Tom Jackson

  • The Tech Giants Trying To Steal African Startups’ Lunches

    African startups By 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?

  • Connected East Africa: Kenya Leads In Public Service Automation

    By 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.

  • African Women In Tech: Stop The Labeling! We Are Entrepreneurs Too

    African Women In tech By 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.

  • Amanda Spann: Africa Cannot Afford To Miss On The Digital Revolution

    By 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.

  • African Women In Tech: Must We Prove Ourselves Equals?

    Women In Tech By 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.

  • Beyond Banking: Africa’s March To Financial Inclusion Is On

    By 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.

  • Africa Needs To Get Its House In Order On Cyber Security

    Banking Security By 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.

  • Are Funding Options For African Tech Startups Increasing?

    By 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.

  • Vodafone Returns Some Element Of Competition To Africa’s Telecoms Sector

    To Invest $800M In African Solar-Powered Telecommunications Towers By 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.

  • The Final Frontier: Global Tech Giants Waking Up To Africa

    African startups By 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.