How I will become the next technology entrepreneur in Africa

I usually flinch at the thought of entrepreneurship. My mind conjures images of my poor sales background, which I conclude is due to the lack of tact ingrained in science nerds. True to the engineer that I am, I begin to poke at the notion of being an entrepreneur. What would it involve? What product would I sell? How would I get the requisite skill to do it? The answers to these questions do not often yield positive answers. Continue reading

Africa: Reintroduced

To define Africa as a whole makes it necessary to look at it from the outside. But constantly doing so results in tropes that undermine the perspectives of those that live on the continent.” – Nancy Kacungira, Winner of BBC World News Komla Dumor Award for Africa – Why I cannot tell ‘the African Story’.

Talking about Africa has become increasingly popular these days where Africa is normally referenced as a single homogeneous entity. Continue reading

The art of problem solving: Why I don’t know what I don’t know

How do we deal with problems we can’t solve? Or questions we can’t respond to? “I don’t know” is one of the most difficult statements an engineer can make.  However, just stopping at “I don’t know” is, to me, one of the most tragic mistakes a good engineer can make.  I believe that it is important to know why I don’t know before I can lay the issue to rest.  Continue reading

New year, New resolutions, Same person

Everyone has targets. In life, in their careers, in their hobbies. Quick example, when we talk about being successful, isn’t that a target? Or watching one episode of Grey’s Anatomy after work, isn’t this a goal? Most of our goals are bobbing around in our heads, easily thrown out when another seemingly more important item comes to mind. It is, no wonder, that the last three months of the year elicit a frenzied rush to achieve all those targets that we haven’t even thought about for the most part of the year. Continue reading

Prepare for the future you want

Many people dream of success, but only a few achieve the level of success they want. The future belongs to those who dare to prepare for it. As much as we seem to be uncertain about our futures, the decisions we make now will influence the future. Continue reading

Personal branding hacks for beginners

Lately, I have been obsessing about my personal brand. Every other page, blog or website I visit is coincidentally talking about the same thing, personal branding! I don’t believe in coincidence, so it is high time I address it. Continue reading

6 Tips for Better Work-Life Balance

A Kenyan daily recently published a list of top 40 women under the age of 40 working in business, technology, science and social ventures. 74% of these women cited work-life balance as the major challenge that they experienced, followed closely by working in a male dominated field. Randi Zuckerberg, an entrepreneur, summarizes work life balance as a dilemma containing five things: building a great career; spending time with family; maintaining friendships; staying fit and getting sleep. Of the five, she states, pick three. This is a harsh statement of reality. Quick self-assessment will reveal the truth of these statements.

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