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How Lean Startup Helped Serve Communities in Kenya

Startup Lessons Learned

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. Fix the distribution bottleneck in rural Kenya. “My In some countries, like Kenya, the vast majority are not connected to the grid because there is no grid. There are literally hundreds of thousands of potential family clients in our region in Western Kenya. “We

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Elon Musk Says the Government Will Have to Pay Citizens a Salary. This Company Is Testing That Theory

Inc Startups

An experiment taking place in Kenya could drive a big conversation in the U.S. about how to deal with a future that includes fewer jobs for people

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NC company carved out of $418M contract for warplane; U.S. Rep. Ted Budd tries to halt sale

Winston-Salem Journal State/Region News

Now Kenya wants to buy some IOMAX USA Inc., based in Mooresville, modifies crop dusters into surveillance planes fortified with such weapons as Hellfire missiles. The United Arab Emirates, Jordan, Egypt and Saudi Arabia use them to protect their borders.

Why Nairobi Is the Developing World's 'Silicon Savannah'

Inc Startups

As the capital of Kenya, and the most populous city in Eastern Africa, Nairobi is fast-becoming a technology epicenter. An agile mobile banking system is providing new market opportunity for digital entrepreneurs

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3 African Entrepreneurs Overcoming the Odds & Helping Others

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George Ouma – Kenya George Ouma is a tailor from Nzanza, Kenya. People living in countries like Kenya and Nigeria are incredibly thankful for the fact that this technology to send mobile payments exists.

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What’s in it for you? Nothing? Then you’re doing it right.

Jeff Hilimire

My aunt Kemie teaching children in Kenya to read. I recently finished my aunt Kemie’s book, A Book Teacher for Every School , about her experiences bringing thousands and thousands of books to children in Kenya for decades. I love her.

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The Innovation Serengeti

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Have you been to Kenya or Tanzania during the annual wildebeest (and zebra and others) migration? It is an amazing sight to see the thundering herds seek out greener pastures. The New Florence blog feels as dynamic. Through July, there. Innovative Business Uses of Technology

5 Most Inspirational Videos of 2012

Inc Startups

Sole to Soul: Helping Kenya's Kids As somebody who has personally seen the poverty in East Africa, I know that these three girls are making a big difference These five short videos will remind you what's important in life and work.

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Africa Online: Check out “The Shift”

David Cohen

In the first segment, Rwanda, Kenya and South Africa are featured: African entrepreneurship has really been moving forward for some time now. A while back I invested in a company called Mobius Motors , which is based in Kenya.

Startup Map & Trends Analysis – November 2012

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Kenya had one of the largest increases, and jumped 13 spots to 22nd for the month of November. For November 2012 we are noticing an interesting trend of product ready companies declining, while concept stage companies are rising. This trend is mostly led by a decrease in product ready internet web service companies in the US, Canada, Spain and the United Kingdom, and with an increase in concept stage companies in Spain, India, Brazil and the United States.

My 13 Favorite Alternative Funding Options of 2013

Up and Running

and Kenya. From their website: While microfinance has helped millions, many people have been left out: Think remote rural villages in Kenya or recent refugees with no credit history in the United States. This has been a big year for advances in business funding.

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The Mission: Teach 10 Million Kids--and End Poverty

Inc Startups

Like many African nations, Kenya was awash in schools, both public and private. The founders decided to go the for-profit route because they thought it was the best way to fine-tune the schools and scale quickly, says Kimmelman, speaking by phone from 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. Africa has most of the elements required for technology innovation.

The World’s Bank: How Crowdfunding is Disrupting Old Banking

Reid Hoffman

Take Erastus Kimani, a 73 year old schoolteacher turned entrepreneur, who lives in a remote part of Kenya without indoor plumbing, much less indoor banking. By Julie Hanna and Reid Hoffman.

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5 Business Books You Should Read This Spring

Inc Startups

An American woman goes to Kenya, by chance meets a young orphan boy, and in time their lives are forever changed. They''re great. And they''ll help you become greater. I promise they''re all good: 1. Step Up: Lead in Six Moments That Matter, by Henry Evans and Colm Foster.

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chaganomics.blogspot.com: Mobile Airtime As Currency

Chaganomics

Fraudulent Mobile Airtime Transfers Report One of the best examples of airtime transfers, NPMs or M-Payments is an operation found in Kenya. In 2007, Kenya’s Safaricom launched its pioneering mobile payment program called “M-Pesa.” chaganomics.blogspot.com. Translate.

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Are Banks the Next Dinosaurs?

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The most documented example of this is M-Pesa’s mobile money platform in Kenya, which I have written about a few times on this blog, including in my thesis piece When Third is First.

How to Bring the Holiday Spirit of Giving into Work

Up and Running

When I was in high school, my friends and I set up a giving tree outside the school library, as a fundraiser for the Harambee Centre, an organization which provides, among other things, ambulatory services; and which builds schools for children in Kenya, Tanzania, and Uganda.

10 Amazing Microfinance Success Stories

YoungUpstarts

Joyce Wafukho, Kenya. After five years of being turned down by lenders, she approached the Kenya Women Finance Trust for a $680 loan.

Traveling the world, meeting startups: What We learned

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kenya’s winner Sematime makes it easy for people to send bills and invoices to large groups of contacts via SMS. We were surprised at how many female entrepreneurs pitched in the competition, particularly in Mexico City, Buenos Aires, Kenya, Rwanda, Tanzania.

crowdSPRING Community Gives Back with Branding for Global Sanitation Non-Profit gather

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“In March, we met with more than 25 sanitation providers in Kenya and Uganda, and discovered that this lack of data was a universal problem,” explains gather Co-Director John Peter Archer.

New Yorker Longreads for the Holiday Weekend

Hunter Walker

In Living Color – Kenya Barris brings “black-ish” to life as a modern era family sitcom, able to confront race and class directly. I’m on vacation this week back East with my family. One of my personal anachronisms is a love of print magazines. Since so much of my life is spent in front of a screen, I can’t imagine reading longer articles or books in the same format I do email.

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

Steve Blank

Rocio Perez-Ochoa , co-founder of Bidhaa Sasa , which finances and distributes household goods that can improve families’ quality of life in rural Kenya. Successful founders believe anything is possible but they build strong founding teams to achieve their startup dreams.

Lauren Shuttleworth: How This Stationery Entrepreneur Educates Girls, Helps The Environment & Makes A Profit At The Same Time

Entrepreneurs-Journey.com by Yaro Starak

Lauren’s inner search began by working with rescued elephants in Thailand and from there moved on to Kenya to volunteer at a school. [ Download MP3 | Transcript | iTunes | Soundcloud | Raw RSS ] Like many entrepreneurs I’ve always had a strong urge to help other people, not just directly helping customers with my business, but in a broader social sense too. Donating to charities is great, but I’ve never felt.

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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. Africa has most of the elements required for technology innovation.

When Third is First

thebarefootvc

Take a look at these innovations which were first implemented in the emerging markets and are now making their way to the “first world”: Mobile Money: Six years ago, mPesa launched in Kenya to transfer money via cellphone.

The Paradigm Project’s Profit For The Poor

YoungUpstarts

The first project they’re engaged in is installing fuel-efficient cookstoves in Kenya. Give a man a fish and feed him for a day. Teach a man to fish, and you feed him for a lifetime.

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The Top 5 Best Cities For Possibility

Blogtrepreneur | Entrepreneur Blog

Nairobi, Kenya. Every year there’s a list of cities that have been researched to be the best of some category. There are the “most livable,” cities and the “happiest,” the “Best for VC Capital” and more, but can you put a measure on the cities with the most possibility?

5 African Tech Startups to Watch

Inc Startups

Waabeh : Kenya''s answer to iTunes seeks to empower artists with easy upload and distribution tools that offer higher sales royalties. With a number of American companies funneling money into the continent, Africa has become a hotbed of new businesses. Here''s a look at the best of the bunch.

Magnificent Mobile Website And App Analytics: Reports, Metrics, How-to!

Occam's Razor

According to Pew, while cell phones are nearly ubiquitous around the world (95% China, 91% Chile, 82% Kenya), penetration of smartphones are still getting there (37% China, 39% Chile, 19% Kenya).

Four Takeaways from WATEC 2011 Cleanvest Summit

VC Cafe

Both Taiwan and Kenya have made agreements to exchange water technology and data revolving with Israel. I was fortunate to attend the party over at WATEC Israel 2011’s Cleanvest Summit. This is a pre-WATEC summit where startups got a chance to present their ideas to investors and hopefully have someone catch their bait. Cleanvest spotlighted companies from all over the clean energy spectrum, while the rest of the 3 day event exhibited water related technology companies.

Here’s to You, Women in Business

Up and Running

Notably relating to business, African countries Burundi, Malawai, Bostwana and Kenya, it should be mentioned, all made the index’s “economic participation and opportunity” top ten.

New Yorker Longreads for the Holiday Weekend

Hunter Walker

In Living Color – Kenya Barris brings “black-ish” to life as a modern era family sitcom, able to confront race and class directly. I’m on vacation this week back East with my family. One of my personal anachronisms is a love of print magazines. Since so much of my life is spent in front of a screen, I can’t imagine reading longer articles or books in the same format I do email.

To Hire Well, Throw Away the Job Description

Inc Startups

Mark Fidelo, the creative director of Young & Rubicam, took a risk hiring Festus Mbuimwe from Kenya who responded to a job opening he was clearly was under qualified for. The traditional way to hire is to decide what Mr. or Ms. Right is like and then go find the closest match.

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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. Who doesn’t want this guy for a lunch date? At a cat cafe, you can dine surrounded by felines.

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8 Ways to Keep Your Brain Innovative

Inc Startups

Kenya reminded me of what's important: the beauty of the earth, good food, and fellowship. When I return from the Serengeti, my brain feels new. It's as if the hot African sun sears away mental fog. You can replicate this--closer to home.

Drones that Do Good

Inc Startups

Over time they became cheaper, and now they''re huge in places like Kenya. While I don''t think it''s reasonable to expect villages in Kenya to be buying Matternet in two years, if you think eight to ten years out, it will be in the realm of what''s possible."

5 Great Companies That Make Money & Do Good

Inc Startups

Recently named one of the 100 Most Creative People in Business , Dehtiar currently produces in Ethiopia, Liberia and Kenya--with plans to expand Oliberté to Cameroon, Congo, Uganda and Zambia. Need a little inspiration?

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Turns Shipping Containers into Med Clinics: G3Box

Inc Startups

Another team called Project Local, was also working on designing containers for maternity wards in Kenya." We are almost finished with our first prototype, which is a maternity ward that will be donated to a charity in Kenya by the end of this summer," Palermo says.

Industrial Spotlight: Michigan Tech: Dow Corning, HSC donation enables student research

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ambassador to Kenya The Dow Chemical Co projects to a panel of judges, including venture capitalists, corporations and business leaders at an all-day. at www.cleanenergytrust.org/events/about-the-challenge/ Dow Chemical, others talk with U.S.