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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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According to a market research company, IDC, global  media tablet shipments rose by 88.9% on a sequential basis and 303.8% year over year in the second calendar quarter of 2011 (2Q11) to 13.6 million units.   Apple continues to drive this growth in the sector with the iPad brand taking more than 68.3% market share of the sector, up from 65.7%.  Research in Motion entered the media tablet market in 2Q11 with its PlayBook product, […]

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The Economist reports that Sierra Leone along with Central African Republic, Chad, the Democratic Republic of Congo, Eritrea, Guinea, Liberia, São Tomé and Príncipe and the Seychelles, have no fiber optic connections.   In these places, internet use is both expensive and slow. Sierra Leone’s National Telecommunications Commission (NATCOM) estimates that the entire country, with a population of 6m, has around 155 megabits of bandwidth, less than would serve a small American town. The World […]

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MTN has unveiled a new product/service, according to its website. It is basically a promo developed around Nokia X7.  The instruction on how to get it, according to MTN website is straightforward:   Game on with the Nokia X7 Loaded with Free MTN Data Bundle 750MB Data valid for 3 months 4″ AMOLED screen HD Gaming and Entertainment Powerful browsing experience To activate bundle, send Nokia to 131 Look out for the promo sticker on […]

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Airtel Africa, Standard Chartered Bank and MasterCard Worldwide have today announced the commercial launch of the world’s first virtual card that operates off a mobile wallet linked to Airtel’s mobile commerce offering – Airtel money. While initially launched in Kenya, this product will soon be available across Africa.   The groundbreaking mobile commerce product known as ‘PayOnline’ will give consumers across the continent greater financial inclusivity in the global e-commerce sector. Registered Airtel customers will […]

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The cloud computing boom is yielding major opportunities for wireless service providers, allowing them to cash in on a market where consumer and enterprise spending is set to expand nearly fivefold during the next five years to reach more than $100 billion in 2015, according to new insights from the IHS iSuppli. Consumer and enterprise spending on the public segment of the cloud is projected to rise to $110 billion in 2015, up from $23 […]

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Nigeria is set to begin a new phase in our history – earning foreign exchange in Chinese  Yuan. The government hopes to keep 5-10% of the foreign export earnings in Yuan. Congratulations to the Chinese for making this giant stride and reaching this pinnacle of nations holding reserve in its currency. It means they have the gravitas and respect that comes with being a powerful nation in the league of nations.   Tekedia understands that […]

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Two Nigerian icons, Kanu Nwankwo, and Tuface Idibia, have been lined up as star attraction at the finals of the exciting Airtel’s Under 17 football talent hunt programme, Airtel Rising Stars tournament which began across the country in July, 2011.   According to Airtel Nigeria, the huge followers of Nigeria’s former Super Eagle’s captain, Kanu, and iconic musician, Tuface, will have a swell time as the duo put a final touch to what they started […]

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