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Apr 2017
6 Things You Must Quit Doing Now to Be More Successful

Most of us grew up hearing the mantra “Don’t be a quitter,” and we’ve internalized it to the point where we feel guilty if we don’t finish a book that’s boring us to death. Our parents weren’t entirely wrong in saying that persistence is necessary for success, but sometimes quitting is the most effective course of action. Whether it’s a failed project, a thankless job, or a doomed relationship, quitting can be a virtue. “Quitting is leading too.” –Nelson Mandela As it turns out, some of us are really good at knowing......

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12
Apr 2017
Meet Yvette Ondachi, The Entrepreneur Revolutionising Agriculture in Kenya

What makes Yvette so special and inspiring to us? Why would she quits a well paying job and focus on a venture that had a high probability of failing? Why is she so passionate? Reading articles on her didn’t do enough justice to her personality and love for the African continent, we discovered so much when we had a chat with her. Yvette Ondachi is a Kenyan Agro-Preneur and the CEO of Ojay Greene, a company that works with smallholder farmers to remove the barriers that limit them and give them access to......

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05
Apr 2017
Entrepreneurship is an Art—Not a Job

Over the last decade we assumed that once we found repeatable methodologies (Agile and Customer Development, Business Model Design) to build early stage ventures, entrepreneurship would become a “science,” and anyone could do it. I’m beginning to suspect this assumption may be wrong. WHERE DID WE GO WRONG? It’s not that the tools are wrong, I think the entrepreneurship management stack is correct and has made a major contribution to reducing startup failures. Where I think we have gone wrong is the belief that anyone can use these tools equally well. ENTREPRENEURSHIP......

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27
Mar 2017
Rethinking value proposition

When designing a Business Model for a startup or any business at all,   a “Value Proposition” is an essential element. This Value Proposition is combination of products, services, information or experiences offered to a market to satisfy a need or want. Successfully creating a differentiated Value Proposition, ensure it is successful. This is what has made Uber, Airbnb, Apple, Amazon and similar companies great. Over time, we have been thought to innovate by improving on products in the market, or creatively coming up with a new one. We’ve spent time viewing......

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10
Mar 2017
3 Crucial Questions to 'Fail Proof' Your New Business Idea

Starting a successful business is hard, but let’s not presume that entrepreneurship itself is intrinsically riskier than other things that popular culture deems as “acceptable.” You’ll never be able to completely avoid risk, either in your personal or professional life, but you can mitigate it significantly by having a solid game plan in place. You need a proven system that will help you determine which ideas are worth pursuing so that you don’t become a statistic of America, Inc. You want to be as certain as possible that your business will succeed before......

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01
Mar 2017
Our breakdown of Startup Grind Lagos' February Meetup with Nimi Akinkugbe and Muyiwa Oludayo

Startup grind has managed to break a norm that is often associated with most entrepreneurship events held in Nigeria. The event kicked-off on time and more impressive, guests and our guest speakers arrived on time which I suppose is fitting considering that our featured talk was on Time Management. In typical Startup Grind fashion we started with our Ice Breaker question to help ease the guest into the event. Discussing the difference between Businessmen and Entrepreneurs we had the following opinions: Entrepreneurs are passion driven while businessmen are more profit oriented –......

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Feb 2017
4 Bad Habits Blocking Your Great Idea From Becoming a Successful Business

You can’t build a successful business without a great idea, and if you’re a passionate entrepreneur you’ve got a dozen ideas that you talk about all the time. Your enthusiasm is infectious. Your friends and family offer endless words of encouragement, and the constant praise makes you feel happy, fulfilled and optimistic. Surely this latest idea will skyrocket you into the stratosphere of success – right? Here’s the harsh truth. Your idea will probably never see the light of day, and if you’re honest – you’re not surprised. After all, it’s easier......

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16
Feb 2017
The Afropreneur holds her first Pitchdeck Workshop for 2017

We all know how important pitching, selling yourself or business and knowing how to draft your pitch/slide deck are for a growing entrepreneur, especially those seeking investment. The Afroprenuer is hosting a pitchdeck workshop on Saturday, February 18 for our Lagos Entrepreneurs. They promise that it’ll be a fun and hands-on experience for each participant. You are advised to attend the training with your laptop and writing materials. This training is organised in conjunction with Startup Grind and Orange Academy – Africa’s 1st Practical School of Integrated Brand Experience. A lucky participant will also get a discount on......

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16
Feb 2017
Six ways to be more productive in 2017

Intelligent technology is changing how the world does things. Everyone is empowered to do more, and less. Using technology to tackle some of life’s most mundane tasks means spending more time doing what you love and less time doing what you have to do. Below is an infographic that looks at five ways we can be more productive this year, so we can achieve more in less time.  ...

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