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A week in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia

At the beginning of November I spent a week in the capital of Ethiopia, Addis Ababa.

As covered in the previous post, I was there connecting with businesses about training their teams to be effective and efficient in data analytics, and between meetings was able to get a decent impression of the city.

This post covers the key aspects that became apparent when I came to jotting down thoughts on the trip.

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Update on what I’m working on

Since touching down back in Kenya in late August there have been some developments on the work front.

After a year or so of doing freelance consulting, and nurturing different business ideas it got to the stage where I fancied shaking things up and actually cracking on with some of the opportunities I’d been telling everyone that I was seeing.

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Silicon Savannah Talk (listen to it here)

As you might have seen, I have a bit of thing about business in East Africa.

Since deciding to relocate to the region last year in order to set up a business I’ve found myself learning as much about the region as possible, and taken enjoyment in distilling the many complex moving parts into a narrative which I can comprehend and communicate.

On a recent trip back to London, I looked at how I could share this with others.

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Moving to Africa: one year on

Today I’m flying back to the UK for a month to catch up with friends, family and some clients I’ve been working with.

The date on the plane ticket is a year to the day from when I took a flight in the opposite direction and touched down in East Africa for the first time and so it therefore feels like an apt time to reflect on the last 12 months, and take stock of what’s been going on.

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What Technology Wants (…in Rural Kenya)

I’ve spent the last few days living in a village in Western Kenya.

It’s been an excellent experience that’s not only opened up what’s happening in another part of the country, but also reminded me of some concepts I’ve been reading about recently.

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Commodity? Brand? Cheapo? Fancy?

This is a post about how products are priced in Kenya, and some of the thoughts around how we categorise things in such a way that it becomes normal behaviour to save $1 on one product, but pay $10 extra on another.
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The benefits of sharing too much online

This week I’ve been doing work for a client and have somewhat reversed my scepticism on companies putting effort into their “online presence”.

This post then circles round to how I’m seeing people in East Africa use social media, and how it’s being used here.
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Long lunches

This is just a quick post updating on how I’ve recently been justifying why it’s perfectly acceptable taking two hours over lunch, with a bit of insight into the Kenyan culture of “doing business with who you know”.

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Sprinting in Sri Lanka with DFS Lab

In a break from summaries of industries in East Africa this post is a quick update about an interesting week that I’ve just spent in Sri Lanka.

I was there with Hilda (founder of Pezesha, company I worked with earlier in the year) helping to represent them at a bootcamp for start ups from around the world, all organised by DFS Lab.

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Lessons from interviewing East African entrepreneurs: Financing

This is the fourth in the series of posts detailing the trends and common threads that I’ve learnt through interviewing a wide range of businesses operating in East Africa.

The East Africa Business Podcast is the weekly podcast that I’ve been running for the last six months. Right now we’re on episode 35 with more on the way, and so if you’re interested in hearing new episodes and checking out the archive, then hit Subscribe wherever you get your podcasts.

The post this week is looking at financing.

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