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The African Tech Round-up Podcast delivers all the week's technology, digital and innovation highlights from across the African continent and beyond. The show is produced and presented by iAfrikan Executive Editor & Tech Entrepreneur, Tefo Mohapi ( and Broadcaster & Creative Strategist, Andile Masuku (, with technical production by Producer and Musician, Brian Lupiya.

The African Tech Round-up Podcast delivers all the week's technology, digital and innovation highlights from across the African continent and beyond. The show is produced and presented by iAfrikan Executive Editor & Tech Entrepreneur, Tefo Mohapi ( and Broadcaster & Creative Strategist, Andile Masuku (, with technical production by Producer and Musician, Brian Lupiya.
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The African Tech Round-up Podcast delivers all the week's technology, digital and innovation highlights from across the African continent and beyond. The show is produced and presented by iAfrikan Executive Editor & Tech Entrepreneur, Tefo Mohapi ( and Broadcaster & Creative Strategist, Andile Masuku (, with technical production by Producer and Musician, Brian Lupiya.




115: The 2017 Year-end Rundown + African VC Done Right feat. Rushil Vallabh

By this time last year, Africa tech and innovation media community had started to go into hibernation for the Festive Season. But this year’s different… Bitcoin is doing the thing, America’s Federal Communications Commission (FCC) is poised to put net neutrality out of its misery, Uber is bracing for severe regulatory backlash after trying to conceal a 2016 data breach affecting 57 million users, and complex corruption allegations continue to dog the JSE-listed IT service management giant,...

Duration: 01:26:24

Maya Horgan Famodu of Ingressive Capital on becoming a venture capitalist in 2017

2017 has seen Maya Horgan Famodu transition from overseeing efforts to assist corporations and investors integrate into the African tech ecosystem via Ingressive's market entry and operations services, to becoming an early stage tech venture capitalist at Ingressive Capital. In this conversation with Andile Masuku, Maya explains how she's leveraging her Nigerian-Swedish-American heritage, her bullet-proof professional reputation and the insights she's continuing to glean via Ingressive's...

Duration: 00:17:37

Co-Creation Hub Nigeria's Femi Longe factors in on the #NotOurManifesto farce

This Medium blog entitled, "Startups4Africa: This is NOT OUR MANIFESTO" by Co-Creation Hub Nigeria Co-founder Femi Longe has caused quite a stir on social media: In this chat with Andile Masuku, Femi explains why he couldn't keep his pen still after he returned to Nigeria following the recent EU-Africa Summit, where a "collaborative" document entitled "Startups 4 Africa: Manifesto for the development of a thriving community of African-European startup ecosystems" was...

Duration: 00:39:19

Khaled Ismail on how KI Angel and HIM Angel funds pursue inter-Africa startup growth

Khaled Ismail is the Chairman and Founder of two Cairo-based angel funds— KI Angel and HIM Angel. He also serves as advisor to Algebra Ventures, Egypt’s leading technology venture capital outfit, which focuses primarily on Series A and Series B investments in Egypt and the MENA region. In this conversation with Andile Masuku, Khaled relates how he went from being a career technologist to founding seven tech ventures since 1991 - including a 4G mobile tech tech firm which was acquired by...

Duration: 00:16:51

Ido Sum explains how TLcom Capital got in on Andela's $40M Series C

Israeli investor Ido Sum is a Partner at TLcom Capital— a venture capital firm with a presence in Nairobi, Lagos and London. Since 1999, the firm has invested in Telecom, Media and Technology (TMT) companies in Europe, Israel and Sub Saharan Africa and currently manages total commitments in excess of €200 million. In this conversation with Andile Masuku - taped at the fringes of African Angel Investor Summit 2017 ( - Ido fields questions regarding the prevalence of investor...

Duration: 00:38:34

Kenyan post election reflections with Managing Editor Eric Mugendi

In this conversation, Andile Masuku asks Managing Editor, Eric Mugendi, to reflect on the unprecedented leveraging of digital technologies by leading actors in Kenya's controversial elections, and to factor in on how the country's emerging tech ecosystem is doing in the aftermath.

Duration: 00:18:23

114: Should Africa-focused Investors Hunt Gorillas, Gazelles Or Unicorns?

Last week, Africa’s early stage investor community came together for the 4th annual African Early Stage Investor Summit (#AAIS2017). At this exclusive investor-only event, hosted at Workshop17 in Cape Town, South Africa, key stakeholders in the ecosystem exchanged insights on best practice, shared lessons learnt, and debated what the roadmap for the future ought to look like. In this African Tech Roundup episode, Andile Masuku and Musa Kalenga discuss some of the more contentious issues...

Duration: 00:39:35

Timothy Kotin on how SuperFluid Labs delivers business value via data analytics solutions

Timothy Kotin ​was born and bred in Ghana. ​​He is the co-founder and chief executive of SuperFluid Labs​--​ an ambitious African data analytics firm which supports enterprise clients spread across multiple sectors. Superfluid has offices in Kenya, Ghana and Germany. Kotin holds an MPhil. in E​ngineering for ​Sustainable ​D​evelopment from the University of Cambridge and a B.Sc. in ​Electrical ​E​ngineering and ​cComputer Science from Harvard University. Prior to co-founding Superfluids...

Duration: 00:38:26

113: Do African Startup Pitch Competitions Offer Anything More Than Pre-allocated Peanuts?

The Facebook-sponsored TechCrunch Startup Battlefield startup competition which took place in Nairobi recently brought together fifteen African startups for a glitzy pitch session that offered entrants the chance to win $25,000, as well as the opportunity to go on and compete for $50,000 at the Disrupt Cup, which will be held in Silicon Valley next year. After the Kenyan logistics startup, Lori Systems won the Nairobi event, murmurings of alleged tournament rigging started doing the rounds...

Duration: 01:01:19

Yannick Lefang of Kasi Insight reckons reliable market research is key to business success in Africa

Electrical engineer, Yannick Lefang, is the Founder and CEO of Kasi Insight-- a research and advisory firm that provides African consumer data and actionable insights. Since 2013, Yannick's firm has been intent on empowering business leaders and entrepreneurs with the game-changing insight they need to tap into the continent's fast-growing markets. In this conversation with Andile Masuku - taped at Afrobytes Tech Conference 2017 - Yannick explains why even some of the most-quoted...

Duration: 00:27:13

Divercity's Sean Godoy believes PropTech could help ease Africa's post-colonial property situation

Sean Godoy is the Founder and Executive Director of Divercity Property Solutions. He has cross-sector experience in the property sector across all sectors in both South Africa and the UK. In this conversation with Andile Masuku, Sean explains why he's excited about the global rise of real estate tech aka proptech. He believes that this trend could facilitate the democratisation of land and property ownership in Africa and help iron out the continent's complicated post-colonial land and...

Duration: 00:22:15

Adebayo Alonge explains how RxAll's AI-driven spectrometer authenticates medicines

Adebayo “Ade” Alonge is the Nigerian co-founder of RxAll, a platform which provides patients in the developing world with authenticated and verified medicines. Prior to this, Ade was a strategy consultant with the Boston Consulting Group, and before that, he spent eight years working a Sanofi, Roche, and BASF. In this absorbing, not-so-quick chat with Andile Masuku, Ade unpacks the state of play within Nigeria's pharmaceutical mass market, and explains how RxAll is enabling direct access...

Duration: 00:53:01

112: The Great Bitcoin Surge And Cryptocurency Mining feat. Simon Dingle

South Korea has reportedly become the latest notable nation to follow the likes of Nigeria and China by outlawing the use of cryptocurrency. Given these developments, policymakers all across the continent are no doubt mulling over the merits of banning Initial Coin Offerings (ICOs). They are probably concerned that by shunning cryptocurrencies, they might end up being on the outside looking in on a lucrative financial trend that may well prove impossible to rein in regardless. In this...

Duration: 00:52:08

Bertil van Vugt on how VC4Africa's new startup academy is boosting aspiring founders

Bertil van Vugt is Business Development Lead at the Amsterdam-based organisation, VC4Africa. In this quiet chat with Andile Masuku, taped at Afrobytes Tech Conference 2017, Bertil gives us a sense of the mind space tech industry business opportunities occupy in the average European. Given his vantage point, he's also well-placed to factor in on how Africa's tech ecosystem is coming along in terms of growth. Finally, Bertil also unpacks the noble rationale behind the recent launch of...

Duration: 00:24:26

111: African Billionaire Watch & Other Political Conversations feat. Sinclair Skinner

A few weeks ago, Africa's richest man, Nigeria's Aliko Dangote, baffled many pro-African investment proponents by telling Bloomberg that if things go the way he plans, come 2020, a significant chunk of his wealth will be deployed abroad. In this African Tech Round-up episode Andile Masuku and Musa Kalenga are joined by Bitmari co-founder and self-proclaimed "pre-racial thought leader", Sinclair Skinner, for an unfettered family-style straight-talk session which literally went all over the...

Duration: 01:29:41

Adedana Ashebir on Village Capital's investor bias report + do expats & repats care about Africa?

Adedana Ashebir has recently been tasked with heading up Village Capital's business on the continent. In this conversation, Adedana walks Andile Masuku through some of the thinking behind and the findings published in Village Capital's implicatory Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation funded report called Breaking the Pattern: Getting Digital Financial Services Entrepreneurs to Scale in India and East Africa. Among other things, this fintech-focused research highlights the fact that more than 90...

Duration: 00:44:07

A Chat With George Asamani Of DooWapp

George Asamani is an exceedingly well-traveled 39-year-old Ghanaian who currently calls Addis Ababa home. He is the co-founder of a music and messaging app called DooWapp-- an alumnus of Telefónica's Wayra startup accelerator in the UK. In this conversation, taped at the Enterprise Africa Summit 2017 hosted by the British Council in Accra some months ago, George gave Andile a sense of the positive innovation vibes that he's absorbed while living and working in various African markets over...

Duration: 00:23:18

110: Kenya's Twiga Foods Closes $10.3M Series A Investment Round Led By Wamda Capital

The last few weeks have seen three promising African tech startups land significant investments-- namely, the Nigerian digital payments firm, Flutterwave ($10 million), the Kenyan mobile-driven food supply platform, Twiga Foods ($10.3 million), and the South African fractional investments service, EasyEquities ($7.5 million). In this installment of the African Tech Round-up, we discuss the merits of the Flutterwave and Twiga deals, but somehow, we forgot to chat about the EasyEquities...

Duration: 01:01:14

A Chat With Charlene Chen Of BitPesa at Afrobytes Tech Conference 2017

Charlene Chen is the Chief Operating Officer of BitPesa-- an online payment platform founded in Kenya that leverages Blockchain settlement to lower the cost and increase the speed of business payments to, from and within sub-Saharan Africa. In this chat with Andile Masuku, Charlene explains how BitPesa helps clients, that range from African businesses and multinational companies paying suppliers as far as China and Dubai to international remittance companies, use their API services for...

Duration: 00:27:02

A Chat With Eunice Baguma Ball Of Africa Technology Business Network

Eunice Baguma Ball is the Ugandan Founder and Executive Director of the Africa Technology Business Network (ATBN). For over 10 years, Eunice has worked at the intersection of tech and social enterprise - leveraging her engineering background to build an impressive reputation as a tech and innovation specialist. In this chat with Andile Masuku, Eunice gives her take on the state of African women in tech, comments candidly on some of the cultural hurdles women continue to face in what is...

Duration: 00:39:22

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