Tech ecosystems are all the rage these days. In the hopes of finding the “next Silicon Valley,” apparently, we have silicon flowing through hills (Austin), a city (Bengaluru), a mountain (Buea, Cameroon), an oasis (Dubai), a gorge (Bristol, UK), and a savannah (Nairobi). For all the pivoting, no one has yet claimed Silicon Cobalt Valley … Continue reading Nairobi Tech Ecosystem Pivots to 2.0
I no longer give "free advice" online about entrepreneurship and business-building. It's not that I want to keep secrets. It's simply a matter of leveraging good timing. The best advice @ the wrong time = a distraction or simply a good-to-know The best advice @ the right time = rainbows made of gold As I've … Continue reading Why I No Longer Blog About Start-Ups and Entrepreneurship
I've been reading too much. I know that's heretical -- reading is awesome. But for me, I'm been reading too much, particularly, too much junk. The ideas swirling in my mind are no longer mine. They are an incomplete jumbled mish-mash of what's being fed to me by the news and social media websites I … Continue reading Read Less, Think More
"I've got a great idea. Where should I start?" I've started 5 businesses - some have done well, others have failed very well, some TBD. When I get this question, here's what I tell people: Summarize your idea on 1 page and as a one-liner. Brevity forces clarity. The idea can't just be an amorphous mass floating around … Continue reading Starting a New Business? 4 Things to Do & to Avoid
These days, there are lots of experts (and frankly, even more non-experts) out there sharing their expertise. In fact, the world's most pressing problems require the collaboration of diverse expertise. However, much more important than great expertise are great questions. No matter where you are religiously, one model in this area is Jesus. Look at … Continue reading Where are all the Awesome Questions?
I’ve been living in Kenya for about 4 months now. As I meet people in Nairobi, walk the marble floors of its new malls, devour a perfect chicken burrito at Pete’s, and watch a room of young professional women work on a coding problem, I can’t help it. I’m calling it right now — Nairobi is on … Continue reading Nairobi, the next great global city?