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

Techstars and The Nature Conservancy

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Amy went to Tanzania and Kenya in 2009 with TNC to increase capacity of TNC non-profit partners. The Nature Conservancy and Techstars just announced a partnership to create the Techstars Sustainability Accelerator. Amy and I were part of the public announcement this week in Denver. Both organizations are important to us so it’s a joy to be involved in having them work together. Amy and I have been supporters of The Nature Conservancy (TNC) since we started our relationship in 1990.

Travels in 2015

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Egypt , Copenhagen, Tanzania (safari!), San Francisco is an amazing place to live in. But there’s so much in the world to see and so many interesting opportunities elsewhere that travel has become a big part of my personal and professional life. 2015 began for me in Maui.

For tech to develop in emerging economies, the first obstacle is trust

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industry in Tanzania. Riding the wave of global awareness for the need to stay competitive, Tanzania has taken some positive steps forwards, including government investments in a fibreoptic backbone as well as strategic initiatives around promoting start-ups.

Creating a movement

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We’re now over 500 strong, and have raised over $500,000 which were used to build 6 schools, 14 libraries and 300 scholarships for girls in Nepal, India, Bangladesh, Cambodia, Vietnam and Tanzania. “Unless someone like you cares a whole awful lot, Nothing is going to get better.

How to Bring the Holiday Spirit of Giving into Work

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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.

Rethinking Impact Investing


My parents, who were both born and raised in different parts of Tanzania, were determined to show us the material poverty (and outsized generosity) of people on our first trip to India.

Three Megatrends That Will Affect Everybody’s Business


Over the next five years, some African economies (Ethiopia, Mozambique and Tanzania, just to name a few) are likely to grow as fast as, or faster, than some of the recent Asian champions. by Professor Dominique V. Turpin, president of IMD.

Heart of Smartness: A Tech Accelerator for Africa


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. My 3G connection in Tanzania is better than what I get in San Francisco.

10 Amazing Microfinance Success Stories


Reuben Mpunda, Tanzania. The benefits of microfinance have been debated since the ’70s when the Grameen Bank in Bangladesh began making tiny loans to impoverished small business owners. In 2006, Muhammad Yunus, the bank’s founder and “the father of microfinance,” won the Nobel Peace Prize.

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Impressions from an African Safari

Ben Casnocha: The Blog

I recently completed a six night safari in Tanzania (in addition to three nights at the base of Mount Kilimanjaro hiking around). I enjoyed the trip very much, in part because it was unlike any other travel experience I’ve had.

Empowering Employees to Develop Themselves

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Through the grant, one employee went to Tanzania to help a nonprofit group address the HIV/AIDS epidemic. At this company, employees get an annual allowance of $1,500 that they can spend to learn about (almost) anything. Hiring new talent is both costly and time-consuming.

Bankless Banking Is Ready For Its Close-Up


In Kenya and Tanzania, over 25 million people use the M-Pesa mobile payments platform, operated by Safaricom and Vodacom, with money sent via text message. by Harold Montgomery, Chairman and CEO of MoneyOnMobile.

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Book Review: Dark Star Safari by Paul Theroux

Ben Casnocha: The Blog

I read portions of the book in comfortable hotels or cars in Tanzania, often whizzing by the abject poverty. While traveling to Africa a few weeks ago, I read Dark Star Safari: Overland from Cairo to Cape Town by Paul Theroux.

The 5 Types of Employees You’ll Find on Your Startup Journey (and How to Manage Them)

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He was joking, of course—your employees aren’t a bunch of animals struggling for survival at a watering hole in Tanzania—but they sure will act like it sometimes.

Big Data – Doing Good?


Exchanging ideas with entrepreneurs from Tanzania, Kenya, Brazil among others resulted in vivid experience exchange from those quite diverse markets. Photo: Shutterstock. BEAM is a joined program of Tekes and Finnish Ministry for Foreign Affairs to foster business among impact companies.

Lithuania's Eskimi Positions itself in Africa with Partnerships with Nokia and Operators


Getting a wider geographic footprint seems to be on the roadmap as Paukštys tells us, "We started focusing on other African markets like Ghana, Kenya, Tanzania and South Africa and all these markets combined account for more than 2 million members currently.".

Startup Strategy Roundtable: African Tech Entrepreneurs Emerging


And it was really cool to see a company from Tanzania. Next Taha Jiwaji of Dar es Salaam, Tanzania, gave us an interesting snapshot of some opportunities opening up in Africa. I liked all of the companies that were presented at this week's roundtable.

Development Through Self Empowerment


I have spent a lot of time thinking about aid to developing nations, especially after my summer working on a UNIDO (United Nations Development Organization) project in Tanzania training women entrepreneurs. While in Rwanda, I went on long drives, for it’s the only way to see this beautiful country. Some roads are paved but many are not — one day, it took us 10 hours to travel a little over 200 kilometers on a bumpy dirt road winding through the hills.

Is the Paperless Office Possible?

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The Social Entrepreneur When four students at the London School of Economics from an unlikely quartet of countries—Kazakhstan, Italy, Tanzania, and Germany—teamed up for a social entrepreneurship project to produce audiovisual materials for NGOs, paperless processes proved essential. "We

Timbeeeeer!! (Diameter)


Since the business they find themselves in is global in a different sense of the word when compared to the usual internet startups, Timber Diameter has potential penetration in areas like Tanzania.

The Unbearable Lightness of Travel

Ben Casnocha: The Blog

Levi is an American traveler and talented writer who's riding his bicycle through Uganda, Rwanda, Burundi, Tanzania, and Kenya. His dispatches from the road are worth following if you read travel blogs. In a recent post he first covers the liberating freedom of not owning much stuff. Things are a burden: nice and expensive things come with the stress of potentially losing those nice and expensive things.

Eskimi Hits 5 Million Users, Sees Solid Growth In Africa


There is also a growing user-base in Ghana, South Africa,Kenya, Namibia, Tanzania, and Zimbabwe, where there are over 250 000 users each. Eskimi , the Lithuanian-based mobile social network based on flirting, has announced it recently hit 5 million users, and is growing at 30 000 a day. The service has grown steadily in popularity in Africa, where desktop-based social networks have not meet the needs of every mobile user.

Small Business Spotlight of the Week: TripBucket

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While living my personal Dream to Summit Mount Kilimanjaro in Tanzania we took the website live, literally as I was hiking up the mountain. Did you know that January is the considered by pseudoscience to be the most depressing month ? The holidays are over, the days are still short and, if you live in the Midwest, it means day-dreaming on how you’re going to get out of this icy, cold, snow-filled landscape.

Sibesonke Wins AfricaCom 2010, Telecom Innovation of the Year Award


Other finalists in the same category with Sibesonke were Ericsson (Base Transceiver Station), Helios Towers (Lean Operator Model), Vodafone & Vodacom Tanzania (M-PESA) and Zephyr Corporation (Wind Powered Network). Fantastic news to start the week off. The Finland based Sibesonke , a mobile service company, has been announced the winner of the AfricaCom 2010 , Telecom Innovation of the year -category. The competition has now been held for the third consecutive year.

Taking the Risk out of Doing Business Overseas

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I soon founded Africa Biofuel and Emission Reduction (Tanzania), Ltd., Starting and running a company in an emerging market means you need to forget some of the basic things you've learned about entrepreneurship.

Bank4Hope Helps The Poor Through Transparent Donations


The aid organizations present their projects on the Bank4Hope portal, which may range from a 5 € computer course to 19 year old woman in Tanzania to building a 330 € health camp in Nepal. International development aid and tech startups are an unlikely but promising combination, as is shown by Aspectus Ltd , a Finland-based startup that officially launched its online donation portal, Bank4Hope , on Tuesday.

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A Glimpse: My American Dream


When I looked at my inbox this morning, I had emails from six organizations I have advised/worked with over the past couple of years (including Astia and Techstars ) announcing their partnership with the White House’s Startup America initiative. And, lest I for a moment forgot that I am living the American dream, thanks to parents who left a life that they loved to give me an even better one, it was once again etched in my mind. It seems like yesterday (although it was 1989!)

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7 Crisis-Planning Steps You Need to Take Before Your Summer Vacation

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So what should you do to make sure your organization is crisis-ready before you head for Tahiti, Tanzania, or Trenton? Crises don''t take holidays, so your company has to create detailed processes ahead of time to deal with them. What do the deaths of 19 firefighters in Arizona, the Lehman Brothers bankruptcy, and 9/11 have in common? Each terrible crisis occurred during those lazy, hazy crazy days of summer.

How to Help African Entrepreneurs

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My mother was born in Tanzania, and my father in Uganda. Ashish Thakkar survived horror to become one of the central figures of African business. Here''s his view of the continent''s startup ecosystem.

Head Over Hills: Lithuanian Mobile Flirting Platform Eskimi Is Growing


Ghana, Kenya, Tanzania and Namibia are also showing substantial growth, according to Vytautas Paukstys, CEO. Online dating has been a growing trend in Western hemisphere but of course people enjoy flirting all over the world.

D-Wave's Dream Machine

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Born in Tanzania, Rose spent his first two years in Moshi, a jumping-off point for the Ngorongoro Crater, where his father was a wildlife-management officer. D-Wave thinks it has built the world''s first commercial quantum computer. Mother Nature has other ideas. "I

We Will Be the Best-Run Business in America

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Baldrige hung out in the back of Potterfield's brain, but he didn't think about it seriously again until 2003, while on a three-week safari in Tanzania. Highly Targeted Larry Potterfield's company has more than 1,500 formal business processes.'>