How Lean Startup Helped Serve Communities in Kenya

Startup Lessons Learned

Guest Post by Jennifer Maerz, Contributing Editor of Lean Startup Co., First up in our speaker spotlight series is an edited transcript of our Q&A with Rocio Perez-Ochoa , co-founder of Bidhaa Sasa , a non-profit working to distribute beneficial goods to rural communities in Kenya. The Lean Startup method helped Rocio and her co-founder get their idea off the ground, and to continue to grow this important business.

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How many cofounders should your startup have?

The Next Web

Two more entrepreneurial ventures later, Gleb cofounded online backup provider Backblaze to help consumers affordably, automatically, and safely back up their data. What are the pros and cons of starting a business alone versus with cofounders? How many founders are too many? The required number of cofounders for success is: “Zero” – You don’t need a cofounder. You are the founder, the visionary, the uber-entrepreneur. One” – You have to have a cofounder.

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May Business Angels Spread Their Wings Over Kenya?

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Despite Kenya has been named as the fasted growing payments market in Africa, there is still a lot to be done to develop the local business angel community. The capital of Kenya, Nairobi, is a vibrant city offering various resources for young start – ups, including accelerator 88MPH and incubator i-Hub. I met Innocent Moranga, the founder of the Founder Magazine , at a round table peer group at CEOWorld. Then, how has Kenya built its start-up ecosystem?

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Out of the Crisis #19: Revolution Foods co-founders on feeding kids and families, being parent-entrepreneurs, and scaling food security innovations

Startup Lessons Learned

Here's my conversation with the founders of Revolution Foods. I'm the co founder and Chief Impact Officer at Revolution Foods. I'm the co-founder and CEO of Revolution Foods. I co-founded Revolution Foods with Kirsten Tobey in 2006 to ensure quality food access for all children across the nation. I mean, number one, having a co-founder who has always held that space of look, we've got each other's back, and that has been absolutely key.

3 Steps Brands Can Take To Boost Bottom Line By Creating Behavior Change

YoungUpstarts

She is at the front lines of innovating public health response to COVID-19 as co-founder and Chair of Kenya’s National Business compact on Coronavirus and a board member of Safe Hands Kenya.

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Heart of Smartness: A Tech Accelerator for Africa

ReadWriteStart

Alliy is managing partner of the Savannah Fund , a $10 million fund that will soon begin investing in technology startups in East Africa, including Rwanda, Tanzania, Uganda and Kenya. A five-year-old mobile-money company called M-Pesa has 15 million users in Kenya alone (more than half the adult population) and processes a quarter of that country’s GDP. Savannah Fund co-founder Paul Bragiel is a Silicon Valley serial entrepreneur and co-founder of i/o Ventures.

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SXSW Startups: Pawame Powers Africa

Austin Startup

Based in Nairobi, Kenya, Pawame uses tech-enabled loan management and mobile money payment platforms to offer its customers a means of finance that is not limited by distance or lack of Internet access or a bank account. Two is to reach up to 20,000 new households, including expanding into one, maybe two new markets outside Kenya. You are based in Nairobi, Kenya. We’re a small startup in Kenya tackling one of the world’s most staggeringly huge challenges?—?electrifying

Blockstream

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– Austin Hill , co-founder Blockstream (FPV’s newest portfolio company). One only needs to look at the example of M-Pesa in Kenya to see how digital currency can impact the underserved. When I first learned of Bitcoin, I thought of M-Pesa and how it had empowered so much of Kenya’s population. We’ve come together because we believe in the potential of this technology to have a significant, positive social impact.

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Startups – Beware The Changing Palo Alto Investment Model

YoungUpstarts

For example, Silicon Savannah – the name given to Nairobi’s (Kenya) growing tech scene – and Chilecon Valley, found in Chile’s capital, Santiago, demonstrate the global appetite for tech entrepreneurship. Germán Montoya is Co-Founder and Chief Strategy and Creative Officer at Rokk3r Labs. by Germán Montoya is the Chief Strategy and Creative Officer at Rokk3r Labs. Venture Capitalism is changing.

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Heart of Smartness: A Tech Accelerator for Africa

ReadWriteStart

Alliy is managing partner of the Savannah Fund , a $10 million fund that will soon begin investing in technology startups in East Africa, including Rwanda, Tanzania, Uganda and Kenya. A five-year-old mobile-money company called M-Pesa has 15 million users in Kenya alone (more than half the adult population) and processes a quarter of that country’s GDP. Savannah Fund co-founder Paul Bragiel is a Silicon Valley serial entrepreneur and co-founder of i/o Ventures.

Founders Interview: Atlas Group London – ConstructionTech Transforming Healthcare

The Startup Magazine

As part of The Startup Magazine Founder Interview Series , we interviewed Maha and David Harper, wife and husband co-founders of Atlas Group London, a construction-tech startup that has digitized the building of healthcare facilities. Co-Founder & CEO.

SXSW Pitch Finalist: Hemafuse

Austin Startup

A demonstration of Hemafuse at the launch event with Amref Health Africa in Kenya. Carolyn Yarina , Co-Founder and CEO of Sisu Global Health. It is currently sold in Africa through Kenya’s largest medical distributor.

Heart of Smartness: A Tech Accelerator for Africa

ReadWriteStart

Alliy is managing partner of the Savannah Fund , a $10 million fund that will soon begin investing in technology startups in East Africa, including Rwanda, Tanzania, Uganda and Kenya. A five-year-old mobile-money company called M-Pesa has 15 million users in Kenya alone (more than half the adult population) and processes a quarter of that country’s GDP. Savannah Fund co-founder Paul Bragiel is a Silicon Valley serial entrepreneur and co-founder of i/o Ventures.

Entrepreneurs are Everywhere Show No. 13: Liz Powers and Rocio Perez-Ochoa

Steve Blank

Successful founders believe anything is possible but they build strong founding teams to achieve their startup dreams. Joining me at the Lean Startup Conference in San Francisco were: Liz Powers , co-founder of ArtLifting , a for-profit online art gallery that features the work of homeless and disabled artists. Rocio Perez-Ochoa , co-founder of Bidhaa Sasa , which finances and distributes household goods that can improve families’ quality of life in rural Kenya.

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Bplans Briefcase: Business Stories to Keep You in the Know

Up and Running

Penda improves health care in Kenya. Koczela is enthusiastic about the entrepreneurial spirit in Kenya: “You are working from seven a.m. Another interesting aspect of this business is that their leadership is 80% female, including co-founders Jennifer Hyman and Jennifer Fleiss, and President Beth Kaplan, among others. Who doesn’t want this guy for a lunch date? At a cat cafe, you can dine surrounded by felines.

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Blockstream

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– Austin Hill , co-founder Blockstream (FPV’s newest portfolio company). One only needs to look at the example of M-Pesa in Kenya to see how digital currency can impact the underserved. When I first learned of Bitcoin, I thought of M-Pesa and how it had empowered so much of Kenya’s population. We’ve come together because we believe in the potential of this technology to have a significant, positive social impact.

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Women 2.0 Pitch Night…batter swing!

Sophia Perl of Wisdom

Kenya is the most advanced for mobile payment. A lot of entrepreneurs attended the event as evident by business cards with “Founder&# listed. Presenters: Sarah Allen (Co-Founder & CTO, Mightyverse) and Paul Lundahl (Creative Director, Mightyverse). Presenter: Jennifer Bonnett (Founder & CEO, Nexpense). Presenters: Sarah Jordan (Co-Founder & General Manager, Aesir Metals), Mark DeBruin (Co-Founder & Operations Manager, Aesir Metals).

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Women 2.0 Pitch Night…batter swing!

Sophia Perl of Wisdom

Kenya is the most advanced for mobile payment. A lot of entrepreneurs attended the event as evident by business cards with “Founder&# listed. Presenters: Sarah Allen (Co-Founder & CTO, Mightyverse) and Paul Lundahl (Creative Director, Mightyverse). Presenter: Jennifer Bonnett (Founder & CEO, Nexpense). Presenters: Sarah Jordan (Co-Founder & General Manager, Aesir Metals), Mark DeBruin (Co-Founder & Operations Manager, Aesir Metals).

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25 Entrepreneurs Explain What They Love About Being An Entrepreneur

Hearpreneur

To me personally, being the founder of an online business, distribution will never be a problem. As the co-founder of the Virtual Global Consultant (VGC) Group, I love the fact that we have created employment in underserved communities globally. We are generating employment for countries such as the United States, Philippines, Canada, Pakistan, India, Sri Lanka, Kenya, Ghana and Nepal. Being in love is great.

20 Best TED Talks For Students Of Social Media

YoungUpstarts

In this talk, Erik Hersman discusses Ushahidi, a Google Maps mashup used in Kenya following the 2008 elections. Twitter is one such tool, and co-founder Evan Williams offers great insight into the knowledge of Twitter users. Alexis Ohanian, co-founder of Reddit, explains how web stardom works in this quick talk that highlights the rise of Mister Splashy Pants, a humpback whale who is Internet famous.

From email scams to e-commerce wins: How online shopping is helping Nigeria fix its Internet reputation

The Next Web

Monty Munford is the founder of Mob76 , a company that helps companies become investible and prepares them for exit. Now, we have more than 500 employees and we deliver the widest range of products in the country,” said Raphael Afaedor, co-founder of JUMIA, at the time of funding. “We Companies will have to make drone delivery baskets that can fly around Mount Kenya, delivering and collecting a number of 20 kilo payloads as they do so.

37 Entrepreneurs Explain Why They Started Their Businesses

Hearpreneur

I am founder on an unconventional online gallery, The Art and Craft Gallery. Ajay Prasad, the founder of GMR Web Team < [link] > #15) Take Advantage of an Opportunity. Karibu Markets began after a trip I took to Kenya in early 2014. For me, and the other co-founder of MaxOut Strength Studio, we identified a unique piece of fitness equipment that would create an instant differentiator from all other fitness concepts. Each business has a story.

10+ Trends: Recap of 2011 and What’s Next…

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In Kenya, M-Pesa processed more transactions domestically than Western Union did globally, and “ provided mobile banking facilities to more than 70 per cent of the country’s adult population” , most of whom never had banking services before. Kiva co-founder Jessica Jackley’s latest venture Profounder is one platform that could power these transactions.

Beware The Consultant

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John is currently a partner at Rincon Venture Partners , a venture capital firm investing in early stage web-based businesses, and is a Co-Founder of RevUpNet , a performance-based online marketing agency. Kenya Dream Epitomizes The Art Of “Fun-raising” Philanthropy. |. Interview: Scott Dinsmore, Co-Founder Cumbre Capital and author of the inspirational blog, LiveYourLegend. |. Interview: Naval Ravikant, Co-Founder AngelList and Co-Maintainer Venture Hacks. |.

Lousy Products Might Break Your Bones – But A Name Will Seldom Hurt You

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In all cases, these names were derived by the Founders, without the involvement of consultants, MBAs, focus groups, statistically valid surveys or other detriments to a startup’s ability to make quick, sound decisions. Jerry Yang and David Filo, Yahoo’s Founders, chose the name, as they considered themselves to be “Yahoos.”.When eBay – Derived from Founder Pierre Omidyar’s consulting company, Echo Bay Technology Group. About Who the Heck is Uncle Saul?