9: Everyone's Not So Favourite Driver

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Uber's Roman-style campaign to achieve utter and complete worldwide domination has encountered a setback in Kenya. Much to the surprise of many, the company is yet to enjoy the runaway success it has become accustomed to.

In last week's episode of the African Tech Round-up we reported on Uber Kenya's plans to run an experiment to allow some of its Kenyan customers to pay for trips using cash or M-Pesa.

This followed claims made by the company that the slow adoption of their service in Kenya was due to the fact that many Kenyans are unbanked and do not possess credit and debit cards.

In this week's show, Andile Masuku and guest co-host, Vouchercloud South Africa Managing Director, Lyndon Munetsi discuss the challenges that Uber might be facing in rolling out its hugely successful business model in Kenya - especially given the company's well-documented zero-quibbles approach to taking on new territories. In the meantime, it remains to be seen whether their latest attempts to woo Kenyan users will prove to be effective.

Also, be sure to stay up to date with all the week's biggest news from across the continent:

  • Find out why African seed fund and accelerator 88mph is taking a break from investing in startups,
  • Get details on how tech education innovators Andela and WeThinkCode_ are poised to disrupt tech talent development on the continent,
  • Learn why Ad Dynamo is giving up its reputable contextual ad network business to concentrate on servicing Twitter,
  • Get the low-low on the launch of a new Kenyan laptop brand called Taifa, and
  • Discover which major African capital city is set to get free movies and calls via WiFi.