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Chini ya Maji Media

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A podcast covering the Nairobi startup ecosystem; the players, dynamics, lessons, success stories etc
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Professional Series : Wiza Jalakasi, VP, Global Developer Relations at Chipper Cash
The Power of Collaboration in Unlocking Opportunities "Success is layered on top of the success of others," Wiza Jalakasi.In this episode, we host Wiza Jalakasi, VP, Global Developer Relations at Chipper Cash, a lover of Africa Fintech travel, culture and life. Listen to Mark and Wiza as they unpack Africa's tech ecosystem, its players, its current state and how cultural differences impact the system.A lot of precious nuggets in this podcast, enjoy!
September 14, 2021
Founder Series : Mutie Mule, COO & Co-Founder, Solutech Limited
Betting on the right team of co-founders "One of the most important things to do when you are starting a tech company or any company is to look for good cofounders because they will definitely define the success of your company," Mutie Mule.In this episode, Mutie Mule, COO & Co-Founder of Solutech Limited, discusses the growth of Solutech from inception to now and what they project in the years to come. Get to see how Mutie and his team of co-founders transcended the notorious co-founder conflict and work together as a team of equals. A story focused on constant learning and unlearning. Enjoy! 
September 7, 2021
Founder Series : Wilberforce Seguton, CEO & Co Founder, Bunifu Technologies
Overcome Your Obstacles, Don't Settle! "The journey of entrepreneurship is not very straightforward," Wilberforce Seguton. In this episode, we host Wilberforce Seguton, CEO & Co-Founder of Bunifu Technologies, a leading tech scale-up in Nairobi, Kenya with its main focus being software development and information security. Get to hear Seguton's story of humble beginnings to how he embarked on his entrepreneurial journey. He even had to go back to up-country at some point because Nairobi, the green city in the sun, had become a 'shamba la mawe'. A relatable story for all of you who have struggled to get things off the ground.
September 1, 2021
Founder Series : Franziska Reh, CEO & Co Founder, Unconventional Capital
Believe in yourself and take the risk" If you want to tackle a problem at scale, you want to take the route of entrepreneurship," Franziska Reh.Meet Franziska Reh, CEO & Co-Founder of Unconventional Capital, a fintech company focusing on early-stage investing in Africa, who is a corporate financial consultant-turned-fintech entrepreneur. Listen to the story of how a young green peace activist from Bavaria, a town in the southern part of Germany chose to take a risk in solving the problem of funding early-stage entrepreneurs in Africa in a disruptive way. It's truly an unconventional conversation worth listening to!
August 27, 2021
Founder Series : Kageni Wilson, Founder & CEO of Finplus Group
Live life by creating solutions that have a positive impact "It is ok to take risks if you really believe in something," Kageni Wilson. In this episode, we host Kageni Wilson, Founder and CEO of Finplus Group, a white-label fintech platform in Nairobi for fintechs in Africa.  Get to see how a nerdy and creative individual got interested in the world of tech and building startups that led him to found Finplus GroupDid you know Kageni actually decided not to go to University? Many hilarious and insightful stories in this one. Enjoy!
August 24, 2021
Professional Series : Caine Wanjau, CTO, Twiga Foods
Process Matters "Tech is at the core of what we do, " Caine Wanjau. Join Mark and Caine, CTO at Twiga Foods, on this episode as they delve into Twiga Foods on how it has transited from a startup to a scale-up and how it has been impacted by the pandemic. Listen to Caine's riveting story on how he grew from a team of one to a team of sixty. You do not want to miss out on this episode full of insights on organisational culture and leadership!
August 18, 2021
Power To Our Women: Louise Pentland, EVP, Chief Business Affairs and Legal Officer, Paypal
Be intentional in making a difference "Diversity and inclusion is about helping everyone be the best version of themselves," Louise PentlandThis episode features Louise Pentland, EVP, Chief Business Affairs and Legal Officer at Paypal, a person passionate about driving diversity and inclusion in all spheres of life. Listen in as she shares about her career journey of academia into the corporate world and the lessons she learnt on the value of mentors and, how failure drives Innovation. Enjoy!
July 12, 2021
Power To Our Women : Lauren Hendricks, CEO Equity Group Foundation International
Succeeding as a female leader In this episode, we get to interact with Lauren Hendricks, CEO of Equity Group Foundation International. Lauren strongly believes in building great teams to succeed in leadership. Listen in to get her take on financing startups in Africa and how to succeed as a female leader. Enjoy!
July 5, 2021
Power To Our Women: Kathryn Ross, Managing Director, Accenture Ventures
Adaptiveness in a fast-changing world What an honor to share in conversation with passionate and like-minded Innovation Leaders.Meet Kathryn Ross, Managing Director at Accenture Ventures. She thrives on supporting black founders in making a difference.Listen in on how she perceives building networks, and how we can attract and keep women in tech. Enjoy!
June 29, 2021
Power To Our Women: Cheryl Contee, CEO, Do Big Things
"Get out of your safety net" In this episode, we host Cheryl Contee, CEO of Do Big Things, who shares insights around women in leadership, and speaks about her experience in the startup world.She goes ahead to give a hilarious story of how she discovered her entrepreneurial spirit. Enjoy!
June 21, 2021
Power To Our Women: Liz Wamai, Vice President, Recruitment, Facebook
Defining your career path Have you ever began your career journey in one area only to find yourself on a totally different path? Here's an engaging episode where we hosted Liz Wamai, VP, Head of Recruiting at Facebook who speaks on defining one's career path.She also shares helpful tips on recruiting talent for all recruiting professionals out there. Enjoy! 
June 8, 2021
Power To Our Women: Kathryn Finney, Tech Entreprenuer, Futurist, Active Angel Investor and Writer
What does it take to uplift other women in a space that you are still growing into? Well Kathryn Finney shares her profound experience in navigating entrepreneurship as a woman of colour and what led her to support black female entrepreneurs and women of colour.Enjoy!
May 24, 2021
Power To Our Women: Admas Kanyagia, Head of Social Impact, GitHub
We were privileged to host Admas Kanyagia, Head of Social Impact at GitHub. Admas thrives on impacting the community through social good activities and programs. In this episode, she gives valuable insight on her career journey and leadership experiences, alongside the importance of social impact in an organisation.Enjoy the conversation!
May 17, 2021
Founder series: Nick Quintong, CEO & Co-Founder of PayGoEnergy
Hi Chini Ya Maji Family, thank you for tuning in to Chini Ya Maji podcast, your one stop shop for all startup news and stories. In this episode, we hosted Nick Quintong, CEO & Co-Founder of PayGoEnergy, a technology company in Nairobi that is building hardware and software solutions to help grow markets for LPG. This episode extensively gives background to the founding of the company, fundraising, scalability as well as challenges and lessons learnt along the way. Enjoy!
May 11, 2021
Power To Our Women: Dr. Catriona Wallace, Founder & CEO, Ethical Advisory
Whenever you get the opportunity, always take a sister with you", this is a phrase that has since been associated with Dr. Catriona Wallace, Founder & CEO of Ethical AI Advisory as well as the Director & Founder Flamingo AI, who is passionate about women empowerment. In this episode she extensively talks about Artificial Intelligence, the importance of Market research in product development & leadership among other topics. Be inspired!
April 28, 2021
Power To Our Women: Patrica Njenga, Co-founder at Afya Baltimore Inc
"Connecting Diaspora and Africa" How can the diaspora better connect with Africa and offer support? Listen in on this engaging episode, with Patricia Njenga, Co founder Afya Baltimore Inc. She also shares nuggets of wisdom on investing & mentorship. Enjoy!
April 13, 2021
Founder series: Mutembei Kariuki, CEO & Co-Founder of Fastagger.
"Entreprenuership is like a bug that once you catch, you can't get rid of & have to live with," - Mutembei Kariuki, CEO & Co-Founder of Fastagger. In this engaging episode, he shares his entrepreneurship background and his transition to tech whose foundation was laid by his father. He also heartily shares his challenges and success stories. Fastagger is an AI & Machine learning service platform that provides data management and algorithms to AI-driven companies. Enjoy the podcast!
March 30, 2021
Power To Our Women: Nora Denzel, Director at AMD
"You're a leader before you get the title." This is a power statement that has since been associated with Nora Denzel, Director at AMD, Ericsson, Norton LIfeLock, and SUSE Linux who we had the privilege of hosting on our live cast. Nora shares empowering insights on leadership & mentorship that will definitely inspire you to greatness! Enjoy the podcast
March 22, 2021
Power To Our Women: Yvonne Okwara, Senior News Anchor
with @spiriphyllis, @Joyndinda and @YvonneOkwara Hi Chini Ya Maji Family, we are excited to introduce different kind of content to our podcast, the Power To Our Women Live cast conversations. We hosted Yvonne Okwara Matole, a renowned journalist and media personality in Kenya. In this episode, Yvonne shares her personal growth journey as well as priceless insights on leadership and mentorship. Enjoy the podcast! Find more details here:
March 1, 2021
Founder Series: Mutethia Mbaabu CEO & Co-Founder @ MarketForce 360
Hi Chini ya Maji Family! On this episode, we hosted Mutethia Mbaabu, Co- Founder CEO and of MarketForce 360, a company that helps consumer brands digitize field sales and increasing their channels of distribution. Call it the salesforce for Africa. In this episode, Mbaabu who began entrepreneurship at an early age highlights his background, customer relations as well as his startup journey and lessons learnt therein. Enjoy the podcast!
December 4, 2020
Founder Series: Andrew Mutua CEO & Founder @ Pesakit
Hi Chini Ya Maji Family! We had the privilege of hosting Andrew Mutua CEO & Founder of Pesakit and a Nairobian to the bone! PesaKit is revolutionizing last-mile access to financial services and digital commerce through mobile money agents, for everyone, everywhere. In this episode, Andrew takes us through his background and of special interest is how he made the major decision to shift from sports to computing. A decision in which his mum played a big role in. In the building of his company, he perfectly articulates his experience from market research, customer relations and fundraising. Enjoy the podcast!
November 27, 2020
Founder Series: Henrik Barck, CEO & Founder @ Afripods
Hi Chini Ya Maji Family! We had the privilege of hosting Henrik Barck Founder and CEO of Afripods, a platform for podcasts. With an 18 year background in the digital sector, Henrik's story is that of success and failure in equal measure. He was however able to overcome two major setbacks, to be who he is today. In this episode, he takes us through his journey in the media space, humorously articulating his experience, from 1993 to present. He also highlights some of the companies he has founded as well as major lessons from his setbacks. Enjoy the Podcast!
November 16, 2020
Founder Series: Paul Kimani, CEO and Founder @ WorkPay
Hi Chini Ya Maji Family! We had the privilege of hosting Paul Kimani Co-Founder and CEO of Work Pay. His story is one that you will not only learn from but also be greatly motivated. He is a perfect example of beating all odds to achieve your goals. Paul was able to use all his skills to create his brand and grow as an entrepreneur. Having started his entrepreneur journey at an early age, and growing all the way to ownership of a company, he articulates his experience from market research, customer relations to fundraising perfectly. Enjoy the Podcast!
August 27, 2020
Founder Series: Towett Ng'etich, CEO and Founder @ Uthabiti Healthcare
Hi Chini ya Maji family!  As the global pandemic rolls into another week, we are here to make sure you stay informed and inspired by our guests and their stories.This week we hosted Towett Ng'etich, Founder and C.E.O at Uthabiti Healthcare, a pharmaceutical company founded on the need to increase access to safe medicines across communities. He is a young entrepreneur who at an early age  saw a problem in the pharmaceutical space and opted to find a solution for it!  He tells us his story and experience working in the startup world and the importance of building your brand to help in fundraising! Be motivated and enlightened. Enjoy the podcast!
May 19, 2020
Professional Series: Dr. Lawrence Nderu, Professor @JKUAT
Hi Chini Ya Maji Family! Another week another special episode. From the field of academia, our guest this week is Dr. Lawrence Nderu, a professor in the computer Science department in JKUAT, with a PhD in AI from the University of Paris. His deep rooted passion for technology is evident not only through his academic achievements, but also in his day to day routine and understanding of matters computing.  His story is one of childhood love for academia cultivated throughout the growth process turned career and passion. He believes in the constant learning process. His point of view on all matters of AI and innovation is just mind blowing! Dr Lawrence is also part of the Impact Africa Network Community as an instructor at JENGA School, a 12 month intensive program where you can get the chance to jump start your Data Science and AI career. Our mission is to unleash Africa’s genius. Every aspect of this weeks podcast is a learning experience!  Enjoy the Podcast!
April 17, 2020
Founder Series: Ali Hussein Co-Founder and CEO @ Kipochi
Hello Chini ya Maji Family! Amidst these trying times, we are back again this week to bring you hope for a greater tomorrow with amazing stories of the Nairobi ecosystem.  This week we had the privilege of hosting Ali Hussein CEO of Kipochi. He started his tech journey at Toyota motors as a market analyst, where he learnt the power of technology.Coming from a business-oriented family, his entrepreneurial journey was deep rooted in him from an early age. You definitely don't want to miss out on this! Enjoy the podcast!
April 7, 2020
Founder Series: Jason Carmichael Co-Founder and CEO @ Tibu
Hey Chini ya Maji family, this week on the podcast we had the privilege of hosting Jason Carmichael Co-Founder and CEO of Tibu, a platform for decentralization of primary patient healthcare by connecting  patients to high quality, affordable healthcare whenever they need it, you can say its Uber for healthcare! Jason has a Masters degree in Public Health from the University of British Columbia and experience working for the World Health Organization Emergency response where his passion for making a difference in the health sector grew exponentially, leading him in this path. Tibu’s self assessment tool  that allows people to assess if they should seek medical attention, is a huge asset during this Covid-19 pandemic and has helped control unnecessary movement and panic among people who may think they are infected with the virus!  Jason’s story is one you definitely don’t want to miss out on! Enjoy the Podcast!
March 28, 2020
Founder Series: Don Okoth Co-Founder @ Sendy
This week we had the privilege of hosting Don Okoth, CO founder and country manager freight at Sendy. His story is one of hardwork and determination which started at an early age. Don, is a perfect example of entrepreneurs who understand the process of creating a business from the ground up, and adapting to the market. With the current state of the world, Sendy are working hand in hand with local supermarkets to deliver good to people's homes so as to avoid spread of the Coronavirus.  We value all our listeners and the entire Chini ya Maji Family. We encourage everyone to adhere to the regulations put in place to avoid further spread of the virus. We will continue to bring you more encouraging episodes. We are in this together. Stay safe and enjoy the podcast!
March 20, 2020
Professional Series: Chris Orwa, Data Scientist @ I&M Bank
This week, we had the privilege of hosting Chris Orwa, a Data Scientist at I&M bank whose passion for technology is seen not only by his work but also in his conversation.  Chris's story is that of a childhood passion in Tech that grew to become his career.  Having been part of a founding team while still in school, he has experience in both the entrepreneurial and corporate world.   Enjoy the Podcast!
February 25, 2020
Oldie But Goodie- Founder series Louis Majanja Head of Product at Ajua. Formerly mSurvey
Happy New Week Chini ya Maji family, another great week, another great throwback episode! This week on our Oldie but Goodie Series we bring you the inspiring story of Louis Majanja, head of product at Ajua.  Enjoy the Podcast!
February 10, 2020
Oldie But Goodie- Founder series Dr Thomas Kirengo Co-Founder Imara Mediplus Hospital
Hello Chini Ya Maji Family. Today on our Oldie But Goodie Series, we bring you the inspiring story of Dr Thomas Kirengo, a medical doctor turned entrepreneur who saw a gap in the medical field in Meru-Kenya and came up with a solution to fill that gap by co Founding Imara Mediplus Hospital.  Enjoy the Podcast!!
February 4, 2020
Oldie but Goodie - Founder Series: Lesley Mbogo Co Founder Gobeba.
This week, we treat you to an Oldie but Goodie episode, where we  hosted Lesley Mbogo , Co-founder of Gobeba, an ecommerce and logistics startup in Nairobi. 
January 27, 2020
Oldie but Goodie - Founder Series: Caine Wanjau, CTO @ Twiga Foods
Happy New Decade Chini Ya Maji family!  Since you enjoyed our last throwback, we want to share with you another Oldie but Goodie featuring one of Nairobi's finest ,Caine Wanjau, CTO @ Twiga Foods. Caine discusses the evolution and trajectory of Silicon Savanna, shares insights on the right approach to tech entrepreneurship as well as best practices for developing a sustainable, investable company.
January 17, 2020
Oldie but Goodie - Founder Series: Eric Thimba, Cofounder and CEO @ Mookh
Happy Holidays Chini ya Maji Family! This holiday season we are digging into the archives to share some of our favourite oldie but goodie episodes as a holiday treat to you.This weeks oldie but goodie is an origin story of Mook, a kenyan social-ecommerce platform. Co-founder and CEO Eric Thimba shares the start up’s remarkable journey. Enjoy!
December 18, 2019
Venture Series: Rio Yamawaki Fund Manager @ Kepple Fund
This week we continue spotlighting  VC's and investors creating effective impact in  Nairobi's startup ecosystem.  Our guest is Royosuke Yamawaki, Fund Manager at Kepple Fund who over the last 15 months has invested in over 24 Nairobi based startups!   Kepple Fund, a Japaneses venture capital entered the Nairobi market on August of 2018 and proceeded to make their first investment in December of the same year.  This is precisely what the Nairobi ecosystem has needed. A seed stage investor who moves fast and supports entrepreneurs effectively. Kepple fund is the match that is going to light up the Nairobi startup fuse and the fireworks will be glorious!   What an exciting time to be in Africa. Enjoy the podcast!
December 4, 2019
Venture Series: Jason Musyoka, Angel Investment Manager at ViKtoria Ventures
This week we had the pleasure of hosting Jason Musyoka, Angel Investment Manager at ViKtoria Ventures. Creating successful and lasting connections between startups and angel investors. Jason runs the Viktoria Business Angel Network connecting angel investors with innovative startups that are charting new paths and tapping into large market opportunities. Prior to joining Viktoria Ventures, he  worked at Farm Capital Africa as the Head of Finance and Administration operations. Project Manager for Arriscar Ventures responsible for client engagements and company projects, and at Apex Communications as the Finance and Administration Associate charged with streamlining their financing operations. If you are the founder of a start-up seeking an opportunity to acquire capital, he is definitely the man to meet. Enjoy the podcast.
November 28, 2019
Professional Series: William Githui, Director of Finance @ Moringa School
We have another amazing guest for you this week, William Githui is the Director of Finance at Moringa School  where he's been at the center of helping the company close a significant round of funding.  Previously, William was on the investor side as investment manager at AlphaMundi Group, which is a local venture fund that invest in growth stage companies in Kenya and beyond. So as an investor and now an operator, William is a young professional who has been on both sides of the entrepreneur equation, and despite that he's still one of the nicest, most humble, reliable, high integrity people you will ever meet  and others like him represents the hope we can all have in the future of Silicon Savannah. Listen and learn from the man. Enjoy the podcast.
November 19, 2019
Lunch & Learn: Esther Kithinji, Senior People Operations @ Moringa School
This week Esther Kithinji, senior people operations at Moringa school shares her experiences working at a  startup. Esther talks about the lesson learnt  working in a highly dynamic, fast paced environment and how to cope with the ever changing and demanding startup environment. This is a great benchmark for anyone currently working at a startup who wants to validate that their personal experiences are pretty standard for startups and also a way for those who maybe interested in understanding what it's like to work at a startup.  
November 19, 2019
Professional Series: Esther Ndeti, Executive Director @ East Africa Venture Capital Association
This week we host Esther Ndeti, Executive Director at East Africa Venture Capital Association (EAVCA), EAVCA is  East Africa's largest network of private capital investors, representing 85+ firms.  Esther has immersed herself  in closing the capital flow  gaps in East Africa by bringing together various private capital investors and advisors,  looking at the region for growth,  to create a favorable environment for  investments.
November 13, 2019
Founder Series: Jason Esien, CEO & Founder @
This week we host the amazing Jason Esien, founder of MARAMOJA Transport & Utu Technologies. Jason has a fascinating story, his a founder with an non technical background but his driven by curiosity and a can do attitude.He is one of the first people to introduced a taxi hailing app in Nairobi in 2013 through  MARAMOJA Transport and through the process of building that solution he uncovered another problem and established  Utu Technologies  to solve this. Jason firmly believes in building a trust economy with great social relationships and he has built high impact companies based on this. Enjoy the Podcast!
November 5, 2019
Lunch & Learn: Chris Muraguri founder @ Micrive Infinite
This week we had the pleasure of hosting Chris Muraguri, founder of Micrive Infinite for our Inaugural Lunch & Learn. The aim is for local founders to meet, engage and share  insights, experiences with IAN's innovation interns hungry for startup building knowledge in the Nairobi ecosystem.  Micrive Infinite is a Nairobi based startup, that is spearheading the medical 3D printing technology sector in Kenya. They work closely with surgeons, incorporating 3D printing in the treatment-planning phase to improve success rates, reduce complications and pursue cost effectiveness. With over 4 billion people globally risk financial catastrophe due to high costs of surgery, they aim to strategically implement additive manufacturing technology to enhance the planning and execution of surgery.
October 30, 2019
Meet the IAN team, Part 2 - Here's what they have been up to!
This week we catch up with the first cohort of Impact Africa Network (IAN) interns  who came on board  in January to learn about their experiences so far. Plus the new batch (Cohort 2) of talented young entrepreneurs share what they have been working on. IAN is an ecosystem catalytic non profit startup studio in Nairobi on a mission to ensure young talented Africans have a chance  at participating in the digital transformation of Africa as creators and owners. Providing 12 month internships to talented college to develop relevant professional skills, gain innovation experience, and the chance at being part of a startup founding team.
October 16, 2019
Founder Series: Eric Muli, CEO and cofounder @ LipaLater
This week we have the pleasure of bringing to you a real live example of a homegrown thoroughbred entrepreneur if I ever met one. Eric Muli is founder of LipaLater, a fast growing fintech startup that has all the indications of becoming a dominant and transformative company birthed right out of our local soil here in Silicon Savanna. This is one of those stories that will inspire those you who are right now in the trenches building something, give a good kick in the pants to those sitting on the sidelines just talking about doing something, and challenge those who doubt that we have all the ingredients needed to launch and build high growth startups right here in our backyard including entrepreneurial talent, local capital, and a ready market that scales beyond Kenya for the right solutions. 
September 13, 2019
Professional Series: Eunice Kavere, Founding Partner @ Lumallas, Achieng, & Kavere Advocates
This week we have a very special gift for you as we are host our very own legal counsel on the show. Eunice Kavere is founding partner at Lumallas, Achieng and Kavere advocates, who also happen to be our law firm of choice. I thought it would be a good idea to have Kavere share some legal does and don’ts that can help entrepreneurs navigate what can often be the intimidating subject area of legal. LAK advocates have been super helpful to us and I would recommend them to anyone seeking good, solid, approachable legal counsel. As usual the conversation is peppered with many interesting anecdotes from her experiences working at some well known institutions. Quite a few eye popping insights on this one. Enjoy the podcast
September 2, 2019
Professional Series: Esther Waititu, Head of Strategy Development Corporate & Investment Banking @ Stanbic Bank
This week we have the honor and pleasure of presenting to you a world class professional from the banking sector on the podcast. Kenya's very own Esther Waititu, head of strategy development in corporate and investment banking at Stanbic Bank graced us with her presence. The idea was to get some insights into how the banking sector evaluates business investments and the challenges they are faced with doing so.  As you the regular listener may have picked up on these conversations tend to have a life of their own. While we touched on these themes at a high level the dialogue stubbornly veered towards the future of banking in a world of innovation and we could not get a better source to hear from on how the banking sector has evolved in the last 20 years and how it is currently responding to changing customer expectations and competitive threats from all quarters. As you will hear on this one, we are truly living in unpredictable times where everything is up for grabs and the only constant is change. Hold on to your hats folks, this one is a roller coaster. Enjoy the podcast. 
August 19, 2019
Founder Series: Alan Osoro, Founder @ First Choice Global (SawaPay app)
This week we have the never say die Alan Osoro founder of First Choice Global that owns and operates the first locally developed cash remittance app in Kenya. Alan is one of the most tenacious individuals I have ever met. His story perfectly encapsulates why entrepreneurs who have a personal connection to the problem they are solving and are genuinely passionate about it are able to overcome the darkest periods and get to the other side. Alan is a true warrior and a total class act. He is one of those individuals you can't help but root for. I am convinced he will build an amazing company that will be a core part of our fintech ecosystem in the years to come. Watch this space and enjoy this amazing episode! 
August 7, 2019
Founder Series: with Sameer Maskey, Founder @ Fusemachines
This week we have a groundbreaking episode. For the very first time we have an international guest and this one is filled with valuable insights on one of the hottest domains in technology today. Sameer Maskey is the founder of Fusemachines, all full cycle AI startup in New York. Fusemachines provides AI as a services to fortune 500 companies in US while at the same time developing talent globally through their Ai micro-degree program. Their mission is to democratize AI by making it accessible to all. He is in Nairobi as part of a pre- launch for their local Ai education program to be provided in partnership with their local partner, Jenga school
July 29, 2019
Founder Series: with Ngigi Waithaka, founder @ Alliance Technologies and Kionjo
This week we host a true veteran of the Silicon Savanna tech scene. Ngigi Waithaka joins us on the podcast to share amazing stories of his journey as a bona fide geek who loves technology. His story charts an amazing course from his days doing the Twiga Foods thing but with just one truck moving produce from farmers to Nairobi, building a one of a kind boutique software development business on Linux, creating the first cybercafe management application, building robust applications for large organizations including the department of defence and his current project where he is looking to make data work better for Africa utilizing Ai and Machine Learning. If there was ever an OG in Silicon Savanna Ngigi Waithaka is that and then some. This is a long podcast friends. There was just too much to cover and we barely scratched the surface. Guys like Ngigi are why I believe Silicon Savanna has a surprise or three for those who may discount Africa's potential to do great things. Enjoy the podcast!
July 22, 2019
Founder Series: with Louis Majanja, co-founder & Chief Product Officer @ mSurvey
This week we had the well travelled, super experienced, no nonsense Luis Majanja, co-founder and Chief Product Officer at mSurvey. As you will hear on this episode Luis is a well travelled tech practitioner with wide ranging experience from machining to building his own social media platform well before facebook. This gentleman is a treasure for the ecosystem and at Impact Africa Network we are super glad to call him a friend and an ally. With Luis driving product strategy it is no wonder mSurvey are on their way to doing big things on the continent. Enjoy!
July 15, 2019
Founder Series: Part 2 with Kenneth Kinyanjui, former cofounder @ WeCashUp
This week we pick up where we left off with Kenneth Kinyanjui. This time we dig into a number of super relevant topics specifically around what makes startups fail and things entrepreneurs should be aware of. 
July 2, 2019
Founder Series: Kenneth Kinyanjui aka young Kenju, former cofounder @ WeCashUp and ecosystem good guy
This week we have the pleasure of hosting the evergreen and reliable Kenneth Kinyanjui aka young Kenju on the podcast. Kenneth is a long serving member of the Nairobi ecosystem. He is a talented technologist with broad experience in tech entrepreneurship process. He has been part of the Google community across the continent including GDG, Google Launchpad and Google IO. Kenju was cofounded and helped develop WeCashUp, a fintech startup. This is a great story of how the evolution of tech as a global phenomenon has direct impact on the direction of a young African.  
July 2, 2019
Founder Series: Mark Karake, Founder @ Impact Africa Network, hosted by Andile Ngwenya
This week we flipped the script and the host becomes the guest. Mark Karake who is the founder and ceo of Impact Africa Network a first of its kind startup studio shares his story and entrepreneurial journey. This is a story about passion and commitment to pursuing your dreams.
June 10, 2019
Founder Series: Lesley Mbogo, Cofounder @ GoBeba
This week we speak with the intrepid Leslie Mbogo, cofounder @ GoBebab an ecommerce plus logistics startup looking to solve the last mile delivery challenge for African consumers. Lesly and her cofounder Peter have deep roots in tech and startups bringing a combined 25+ years of international and local experience in the sector. Lesley spent over 10 years in Silicon Valley with IBM labs in San Jose and she has 4 patents to her name from that experience, she then went onto Amazon Web Services where she was immersed a culture defined by a commitment to innovation and discipline which you will here about on the podcast. If there is any team that has what it takes to tackle the challenging ecomerce and logistics space, Lesley and Peter are it. They have the pedigree, tenacity, and commitment to make it happen. Enjoy the podcast. 
June 3, 2019
Founder Series: Navalayo Osembo, Co-founder Enda, Inc.
This week we have the pleasure of speaking with the indefatigable Navalayo Osembo cofounder at Enda, a first of it's kind athletic shoe company which is leading the Kenyan takeover of the running shoe industry. This is a classic story of two high performing individuals serendipitously coming together around a shared interest and committing to a process of turning a daunting vision into reality by committing to a process. What Navalayo, Weldon and their team have achieved with meagre resources is to be admired and supported. I am a huge fan of what they are doing. If you haven't yet already go to and pick a pair of those wonderfully designed, authentically Kenyan running shoes.  
May 27, 2019
Founder Series: Huston Malande, CEO & Co-founder @ Skyline Design
This week we speak with the peerless Huston Malande cofounder at Skyline Design, which is one of the more highly regarded software consulting firms in Nairobi. The conversation is a deep dive into Huston and his cofounders origin stories and how they found each other and came to work together. We also cover the subject of culture and how that intersects with and impacts the potential of the ecosystem. All in all Huston and his cofounders are emblematic of the type of high performing entrepreneurs emerging out of the Silicon Savanna. 
May 13, 2019
Founder Series: Ella Peinovich, Co-founder and former CEO @ Soko
This week we had the amazing Ella Peinovich, cofounder of Soko, the ethical fashion brand that opened global markets to local artisan jewellers in Nairobi. We cover a great deal of ground on this episode starting with Ella's personal journey first as an architect with roots in art, to her being bitten by the entrepreneurial bug at MIT, through that finding her way to Kenya to build toilets for a social enterprise and finally culminating with inspired stories of the individuals whose lives were transformed through the Soko opportunity - a true purpose and people narrative.
May 6, 2019
Founder Series: Mary Mwangi, Founder and CEO Data Integrated Limited
This week we had a fun time with the gritty, affable, never say die Mary Mwangi who is founder and CEO of Data Integrated, a startup straddling the small business and transportation digitization spaces. This is a great founder journey narrative peppered with useful insights and laughs. You will enjoy this one for sure. 
April 23, 2019
Corporate to startup transition with Claire Munene, Chief Revenue Officer @mSurvey
This week we had the phenomenal Claire Munene who is the Chief Revenue Officer at mSurvey sharing her corporate to startup journey. Claire spent 14 years at Safaricom after which she felt the urge to seek out a new path and ended up joining the mSurvey founders,  Kenfied Griffith and Louis Majanja to build the company. This is great story packed with insights and tips for those on the corporate side considering a move to startups and also for founders looking to attract talent from the corporate side. It is also a great signal that startups are increasingly a viable career option in Silicon Savanna.
April 16, 2019
Founder Series: Peris Bosire, CEO and cofounder FarmDrive
This week we had the honor of hosting our first female founder and it was definitely worth the wait. Peris Bosire, CEO and cofounder at FarmDrive stopped by the Chini ya Maji studios and dropped some gems for the eco. FarmDrive is a fintech startup focussed on bringing financial services to farmers in Africa. Peris talks about her path to entrepreneurship, meeting her cofounder, and their journey so far. This will down as a landmark moment for both the podcast and the eco. Twende Kazi!
April 9, 2019
Founder Series: Dr. Thomas Kirengo, Cofounder Imara Medi Plus Hospital
This week we get some wonderful insights from a founder in an uncommon domain.  3+ years ago Thomas convinced his 4 Dr. friends to start a hospital in Embu. He breaks down their journey including all the assumptions, naiveté, and challenges they overcame to build what is now a thriving healthcare business. This will be a helpful one to many listeners. 
April 1, 2019
Design Thinking & Culture with Kennedy Kirui, CEO Tanasuk Africa
This week we had the pleasure of hosting another seasoned Silicon Savanna veteran. Kennedy Kirui, cofounder & CEO at Tanasuk Africa came through. The discussion is centered around design thinking, culture, and the mindset traps. Find our blogs here:
March 25, 2019
Caine Wanjau, CTO Twiga Foods - Part II
This week we speak to Caine Wanjau, CTO @ Twiga Foods. Caine discusses the evolution and trajectory of Silicon Savanna, shares insights on the right approach to tech entrepreneurship as well as best practices for developing a sustainable, investable company.  We would appreciate your feedback on how we can improve the podcast. Kindly take two minutes to complete this survey:
March 18, 2019
Caine Wanjau, CTO Twiga Foods - Part I
This week we speak to Caine Wanjau, CTO @ Twiga Foods. Caine discusses the evolution and trajectory of Silicon Savanna, shares insights on the right approach to tech entrepreneurship as well as best practices for developing a sustainable, investable company.  We would appreciate your feedback on how we can improve the podcast. Kindly take two minutes to complete this survey:
March 18, 2019
Founder Series: Eric Thimba, Cofounder Mookh - Part II
Part 2 of Founder Series with Eric Thimba, CEO and Co-founder at Mookh
March 11, 2019
Founder Series: Eric Thimba, Cofounder Mookh - Part I
In today's episode we talk to Eric Thimba, the Co-founder and CEO of Mookh ( ) to learn more about their startup journey. Watch out for Part 2.
March 6, 2019
The Talent Question
  On this episode we are joined by Wangari Mungai (, as we highlight the challenges startups face when it comes to sourcing, developing, and retaining talent and ways to overcome these challenges Our links: Twitter: Facebook: LinkedIn: Website:
February 18, 2019
Fundraising for Startups
  On this episode we are joined by Yacob Berhane, who helps to facilitate strategic allocation of capital and resources for startup companies, as we highlight a few issues that startup founders go through in the finance world and the differences and similarities between founders in Africa and those from the US.  Our links: Twitter: Facebook: LinkedIn: Website: Yacob:
February 11, 2019
Meet the IAN team
This week we introduce the IAN intern squad to the world. We are super excited about this group of emerging impact players
February 1, 2019
Founder Series: Mike Kipkorir, CEO Elewa
In our inaugural Chini ya Maji Founder series , we talk to Mike Kipkorir, the Co-founder and CEO of Elewa to learn more about their startup journey.
January 24, 2019
Founder Series: Mwaniki Gichuru, Founder EasyChurch
We highlight the journey of building a Start-up in Silicon Savanna based on Mwaniki's experience building Easy Church. The podcast is structured around the IAN systematic entrepreneurship model.
January 24, 2019
Silicon Savanna Accelerator Perception Report
Our inaugural 2019 podcast delves into the 2018 report by IAN on local perception of accelerators. The report is based on a survey of 87 local entrepreneurs in Nairobi.
January 17, 2019
The Power of Networks
Mumbi and Mark discuss the power of networks in the growth of startups and how IAN is fostering the culture of collaboration in Silicon Savannah.
December 4, 2018
Culture Rules II: Mindset Challenge
We delve into how a mindset holds back entrepreneurs in Silicon Savanna
November 22, 2018
Culture Rules Everything Around Me
We talk about how culture drives performance even at the ecosystem level and why it is the issue holding back Silicon Savanna
November 6, 2018
Systematic Entrepreneurship
We discuss how 'business as usual' approaches to entrepreneurship and startups no longer apply in a technology driven world.
October 29, 2018
The Intro
This Podcast is an intro to Mark Karake, Mumbi Githuku and the Impact Africa Network (IAN) Catch us on Twitter @ianetworktweets and our website
October 26, 2018
Ecosystems - Silicon Savana
Mark and Mumbi discuss dynamics in Silicon Savanna, Nairobi's startup ecosystem, specifically the social stratification that is putting a scrimp on the entrepreneur and startup development pipeline Catch us on Twitter @ianetworktweets and
October 26, 2018