leaders in the sector. Though prominent female tech leaders do not object to discussion of the issues surrounding women in tech, in many cases the tone of the conversation is demeaning and patronizing.
Tom Jackson, 3:55 am AFKI Original
Having run BRANDSPANpr, an innovation identity agency, and served as co-founder and chief marketing officer of tech social enterprise Blerdology, she is well versed in the needs to the tech ecosystem. Now Amanda Spann is putting her skills to even better use, as communications and marketing director for IBM Cloud Computing and co-founder of tiphub.
Tom Jackson, 8:28 am AFKI Original
Njeri Wangari is an entrepreneur with a strong background in tech, but in spite of the success of her company AfroKidz she still feels like she must prove herself over and over again to her male compatriots. Wangari’s company developed Safari Tales, an educational and entertainment app which has gained huge popularity and featured prominently in a number of startup competitions.
Tom Jackson, 7:35 am AFKI Original
It is not easy or even possible to see 100 percent of Africans formally banked within the next 15 years, but what seems clear is that through a number of different initiatives more Africans than ever before will be able to access some form of financial services. Movements have been afoot for a few years though – both governmental and private sector – to reduce this dependence on cash and bring the continent more into the formal banking fold.
Tom Jackson, 5:33 am AFKI Original
Africa deservedly gets much attention in the local and international tech and business media for its skyrocketing internet penetration, which in turn is boosting African economies and allowing for the launch of a new generation of digital startups. With this growing web access, however, inevitably comes new cyber security threats.
Tom Jackson, 7:50 am AFKI Original
The arrival of venture capital firms from abroad generally makes headlines in Africa. Arrivals in 2014 and 2015 are cause for optimism, but startup funding is increasingly available from African sources too. Large African companies, notably mobile operators, are reviewing their strategies towards smaller businesses. Whereas some companies once zealously protected themselves from competition from smaller business, now they are more willing to invest.
Tom Jackson, 6:38 am AFKI Original
The trend in Africa’s growing telecommunications sector has increasingly been towards consolidation over the last few years. Be it infrastructure sharing or a host of mergers and acquisitions, Africa’s operators are working together, and the space is getting less competitive as a result.
Tom Jackson, 10:27 am AFKI Original
About a quarter of Africa’s 1 billion-plus people have access to the Internet. Smartphone penetration is even less, with only South Africa making it into the top 50 globally, and that with less than 40 percent of the population being online. This might make Africa seem like an inhospitable place for global tech giants but the opposite is true.