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Revisiting What I Know About Network Effects And Startups

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 ...

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Fixing Africa’s Clusters of Inventions

More than five hundred years ago, the gross world product was flat as global economic growth was stagnant. In other words, generations of people that lived apart did not experience major changes in living standards. Though there were empires and ...

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Five Pillars for Building Africa’s Hi-Tech Sector

The fifth annual Global Entrepreneurship Summit (GES) will take place on November 19 – 21, 2014 in Marrakech, Morocco, the first time in an African nation.  The Summit, hosted by the Kingdom of Morocco under the High Patronage of his ...

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Fifth Annual Global Entrepreneurship Summit Will Take Place In Morocco

The fifth annual Global Entrepreneurship Summit (#GES2014) (http://www.gesmarrakech2014.org) will take place on November 19 – 21, 2014 in Marrakech, Morocco, the first time in an African nation.  The Summit, the largest gathering of entrepreneurs during Global Entrepreneurship Week, will be ...

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Kaspersky Lab: Ebola hook in “Nigerian” spam

In September spammers produced topical new versions of the old “Nigerian Letter” scam, this time based on the Ebola virus. According to company’s experts several mass mailings exploited this theme. A large part of the major theme mailings promoted products ...

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“Although global e-retailer Amazon celebrated its 20th anniversary in July, eCommerce companies in Africa are only now beginning to mark and / or accelerate their presence in the marketplace. An example is Nigeria online retailer, Jumia, which despite being founded only two years ago, is quickly gaining market share within the country which reiterates the region’s potential.   A recent report by McKinsey & Company(1) also revealed that, eCommerce could account for 10% of retail […]

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Nigeria is now home to over 48 million Internet users according to the Director General of the country’s National Information Technology Development Agency, Dr. Peter Jack. According to him, Information and Communications Technology contributes over 8 per cent to the country’s Gross Domestic Product and is now growing at about seven percent annually. The country’s target is to grow its ICT industry to about 15 per cent of GDP.   To tap into its rapidly growing […]

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In September spammers produced topical new versions of the old “Nigerian Letter” scam, this time based on the Ebola virus. According to company’s experts several mass mailings exploited this theme. A large part of the major theme mailings promoted products and services using popular social networking sites: the spammers promised an instant influx of new customers and income growth.   “Spammers routinely try to exploit breaking news and topical events. The scammers seldom miss an […]

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Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) is when an organization or a company lives a good neighbourly life with the community in which it operates in. This is done by incorporating the ‘triple bottom line’ in its operations (that is, economic sustainability, social sustainability and environmental sustainability). According to the World Business Council for Sustainable Development, Corporate Social Responsibility is “the continuing commitment by business to behave ethically and contribute to economic development while improving the quality […]

AIRTEL

A new report from Juniper Research has claimed that voice and messaging traffic lost to OTT (Over The Top) players such as WhatsApp, Facebook and Skype will cost network operators $14 billion in revenues globally this year, up by 26% on 2013.   The report – Mobile Operator Business Models: Challenges, Opportunities & Strategies 2014-2019 – found that in a number of markets, including Italy, Spain and the UK, operator mobile voice revenues had fallen to less than 60% […]

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The National Agency for Science and Engineering Infrastructure (NASENI) wishes to employ dynamic, focused and result-oriented professionals to fill the position below in its Development Institutes: Job Title: Managing Director, Electronics Development Institute (ELDI) – CONRAISS 15 Location: AwkaJob Description The Electronics Development Institute, Awka has the mandate to develop technologies required by the electronics materials and equipment industries, and in particular, to undertake research, development and production work into the following: System for the production […]

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Social Media Week Lagos (SMW Lagos) co-produced by Dragon Africa and AFRIKA21 returns to Lagos, Nigeria for a third year February 23 – 27, 2015.  SMW Lagos was launched in 2013 with Lagos being the first African city to host the international conference.  To date over 15,000 people have participated in the now annual conference and more than 400,000 people have engaged with SMW Lagos content online. #SMWLagos is part of the larger Social Media Week global conference, […]

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