15 December 2018

Hiking Mount Kenya

Last weekend I climbed Mount Kenya. It was 4 days and 3 nights in the National Park on the equator and offered up some pretty phenomenal views. See here

8 December 2018

Hypothesis on sugary tobacco vs sports betting in Kenya

There’s a concept in economics of substitute goods. Basically if the demand one for one product goes, demand for another goes down. If pasta becomes super popular then you might see sales in couscous go down (substitute good). Other products though, such as tomato sauce, may instead go up in demand (complementary goods). Anyway, two […]

17 November 2018

Shoes

For the most part, I dress incredibly boring. I’d say 280/365 days a year I wear the same (type of) blue chino trousers, and will rotate a few basic T-shirts/ jumpers depending on the season. Which in Kenya, ranges from bit chilly – quite hot – pretty hot. When it comes to shoes, I was […]

10 November 2018

Mini Mango Adventure

A series of events led to me being able to take a day off work yesterday. I decided to spend it going to a mango farm about an hour out of Nairobi to scope out its commercial potential.

18 September 2018

Lunch with my cleaning lady

On Saturday I went for lunch with the lady who cleans my apartment and her sister at their home in Kibera: one of the big informal settlements in Nairobi. The conversations and anecdotes that came from our afternoon were rich with the colour of the lives they’ve both lived, and the families they’re raising. On […]

6 April 2018

The Edges of Society in Kenya (in a weekend)

Over the Easter weekend a good friend (Ben) and I spent a couple of nights an hour out of Nairobi. Despite the primary goal of “getting a way from it all”, the short excursion ended up showing several aspects of Kenyan culture not always visible from the day to day: The Chinese influence, a hangover […]

10 March 2018

The Economist Africa Innovation Summit

On Tuesday The Economist came to Nairobi to host an¬†event on innovation in Africa. I went along (as part of the sponsorship deal for the¬†podcast) and wanted to share some of the key things covered. Unlike other conferences I’ve been to, there was a refreshing level of debate between panellists which facilitated getting to the […]

18 November 2017

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 […]

31 August 2017

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 […]

29 June 2017

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.