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People, Product, Process…

Credit: Strive Masiyiwa Profit! One of my favorite shows on Kwes√© TV is “The Profit.” In it a wealthy entrepreneur called Marcus Lemonis goes around helping entrepreneurs to fix their businesses and make them bigger and more profitable. He invests his own money. By now you all know that a …

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Understanding business models (Part 2)

Credit: Strive Masiyiwa When you see an opportunity, get STARTED! A case study. I knew it would be the next big thing. It was time to act, and be a “fast follower…” The product opportunity I saw: Mobile Money. I’d been watching the developments at Kenya’s M-PESA, talking to friends …

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Understanding business models (Part 1)

Credit: Strive Masiyiwa “When did you first see the opportunity?” When I first started Econet Wireless, I travelled to South Africa to meet the senior leadership of one of the leading mobile network companies. I was looking for investment into our business. I did the customary pitch and offered them …

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How to Find Investors for Your Startup

I’ve been working with entrepreneurs now for close to 25 years, and throughout that time one thing hasn’t changed: Only 5 percent of all entrepreneurs get funded. Can it be that only 5 percent of the ideas generated are good enough to succeed? Why is it that this “magic” number …

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