Chini ya Maji Podcast

Culture Rules II: Mindset Challenge

An episode of Chini ya Maji Podcast

By Impact Africa Network
A podcast covering the Nairobi startup ecosystem; the players, dynamics, lessons, success stories etc
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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
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