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Poor data collection in Africa 👩🏿‍💻

African governments, generally speaking with possibly a few exceptions, seem to have a poor data collection culture. This hampers their planning.
Business

Significant improvement in computer sales in Egypt during 2020

The mobile market in Egypt declined by between 4%-5% during 2020, as the volume of sales of smartphones and accessories reached about EGP 47bn. At the same time, computer sales in Egypt grew to 500,000 in 2020.

The M-PESA 1Tap service that failed

A few years ago, Safaricom introduced M-PESA 1Tap in Kenya, a service that was supposed to revolutionize payments. Unfortunately, despite it reducing the number of steps taken to make a payment, it failed.

Craig McLeod on building and scaling tech startups

In this episode of The Tefo Mohapi Show, Craig McLeod, CEO of BoxCommerce shares with us what it takes to build a tech startup that scales. Craig also shares insights on venture capital, the importance of having the right team, and more.

Trends that will likely shape Nigeria’s retail sector in 2021

According to Nigeria's TradeDepot, the impact of the pandemic, rising inflation, border closures, and other issues drove significant changes in behavior for retailers, distributors, and manufacturers in 2020.
Books

Science fiction books build mental resilience in young readers

According to research, science fiction provides more than escapism for young readers., including mental resilience.

What happens when the fundamentals that a business is based on change?

In his book, Andy S. Grove (ex-CEO of Intel), talks about a Strategic Inflection Point in business. This is explained as "a time in the life of a business when its fundamentals are about to change."

A book that digs deep into the inner workings of Spotify

The book, Spotify Teardown - Inside The Black Box of Streaming Music, tells a story of how Spotify is not what it generally says it is, it is actually more like Facebook, an advertising and user data driven company.

Marek Zmyslowski's new tell-all book sets the record straight

In his new tell-all book, Chasing Black Unicorns, Marek Zmyslowski sets the record straight on some of the controversy that followed him when running an online travel startup in Nigeria. He also writes about some of the lessons learned as a tech entrepreneur targeting African markets.