Tag: entrepreneurship


18
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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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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17
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
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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29
Jan 2017
Ensuring Africa is not left behind in the ‘Fourth Industrial Revolution’

By: Antony Cook, Associate General Counsel, Corporate, External and Legal Affairs lead, Microsoft Middle East and Africa Technology is changing Africa. More than any other time in history, innovation is rapidly transforming almost every aspect of how people live, communicate, work and learn across the continent. The rate of change is so quick that some are calling this the ‘Fourth Industrial Revolution’. This transformation offers the potential to address some of Africa’s most pressing issues in areas including health, education and the environment. At the heart of this transformation is cloud computing.......

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27
Jan 2017
What does it mean for technology to be innately African?

By Amrote Abdella, Regional Director of Microsoft 4Afrika Mobile and cloud may be global technologies, but African start-ups have explored their functionalities, shaped their applications and used them to build differentiated business models suited to their markets. They have created new and uniquely African technologies that speak to their lifestyles and complexities, using the infrastructure as a base to deliver key services in ways the rest of the world would never have thought to. To us, this is what it means for technology to be innately African. Innovation Ecosystem No one has......

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25
Jan 2017
How to Build the Perfect Startup Ecosystem

We know what you’re thinking. Being an entrepreneur, you have more than enough on your plate to keep you busy. Despite your hectic schedule, you should always make time to not only build your own company, but build the community that surrounds your company. The success of your company is highly dependent on the ecosystem it thrives it! Whether it is your locality, your city or your country – you can do your part to make it better. Here’s how: Speak up Every industry has problem areas. Where there are problem areas,......

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18
Jan 2017
Make money for free - The Afropreneur

This title sounds a bit misleading, because nothing worthwhile comes easy, but down the next lines you’d be glad you read it . This is not one of those get rich schemes, it is not online magic, pyramid schemes or MMM (the new craze in Nigeria). I was invited to deliver a keynote speech at the First Africa Startup Digital Accelerator last week and while preparing I realized how lots of people have great ideas but are still broke. It’s not just entrepreneurs, it applies to corporate workers, leaders and individuals generally.......

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16
Jan 2017
How to create a Brand Persona for your Brand

You are an entrepreneur and you have identified a need and created a solution to it, how then would you get to the people you are creating the product for? This what creating a brand persona does for you. Sometimes, actually, most times you need to know these people beyond just their need for your product. You need to know their personality, age, where you can find them, what they do, what their challenges are as individuals, who they are, who they want to be and many other information that people would......

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