Launching a start-up in Africa is not for the faint-hearted. Very few promising ventures - even those that achieve solid traction, can expect to land Silicon Valley type investment offers that might allow a founder the liberty to concentrate solely on growth, versus say, survival.
This week's discussion is inspired in part by a recent blog post by iROKOtv Founder and MD, Jason Njoku, written in response to a question posted on a popular Nigerian tech message board by someone who was curious to know how many Nigerian startups are in fact profitable.
Tefo Mohapi and Andile Masuku weren't quite sure of what to make of both the question and Jason's subsequent response to it, so they decided to bounce some ideas around to try and determine which of these three:
- Being cash flow positive
African startup founders should focus on in order to succeed. Consider this just the start of a very long conversation that will definitely continue.
A highlight this week was having Jovago.com Founder and MD, Marek "Chinedu" Zmyslowski join Tefo and Andile on this week's African Tech Round-up while he was in Johannesburg on business. It was very kind of him to let us hijack him for a couple of hours, and include his two cents on this week's news and discussion topics.
Be sure to catch all the week's biggest digital, tech and innovation news:
- Kenya and South Sudan are set to start work on a multi-million dollar high-speed fibre optic cable within the next two years,
- The Consumer Federation of Kenya is leading a boycott of DSTV over high cable subscription rates,
- Nigerian e-commerce platform Yudala is keen to pull an 'Amazon' as it plans to roll out a traffic-beating drone-delivery service,
- South Africa’s largest online news platform, News24, has finally opted to disable public comments to articles posted on their website,
- Facebook 2nd Quarter African User numbers reveal some fascinating trends,
- Singtel, Orange, Deutsche Telekom and Telefónica are joining forces to launch a VC initiative spanning Southeast Asia, Africa, Europe, Latin America and the Middle East, and
- A quick reminder to anyone living in South Africa that public comments on the proposed new Cybercrimes and Cybersecurity Bill are to be submitted to the Department of Justice and Constitutional Development on or before November 30th.