I sat down with a gentleman whose blog was struggling badly. He had come to the point that he was ready to pack things up. If you take a look at his blog, the first thing that strikes you is how it has great content. A lot of creativity has gone into it. But traffic has remained low, maxing at about 500 page views daily. And income was next to zero. What was the problem?…"Creativity Can Kill Your Blog Business"
This is one of my favourite topics for a few years now when speaking with young people in technology in Nigeria. An easy, proven way to succeed is to have a look at those who have a lead on you to see what they are getting right. I believe that Naija tech industry has things to learn from Naija music and movies industries. Nollywood (the Nigerian movie industry) and the Nigerian music industry are favourite…"Lessons Naija Tech can learn from Naija Music and Movies"
This afternoon, I opened another mail that came in today. It was from a corporation that wants a business partnership with MobilityArena. I know the company well. I know them well because we had approached them in the past for the very same partnership that they are now asking for. Our request was denied back then. But here we are today and the table is turned. They have come looking for us. What changed? Better…"When your results speak for you"
Behind the hype and noise that prevails about tech business in Nigeria, the statistics are chilling. Despite the big events celebrating launch after launch of apps and services, the real story that do not get told is that many of those apps never see up to a thousand downloads. And even worse is how many such projects die off unceremoniously. The Nigerian tech business terrain is a massive graveyard. But that should be no surprise.…"Tech Business in Nigeria: Beyond the Kool-Aid"
Growth is what every builder, entrepreneur, or business person, wants. There is no substitute for growth. Unfortunately, growth comes with pains. Whether you are growing teeth, improving and expanding social infrastructure (like roads), or growing a blog, there will be pains along the way. That is what growing Mobility Arena has been about. Going Against The Culture of Secrecy We do not have a culture of putting information out there. Statistics are hard to come…"Growing Mobility Arena: behind the scenes"
Recently, Sage published a report that highlights the romance between Nigerian youths (especially entrepreneurs) and disruptive mobile technology. By definition, a disruptive technology is one that changes the way that organisations and people run/approach their business. The report is an insightful read. There is a priceless nugget in the report though that isn’t highlighted, perhaps because the focus of the said report was technology. From a business perspective, however, I want to share a nugget…"Business Processes is why only 4% of Nigerian startups thrive"