T.A.M. And Why We Need To Look Beyond…

Just population numbers no revenues included*** The Total Addressable Market (T.A.M.) for Kenyan startups has been a strong ongoing debate in the local startup ecosystem. As compared to some of the most vibrant tech ecosystems in the world, one pattern is clearly evident, TAM. Most of them have huge populations which in turn means more … Continue reading T.A.M. And Why We Need To Look Beyond…

TEDxParklands Loading…(The Inception, the Execution, the New)

This story begins one year ago, I was seated watching TED talks as was my usual Sunday tradition. A quick YouTube search had me running into a local TEDx event which blew my mind. It had always inherently bugged me that there were very few authentic African TEDx talks. Most of the ones with huge … Continue reading TEDxParklands Loading…(The Inception, the Execution, the New)

Once an Entrepreneur Always an Entrepreneur

About a week ago, we had a discussion about what our ideal job in a perfect world would be. My answer was definitely building impactful organizations/companies. I believe that I am a builder and this is ideally pretty much what my career has been so far. I was born into an entrepreneur family. To my … Continue reading Once an Entrepreneur Always an Entrepreneur

Redefining and Understanding my ‘Africanness’ in 2018 Part Two: The Understanding and The Hope

This is a continuation of the first piece. 2. Tanzania: The Understanding — What is African. With all that was going through my mind about past African kingdoms, colonization and modern African society, I was clearly seeking a better understanding of everything. We are constantly taught that being African and being modern cannot co-exist. This was a major … Continue reading Redefining and Understanding my ‘Africanness’ in 2018 Part Two: The Understanding and The Hope

Redefining and Understanding my ‘Africanness’ Today Part 1: The Realization

  Originally published on Cast in Africa on medium. At just 24, I have been fortunate enough to have lived and worked with communities in three East African countries besides Kenya; Uganda, Tanzania, and Rwanda. I acknowledge that this is not common for many people my age, for which I am ever grateful. These experiences have … Continue reading Redefining and Understanding my ‘Africanness’ Today Part 1: The Realization

Startups as a Science

Building and growing a startup is a science. This is probably something you have heard before. Entities like Y-Combinator have proven this time and time again. However, this still leaves the question, is this true for African startups and better yet, what does this even mean? So how did this come up now? I was … Continue reading Startups as a Science

It’s About Time

Roughly two months ago, I came back to Nairobi ready to embark on work in the operations team of a visionary local startup. This generally meant spending every waking moment researching the local tech startup ecosystem. My knowledge of the Kenyan startup scope is tied to my five years of university in one of the … Continue reading It’s About Time

Let’s Go…Twende!

Original Article published on Medium, Cast in Africa.  What do you think of when you hear the term innovation? Is it drones, 3D printing, robots, mobile applications or any other forms of technology being implemented to simplify day-to-day activities? A few days ago, I was no different and would have echoed the same thoughts. However, … Continue reading Let’s Go…Twende!

The Kenyan Construction Industry and Tech

One of the premier project proposals that I worked on in my university years was a brick laying robot. This robot had the ability to lay brick five times faster than the average human. We based our research on SAM 100 (Semi-Automated Mason), the brainchild of Construction Robotics. Sam can lay up to 400 bricks … Continue reading The Kenyan Construction Industry and Tech

African Startups Vs Startups in Africa

Original Article published on VentureBurn. This is a slightly altered 'Kenyan' version. I get utterly distraught every time I open a new TechCrunch article of a start-up with a Swahili name disrupting a certain sphere of Africa only to find a foreigner founder and director. In a good case scenario, there will be one or … Continue reading African Startups Vs Startups in Africa