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Rookie Management

Plane crashes are rare, so when they happen, they make the news. Authorities ensure that crashes are thoroughly investigated,  causes established and that something is done to prevent them in future. Car crashes, however, are treated differently. While they sometimes will make news, we do not investigate much, neither...

The last couple of months have seen rather discouraging times in our banking sector, with the collapse of Dubai Bank and Imperial Bank, and most recently Chase Bank which is in receivership under the management of KCB. However, it is heartening to see aggressive moves in the market, like the recent launch of Spire...

I have observed that many people who have very strong opinions on who the middle class is and their role in the country do not seem to know exactly who the middle class is. Winnie Odinga’s rant about the middle class brought many of those out of the wood works.  Every time there’s a political action, whether demo or...

Over the last two years, Kenya Airways (KQ) has experienced huge losses  that are said to have been  caused by growing competition, poor fuel hedging contracts, poor management, reduced travel due to Ebola in West Africa and terrorism threats in Kenya. In 2015, the government loaned KQ Shs 4.2 billion which barely...

A son of two career parents, Martin Njuguna wonders how he ended up an entrepreneur. In his own words, his parents did not even own a kiosk, they just taught. Inspiration is drawn from different places, and Martin’s clearly came outside of home. Today, he is the force behind Chamasoft, a web-based accounting software...

It is now becoming evident that the Chase Bank saga will end with an acquisition, which in my opinion is great for all stakeholders, especially the depositors whose money is still held by the bank. So far, we have 5 declared suitors; KCB (On Citizen TV last evening, their CEO hinted that there would be a deal by end...

Joel Gascoigne had been using Twitter for about 1.5 years when he realized that his Twitter feed would be more beneficial if he could schedule interesting content he came across online, instead of just sharing it randomly.  In 2010, he started developing an app that would do exactly that, and that is how Buffer was...

The other day, Amazon announced that it would be shipping to Kenya and Nigeria (though I thought it has been shipping to Kenya all along). Even as people celebrated this announcement, I couldn’t help but think of the opportunities there are to sell in the global market, yet we have remained mostly importers.  The web...

The startup phase of a business is often a tough and lonely time for an entrepreneur, especially when one is short of funds. Joining an incubator often fixes many of the difficulties at once: the incubator (may) offer funding or access to potential funders, office space, mentorship, the company of other entrepreneurs...

After I wrote this post, I had a lively discussion with @Roomthinker in the comments section. He made great points on the importance of formalizing your business before you go out to sell your product/solution to the market. His view was that this is critical if you want to be taken seriously by the corporates or out...