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Drought and Data

As I get acclimatised to what working weeks look like in Kenya this is my first attempt at a “thought piece” within the confines of a job.

It’s about the internal dissonance I felt at the lack of rain in the country right now, and veers off towards using “data for good”.

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First week back in Kenya

The next chapter in the East African business journey began on the morning of Monday 23rd January as I woke up in Nairobi and walked to “the office” to go “to work”.

At the end of 2016 I concluded the tour of the East Africa region by meeting an entrepreneur named Hilda, who was introduced to me through an investor I went to lunch with.

Hilda is building out a new venture (last one sold in 2015) and was on the look out for a co-founder to share responsibilities with to help get cracking on making the business happen. This is what I was walking towards.

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What’s been weird back in England

I’ve been out of Africa for just under two weeks and felt that I’d update the blog with some of the observations I’ve made since touching down back in England.
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The “Try Before You Buy” East Africa Tour: in Review

Today I’m flying back to England to see friends and family for Christmas.

This post summarises the time spent travelling between Rwanda, Uganda, Kenya and Tanzania as I worked out the various opportunities that existed in the region

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Meditating on what to do next

After getting to the stage of deciding that Kenya had won as the place I wanted to “do business” in the new year, I sat down and began writing down all of the things I would need to work out.

There were work permits, people to meet, ideas to weigh up, research to do, things I knew I needed to do, things I thought well, maybe, I don’t need to do, what to have for breakfast…

and I basically realised it could all get quite overwhelming.

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Why I’m choosing Kenya (visa permitting…)

Over the past four months I’ve traveled through Rwanda, Uganda, Kenya and Tanzania, evaluating each in terms of where I would like to live for the next few years building a business.

After spending three and a half months keeping my mind open to all options (that I felt were morally acceptable), in Zanzibar I began to crunch through everything that I had learned, and switched focus towards fleshing out a plan of action for what I was going to do.

This post is about how I came to the decision of picking Kenya as the place to base myself from (once I get a visa).

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East Africa Miscellany

In writing a blog post each week about what I learn around East Africa, I invariably keep notes on little things that I see/hear.

Not all of these fit in with a particular topic and so have (until now) remained unpublished.

As I close in on evaluating the different countries, this post is an aggregate of the bits which have “fallen between the gaps”. Expect to learn about facial expressions, mosquito preferences and Japanese horoscopes…

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Tanzania: An Introduction

This post is the last country profile that I’ll be doing for now as I close in on my evaluation of East Africa.

It covers some of the different aspects of Tanzania, such as its size, history, and whether it can indeed be considered as being in East Africa…

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A Tourist Guide to Kenya (without Safari)

Safari means “to travel” in Swahili and has evolved into more or less anything where you move around to look at animals. It is a prime activity in our search for a Decent Profile Pic.

Kenya is one of the international hotspots for going on safari and yet despite being here for a month I didn’t undertake such a trip.

I did, however, manage a few other DPP-related activities which this post is all about.

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The Kenya Business Scene

Of all the places I’ve been to on my East African tour, Kenya has been the most business-y.

Nairobi itself is quite a metropolis, with recognisable multinational names tagging onto tall, glass buildings around the city. What’s more, there’s a pretty busy start up culture meaning it isn’t uncommon to see an office with exposed brickwork, foosball tables and a beer fridge.  Continue reading

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