Tag: startups


05
Apr 2017
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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. However, 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......

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07
Feb 2017
How to Build a Startup as a Non-Tech Founder

How to build a startup as a non-tech founder culled from Founders Institute: Startups and innovative technology have become so synonymous with one another. So synonymous that many people now think that you can’t create one without the other. It is necessary to have an understanding of the technology that you’re building. However, you actually do not need to be a developer or engineer or computer scientist to launch an impactful company. If you’re an aspiring entrepreneur who wants to launch a tech startup but doesn’t have much tech......

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27
Sep 2016
Attracting and retaining your first users as a virtual start-up

I have had startups across Nigeria, Kenya, and Ghana, and clients who consult with SME Growth Hub, especially technology startups, ask the same ageless question; “how do we get our first line of users for our platform?” This had me gathering some research, which I’ll freely share with you. I am writing to help startups across Africa, and anywhere else, with developing the frame of mind and strategic thinking for finding the first users and consolidating on them. This write-up is centred around five successful startups — Konga, Jumia,......

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28
Jul 2016
18 Steps On How To Become An SME Consultant In Africa

How do you grow your small business consulting practice? What skills do you need? I’ve been a small business consultant a long time, and these are the essentials that have worked for me. I think they’ll work for you, too. Here are 18 steps to becoming a small business consultant. Whether you call yourself a consultant, coach, advisor or mentor, these steps will help you develop skill sets as well as grow your business.   The Coach-Consultant Concept A small business consultant works with clients on strategy, planning and......

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