4 May 2017

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 […]

20 April 2017

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 […]

6 April 2017

Lessons from interviewing East African entrepreneurs: Physical goods

This is the third 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 has been running for the past six months. Right now we’re on episode 33 with more […]

23 March 2017

Lessons from interviewing East African entrepreneurs: Digital platforms

This is the second 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 31 with more […]

9 March 2017

Lessons from interviewing East African entrepreneurs: Food

This is the first of a 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 29 with plenty […]

23 February 2017

Marriage and Music

At the weekend I was invited to my friends’ wedding. They’re getting married in her home village near the Ugandan border towards the end of the year and as we went into the details of how it was all being arranged I found myself asking question after question, so this post is about that. It […]

9 February 2017

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”.

26 January 2017

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 […]

22 December 2016

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.

10 November 2016

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 […]