Technology Entrepreneurs in Africa: a rising tide - by Erik Hersman


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Erik Hersman presents on the rising tide of technology entrepreneurs in Africa.

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Technology Entrepreneurs in Africa: a rising tide - by Erik Hersman

  1. 1. A Rising Tide: Tech Entrepreneurs in Africa By Erik Hersman @whiteafrican
  2. 2. solving everyday white problems AFRICAN where africa and technology collide with African ingenuity
  3. 3. “I’d like to visit Africa someday.” - South African Programmer
  4. 4. Karanja Macharia CEO of Mobile Planet (Kenya)
  5. 5. 40%
  6. 6. Fritz Ekwoge Founder of (Cameroon)
  7. 7. Tropically Tolerant Software
  8. 8. 600 Subscribers in Africa (millions) 450 300 150 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 0 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 Africa Subscriber Growth
  9. 9. The Ideal Founder A zealot with an almost annoying passion for their business and who could talk about their startup up every day, all day, easily. They are good at selling. They believe living frugally is spiritual and necessary. Understanding highly technical ideas as well as the bigger picture is something they are good at. They are not usually analytical. They don’t mind that each day is continually different, despite the chaotic nature of such. They know that money matters, but don’t spend too much time worrying about their personal bank account – that doesn’t help sell the product. Blind faith is often used to describe them. So is naivetéy.
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  11. 11. Corporate Partners
  12. 12. trusted intermediaries
  13. 13. Kenya is proving more lucrative per subscriber than South Africa - Mobile Advertising Network
  14. 14. Thank You Erik Hersman @whiteafrican