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On August 8, 2011 I published my first column at Tekedia. In that article I announced that I would be blogging about topics relevant to the problems early stage startup founders face, with particular emphasis on specific areas that the average African startup founder might find most perplexing. My experience studying from GCE O’ and A’ Level science and mathematics textbooks written for students in Europe and North America informed my thinking about the need […]

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Invariably, when I am meeting the founder of a startup for the first time to discuss the possibility that KEC Ventures might invest in their startup I ask this question; “What is your business Model?”1   Typically, the response I get is unsatisfactory. In this post I will discuss what I expect startup founders to include in their answer.   To ensure we are on the same page about what a startup is, I will […]

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Towards A Business Model For Funding African Startups – 2 Years Later[i]  Author: Brian Laung Aoaeh   Editor’s Note: This article which is also available here (PDF) is exclusive for Tekedia. While you can link it from your platforms, do not copy verbatim. Contact Tekedia if you want to reach the author.   Startups everywhere have to confront several life-threatening impediments, one of those obstacles manifests in the form of lack of easy access to early stage […]

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Towards A Business Model For Funding African Startups – 2 Years Later[i]  Author: Brian Laung Aoaeh   Editor’s Note: This article which is also available here (PDF) is exclusive for Tekedia. While you can link it from your platforms, do not copy verbatim. Contact Tekedia if you want to reach the author.   Startups everywhere have to confront several life-threatening impediments, one of those obstacles manifests in the form of lack of easy access to early stage […]

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The recently announced IPO of Alibaba got me thinking last week about network effects1 – what they are, how they develop and evolve, and how network effects can help or hurt a startup.   That is something I think about a lot, practically every day. In other words each time I am sitting across from a founder listening to that founders’ explanation of a startup’s market, the problem it is solving, and its business model, I am […]

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Hunter Walk’s blog post serves as the inspiration for this one. He points out that operations is key for startups operating in the on-demand economy. I want to pick up where he left off, and attempt to connect the dots. This post will answer the question “Why is operations important for tech startups?” All else equal, and I know that is rarely true, operations marks the difference between an unsustainable competitive advantage and a sustainable […]

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Brian is leading a workshop in NYC on Tuesday, September 30th on Term Sheets, Cap Tables and Company Valuations for Digital Undivided‘s 2014 FOCUS100 Fellows. He compiled his Tekedia posts (PDF) for the workshop attendees. We share them here for your convenience.  

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Convertible Notes 101: An Introduction – A Numerical Example [i] Author: Brian Laung Aoaeh   We started discussing term sheets sometime ago. If you missed those discussions you should consider reading the previous posts titled “The Anatomy of A Term Sheet” before you read this one.   Today we will walk through a simplified numerical example to demonstrate some of the arithmetic and logic associated with Convertible Note financing.[ii] You should read Convertible Notes 101: […]

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Convertible Notes 101: An Introduction [i] Author: Brian Laung Aoaeh   We started discussing term sheets sometime ago. If you missed those discussions you should consider reading the previous posts titled “The Anatomy of A Term Sheet” before you read this one.   Today we will discuss an alternative funding mechanism; the Convertible Note.[ii]   Our preceding discussion of term sheets assumed that you and your potential investors agree that the investors should join you […]

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The Anatomy of A Term Sheet: Participation Rights, Board of Directors, Expenses, Future Rights, Founder Matters, and Binding Terms [i]   Author: Brian Laung Aoaeh   We started discussing term sheets sometime ago. If you missed those discussions you should consider reading the previous posts titled “The Anatomy of A Term Sheet” before you read this one.   Today we will wrap up our discussion of term sheets.[ii]   Participation Rights:  This clause is negotiated […]

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