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
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
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!
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
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
In the next few months, the government through the new parastatal Nairobi Metropolitan Area Transport Authority, NAMATA, will be implementing a BRT system on the Kenyan roads. This exercise will directly impact four counties namely: Nairobi City, Kiambu, Kajiado, Machakos and Murang’a. For years, the matatu industry has descended into chaos, making it the ultimate … Continue reading ‘Saving’ the Matatu Industry
As the technological revolution continues, the life of any company or governmental institution is dependent on its ability to evolve with new technology. The willingness of the executives to redefine the business model and adjust to new market needs is one of the most important strengths. The biggest lesson today is that no company can … Continue reading The Survival of Posta
If you’re reading this, then I guess my first mission is accomplished! Who am I? My name is Annstella Mumbi and I have dedicated my life’s work to the synergy of community development and technology. Being an engineer and community developer, I believe technology and especially IoT, should be used to make everyday life and … Continue reading Hello World!