Pause: Using the Internet to drive your business growth

__The most valuable “real estate” in the world!

A few months ago, I was talking with a leading entrepreneur who has made billions in the media business. Our discussion centered on how an entrepreneur can use the Internet to make billions of dollars. We called it the most “valuable REAL ESTATE in the world… more valuable than land.”

Every entrepreneur needs to “see” the Internet as “valuable real estate,” in much the same way you would see a piece of land for building something like a hotel.

From now on, when you go onto the Internet for anything, I want you to “see” as an entrepreneur, and not just as a consumer of a service. Challenge yourself to ask the hard questions:

# “This website I’m visiting — how do these guys actually make money?”
# “How does this App make money?”
# “What is their business model?”
# “Why can’t I build something using the same concept?”

This week, I want to revisit a few lessons on using the Internet from our live case study, Kwesé TV. As you know by now, we have built four Internet-based platforms:

Kwese.com
KweseSports.com
Kwesé App
Kwesefied.com

If you were discussing with a billionaire potential investor, would you, as an entrepreneur, be able to answer the questions I’ve posed above, based on observations from these platforms?

Remember a key lesson I’ve shared before: Every business today must do everything possible to drive its growth using the Internet.

This means (I’ve said it before and will do so again)…

__Every business must have a website!

These days when someone wants to learn something about your business, your brand, your product, or your services, the first thing they do is study your website:

# Remember, people are able to look at your website from anywhere in the world. So make it world-class.

# A website must be clean, and clear about what you’re selling. In our case, we sell television programming, which includes movies, series, documentaries, news and sports.

# The website must show a customer where and how to get the products or services on offer.

At Kwesé, for instance, we have established one key website: Kwese.Com.This website is not only our key window to the world; it’s also, most importantly, the place where we want our customers to go first when they want to learn about our services, and how to get them.

Where do I go if I want to know about your own business? How do you draw my attention to it? Here’s a simple technique:

I WILL GIVE A KWESE TV DECODER AND DISH TO THE FIRST 25 PEOPLE WHO GIVE ME THE CORRECT ANSWER TO THE FOLLOWING QUESTION:

__Using the Kwese.com website for your research, tell me the name of a local dealer in Ghana, Rwanda or Zambia. (If there’s no service in your country by the end of June, then I will send you an iPad).

SEE! I have used this simple technique to draw your attention to my site. (This is a real contest… Please post your answers ONLY under this main post, not under one of the Afterthoughts).

Can you think of other ways you can also deploy?

Now let’s discuss the future, your future: What are your plans for a business on the Internet? I’m excited to hear some of the progress made by some of you, and look forward to reading more.

In China, they believe in being “fast followers.” That’s why they have their own versions of Facebook, Google, WhatsApp, and Twitter…

Africa is waiting for our own response!

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About Strive Masiyiwa

Strive Masiyiwa is the Founder and Executive Chairman of Econet, a diversified global telecommunications group with operations and investments in over 15 countries. His business interests also include renewable energy, financial services, media and hospitality. Masiyiwa serves on a number of international boards, including Unilever, Rockefeller Foundation, the Council on Foreign Relations’ Global Advisory Board, the Africa Progress Panel, the UN Secretary General's Advisory Board for Sustainable Energy, Morehouse College, Hilton Foundation's Humanitarian Prize Jury and the Kenjin-Tatsujin International Advisory Council. He is one of the founders, with Sir Richard Branson, of the global think tank, the Carbon War Room, and a founding member of the Global Business Coalition on Education. Masiyiwa took over the Chairmanship of the Alliance for a Green Revolution in Africa (AGRA) from Kofi Annan. He is also Chair of the Micronutrient Initiative, a global organization focused on ending child hunger and improving nutrition. In 2012, Masiyiwa was invited by President Obama to address leaders at the Camp David G-8 Summit on how to increase food production and end hunger in parts of Africa. In 2014, Masiyiwa was selected to Fortune Magazine’s list of the “World’s 50 Greatest Leaders”. As a philanthropist, he is a member of the Giving Pledge, and his contributions to education, health and development have been widely recognized. Masiyiwa and his wife finance the Higher Life Foundation, which provides scholarships to over 42,000 African orphans. In 2015, he was the recipient of the International Rescue Committee’s Freedom Award and was presented with a UN Foundation Global Leadership Award for the work of the Africa Against Ebola Solidarity Trust, which he chairs and helped establish to fund the deployment of African healthcare workers to combat the outbreak in West Africa.

54 thoughts on “Pause: Using the Internet to drive your business growth

  1. Strive Masiyiwa Post author

    Afterthought 1.
    I would like your suggestions on how the Kwese.com website could be improved. I will give $10,000 cash to the best suggestion. Please limit your answer to 200 characters. I will not read anything longer. Only answer under this Afterthought please. (And to be fair, this competition is not open to any staff or family members of our Econet Global family).

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    • Collence

      Add Kwese Gift Card. Payable by ecocash, paypal etc. Engage flourishing but much neglected African Diaspora. Maybe put small % of each gift card purchase to charity or education. Get Kwese. Give Kwese!

      Reply
    • Collence

      Highlight FREE-TRIAL so no guest leaves without seeing it (I did; several X) As they engage FREE-TRIAL, educate guest on pricing. You then also have their contacts for further engagement.

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    • Collence

      ARREST &FOCUS guest’s gaze 2 specific things by minimizing visual stimulants per screen. How: 1 row per screen +give brain “place 2 start” on each screen by weighing one thumbnail more than the others

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    • Kuda Masi

      Hi Sir.

      This is a suggestion on Kwese.com

      I went on the website and the first thing I said was “too commercial”. This response is brought about by the bombardment of advertisement received by every internet user.

      I like the focus on content and the diversity of it. I actually got fascinated by one!!, I am already looking for it on youtube. And therein lies the challenge.

      You may not be able to outdo your competition when it comes to content but I believe you will be able to outdo them (easily and cheaply) with ‘friendliness’. I will give an example using land to illustrate, in line with the internet being ‘real estate’ like you rightfully say.

      The MAJORITY of avid ‘flower admirers’ would NOT like to spend a day on a farm with nothing but flowers. It becomes overwhelming(this is not to say kwese.com is overwhelming but the line is fine, due to the shear number of times a regular internet user would see images/slides of a similar nature). Now, a flower farm can be reinvented by simply making it ‘friendly’, maybe by incorporating areas within the farm where BOTH admirers and non admirers can enjoy both the SCENERY and FELLOWSHIP of friends, with the OPTION of immersing themselves in it. It therefore becomes an all encompassing experience.

      That said, I think you should put more emphasis on the ‘EXPERIENCE’ of kwese tv, just as you beautifully did with the picture of the lady enjoying kwese whilst getting her hair done. You can also add interactive elements like a ‘search for program’ tab or a ‘program suggestion’ tab(possibly phrased as “what would you like to be watching?”). All these are for the purpose of making your customers feel more at home with kwese.

      This is shortened, so I have left out some explanations and other suggestions, which I am willing to expand on.

      Kuda Masi

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    • Matthew Madhumera

      Introduce a Text To Tour virtual tour of the website which can be delivered via sms and can play on any mobile smart phone.This will make it possible to instantly connected to Kwese tv programs and news. Instead of waiting to view the website, one will be able to open the virtual tour on their mobile device and view the programs and updates right then and there! It’s a quick and convenient way to attract attention to whats cooking on kwese even for those without internet signal. Virtual TV tours hold the viewer’s attention longer and are easily shareable via email, social media and text message, further expanding the reach of your listing.

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    • Benedict

      Hello sir, here are my suggestions: – make it clean and simple to read and understand in all foreign languages.
      -Change to just KWESE.
      -.website must be Kids friendly.
      – Website must have programs for kids and adults to learn skills e.g. educational content centered on how to read, write, solve math’s, University work, learn skills which can be useful in life.
      -Christian channels which teach on meaning and understanding of the bible.
      -Colors.
      -Website navigation for channels in a straight line.
      – Mobile navigation hard make easier and needs to be worked on.
      -website must be consistent 24hours/7days a week.

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    • Tipa (ivtipa@gmail.com)

      What do you find interesting? The main purpose of kwese.com will be to encourage customers to be co-creators. So the website should be designed as a promotional platform for services and products.

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    • WAYNE R MUSUSA

      Hie Mr Masiyiiwa
      mysuggestion on kewse.com are as follows
      1) I suggest it to have an option for saving movies, sports, news and e.t.c for offline watching and reading so as not to be worried when you miss a program.
      2) let it have a option or a mini web-group chat where we can post our views and comments on each and every program running.
      3) we need it to be an all language website where by every African can be able to use the site according to his\her own understanding of language.
      4) we need it to display words on screen during a film or show according to the viewer’s setup language so as to understand what’s taking place in that program because not every African can understand English, Chinese, Portuguese and many other languages.
      5) the last but not list. there is a tub for SPORTS, NEWS, ENTERTAINMENT. we also need a CHRISTAIN/GOSPEL Tub where everyone can find bible based programs, movies,shows, charity programs like H L Foundation where people would have access to see what other people like them, are doing for others through the power invested to them by our LORD JESUS CHRIST who died for US.
      By the few I thank you MR S. MASIYIWA for giving this opportunity to everyone including us Zimbabweans to be heard by YOU, for the FUITURE is BRIGHT that’s why we are always LOOKING UP for the GOOD.

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    • Maurice

      I hope I find you well Mr. Strive Masiyiwa .This is very simple just make it a productive service I mean to say let it add value to the people because at the end of the day the question remains what have you done with your life. As a high school student I feel that most of the youth nowadays spend most of their time spend doing nothing productive why because sometimes there is no one to guide them, let it have a positive impact on people’s lives. Another thing is that make it user friendly so that more people will be accommodated I think that way I will feel comfortable thank you

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  2. Strive Masiyiwa Post author

    Afterthought 2.
    I would like to feature the 10 most innovative internet businesses by African entrepreneurs, on the Kwesé Inc. TV channel. I’ll then ask members of this platform to vote for the best one. I will invest $100,000 in the winner! We’re just waiting for enough countries to have Kwesé TV, before starting the competition. I expect this competition to start in June.

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  3. Strive Masiyiwa Post author

    Afterthought 3.
    I’m pleased to announce that Kwesé Satellite TV (now available in Ghana, Rwanda and Zambia) will be extended to Botswana, Kenya, Lesotho, Swaziland, and Uganda during March! For those of you interested in buying a decoder, please follow the developments on Kwese.com. If you’re not in any of these countries, you can just download the Kwesé App, which has some of the channels.

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  4. Strive Masiyiwa Post author

    Afterthought 4.
    I know many of you have been writing on my FB page asking how you can be Kwesé TV dealers. I suggest you keep checking on ‪Kwese.com. We’ll soon add a feature which allows anyone to buy our decoders online. People who want to be dealers will also be able to register online, and order directly for resell from the end of March.

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  5. Strive Masiyiwa Post author

    Afterthought 5.
    The Internship competition is almost ready. The details will be put on Kwese.com, because I don’t really have room for it here on FB. I will, however, let you know when it starts.

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  6. Strive Masiyiwa Post author

    Oladipupo writes:

    It’s a great development Sir, but why are you not in Nigeria yet? I think you have a very cogent reason for that. However considering the large size of market available in Nigeria I think we should be a priority. Thank you Sir

    My reply,
    Nigeria will be by far our biggest market.
    In business you must plan your market entry very carefully:
    Nigeria is like 10x countries in one! So you cannot rush it.
    We have all the licenses and we are carefully putting everything in place. Already we have Kwese Free Sports Channel broadcasting in Lagos and Abuja, and you can watch Premier League for free on Saturdays, without even a decoder. You can also download the Kwese App.
    By May/June, you can buy the Kwese decoder as well. So please be patient, and soon you will have the best of the best.

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  7. Strive Masiyiwa Post author

    Davies Mubanga writes:

    I want to be a dealer in north western zambia their is no kwese dealers…

    My reply,
    Now that is a very practical request. As I pointed out elsewhere in this post, you need to keep an eye on Kwese.Com because they will be giving details at the end of March, on how you can be a dealer. I hope you get a dealership, because there is no reason why you cannot sell decoders in your area of Zambia.

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  8. Strive Masiyiwa Post author

    Nnamdi writes:

    In my country Tanzania there is no that service until now, hopefully we see it soon and I will enjoy much better than I using KweseApp to watch football game and news we are hoping that at end of this year will invest most of your service of Econet wireless and Kwese TV Decoder in my beautiful land Tanzania.

    My reply,
    I’m hoping that Tanzania will start selling decoders in April. You will be able to get a decoder online soon, even if we have no dealers in the country selling decoders.
    We already own TV 1, and Raha in Tanzania.
    I have always enjoyed investing in Tanzania over the years.

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  9. Strive Masiyiwa Post author

    Okoli writes:

    I will wait to be a dealer when your services step in Uganda under Emma com Africa Ltd.

    My reply:
    I like your attitude!
    In less than three weeks, you can go online (Kwese.Com), and register yourself as a dealer. You can then order decoders, and start selling in your market. Anywhere in Africa.
    I
    Kwese Tv, is going to turn some people on this platform into multi-millionaires; you know that, don’t you?

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    • Okocha Nkem

      Yes, I know this and I am already brain storming how the low-income women we empower in different urban slum communities can also become multi-millionaires also through Kwese Tv mini dealers, we eagerly await Kwese Tv’s launch.

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  10. Strive Masiyiwa Post author

    David writes:

    Had Kwese installed in my house today!

    Working well with a great package of entertainment.

    Congratulations!!

    David from Ghana.

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  11. Strive Masiyiwa Post author

    Afterthought 6:
    Here is an interesting tip, for those of you wishing to get Kwese Tv service:
    If you have an existing satellite dish from another service provider, it might be compatible with our decoder (if its 90cm); so check with an experienced installer first. It might save you as much as $25!

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  12. Strive Masiyiwa Post author

    Nnamdi writes:

    In my country Tanzania there is no that service until now, hopefully we see it soon and I will enjoy much better than I using KweseApp to watch football game and news we are hoping that at end of this year will invest most of your service of Econet wireless and Kwese TV Decoder in my beautiful land Tanzania.

    My reply,
    I’m hoping that Tanzania will start selling decoders in April. You will be able to get a decoder online soon, even if we have no dealers in the country selling decoders.
    We already own TV 1, and Raha in Tanzania.
    I have always enjoyed investing in Tanzania over the years.

    Reply
  13. Strive Masiyiwa Post author

    Okoli writes:

    I will wait to be a dealer when your services step in Uganda under Emma com Africa Ltd.

    My reply:
    I like your attitude!
    In less than three weeks, you can go online (Kwese.Com), and register yourself as a dealer. You can then order decoders, and start selling in your market. Anywhere in Africa.
    I
    Kwese Tv, is going to turn some people on this platform into multi-millionaires; you know that, don’t you?

    Reply
  14. Strive Masiyiwa Post author

    David writes:

    Had Kwese installed in my house today!

    Working well with a great package of entertainment.

    Congratulations!!

    David from Ghana.

    Reply
  15. Strive Masiyiwa Post author

    Afterthought 6:
    Here is an interesting tip, for those of you wishing to get Kwese Tv service:
    If you have an existing satellite dish from another service provider, it might be compatible with our decoder (if its 90cm); so check with an experienced installer first. It might save you as much as $25!

    Reply
  16. Strive Masiyiwa Post author

    Alex writes:

    Dr Masiyiwa thanks once again for your teachings. Ever since I learned the importance of Internet in business I engaged an expert from SA to build a website for my small company. Everyone who has visited my website said the website is very good and have been receiving orders even outside Tanzania. Just checkout http://www.cps.co.tz. Then the other day I was reading a book called The world is flat by Thomas Fieldman and there was a sentence which catched my attention… that compitition is the 21st century is not between companies to companies or individuals to individuals rather it is between you and your imagination. From there on I started to question myself questions you have paused to us on this post. And I got an idea of starting an Internet based business. I cannot disclose it now but we are planning to launch it in April. I believe it is going to revolutionise the way people do business in Tanzania. I would love to see you on the launch.

    My reply,
    I urge everyone to visit your website. I’m so impressed.
    I’m a real fan of the writings of Thomas Friedman. We have even become friends. Keep reading his work.

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  17. Strive Masiyiwa Post author

    Afterthought:
    I want to be remembered as the guy who got Africa’s entrepreneurs onto the Internet, in a big way. When this happens our economies will explode.

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  18. Strive Masiyiwa Post author

    Alex writes:

    Dr Masiyiwa thanks once again for your teachings. Ever since I learned the importance of Internet in business I engaged an expert from SA to build a website for my small company. Everyone who has visited my website said the website is very good and have been receiving orders even outside Tanzania. Just checkout http://www.cps.co.tz. Then the other day I was reading a book called The world is flat by Thomas Fieldman and there was a sentence which catched my attention… that compitition is the 21st century is not between companies to companies or individuals to individuals rather it is between you and your imagination. From there on I started to question myself questions you have paused to us on this post. And I got an idea of starting an Internet based business. I cannot disclose it now but we are planning to launch it in April. I believe it is going to revolutionise the way people do business in Tanzania. I would love to see you on the launch.

    My reply,
    I urge everyone to visit your website. I’m so impressed.
    I’m a real fan of the writings of Thomas Friedman. We have even become friends. Keep reading his work.

    Reply
  19. Strive Masiyiwa Post author

    Alex writes:

    Dr Masiyiwa thanks once again for your teachings. Ever since I learned the importance of Internet in business I engaged an expert from SA to build a website for my small company. Everyone who has visited my website said the website is very good and have been receiving orders even outside Tanzania. Just checkout http://www.cps.co.tz. Then the other day I was reading a book called The world is flat by Thomas Fieldman and there was a sentence which catched my attention… that compitition is the 21st century is not between companies to companies or individuals to individuals rather it is between you and your imagination. From there on I started to question myself questions you have paused to us on this post. And I got an idea of starting an Internet based business. I cannot disclose it now but we are planning to launch it in April. I believe it is going to revolutionise the way people do business in Tanzania. I would love to see you on the launch.

    My reply,
    I urge everyone to visit your website. I’m so impressed.
    I’m a real fan of the writings of Thomas Friedman. We have even become friends. Keep reading his work.

    Reply
  20. Strive Masiyiwa Post author

    Afterthought:
    I want to be remembered as the guy who got Africa’s entrepreneurs onto the Internet, in a big way. When this happens our economies will explode.

    Reply
  21. Strive Masiyiwa Post author

    Lapressa writes:

    Welcome in Kenya am looking forward to be your dealer in Western Kenya……karibuni nchini Kenya.

    My reply,
    Thank you for such a warm welcome.
    I promise that we will come to Western Kenya, as I have travelled there before.
    I have been coming to Kenya for 17 years now.
    Please follow up on Kwese.Com to see how you can be a dealer for us. We will give details end of March for “Online Dealers”.

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  22. Strive Masiyiwa Post author

    Edwin writes:

    “In a world of change, the learners shall inherit the earth, while the learned shall find themselves perfectly suited for a world that no longer exists-‘Eric Hoffer
    You’re building a generation of change agents.
    God bless you

    My reply,
    As with all wise sayings it is a paraphrase of a biblical teaching.
    When you position yourself, as a “learner” you are more likely to have humility. This is why Jesus said “the meek shall inherit the earth”– only a meek person can learn from others.
    When you position yourself as the “learned”, then pride is set in your mindset. “Those who are proud and haughty”, and are also likely to be cynical, and jealous and so get nothing in this world but sorrows, and fleeting gratifications. This too is biblical.

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  23. Strive Masiyiwa Post author

    Raj writes:
    I am very much impressed with Kwese TV. I would love to be a dealer in your decorders for the the market in the Kenyan Coast, starting with Mombasa and Kilifi. How do I go about it? Please help.

    My reply,
    There is a team at Kwese who are going through all these comments, and they will no doubt find a way to get you in touch with the team recruiting dealers.
    There will also be a section on the Kwese.Com website where you can apply Online to be a dealer, and they will send you stock.

    Reply
  24. Strive Masiyiwa Post author

    Tetio writes:

    Hi Strive, we are also planning to do a start-ups pitching competition in Kenya where young people can win start-up capital. But apart from the best innovative idea that one can have, what other features do investors look for in a business? Are investors also willing to partner with startups in form of franchising and mentoring?

    My reply,
    Two years ago, I participated in a similar initiative there in Kenya, with two of the leading global entrepreneurs, Jean and Steve Case. It was amazing to see the quality of the proposals from young Kenyan entrepreneurs.
    On our channel Kwese Inc, we feature entrepreneurs from around the world, just like you, doing this type of pitch for financing. I paid a lot of money for those shows like Shark Tank, Adventure Capitalist, Restaurant Start-Up, Dragons Den etc., for this very purpose. I really hope that you will get yourself a decoder.

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  25. Strive Masiyiwa Post author

    Lapressa writes:

    Welcome in Kenya am looking forward to be your dealer in Western Kenya……karibuni nchini Kenya.

    My reply,
    Thank you for such a warm welcome.
    I promise that we will come to Western Kenya, as I have travelled there before.
    I have been coming to Kenya for 17 years now.
    Please follow up on Kwese.Com to see how you can be a dealer for us. We will give details end of March for “Online Dealers”.

    Reply
  26. Strive Masiyiwa Post author

    Edwin writes:

    “In a world of change, the learners shall inherit the earth, while the learned shall find themselves perfectly suited for a world that no longer exists-‘Eric Hoffer
    You’re building a generation of change agents.
    God bless you

    My reply,
    As with all wise sayings it is a paraphrase of a biblical teaching.
    When you position yourself, as a “learner” you are more likely to have humility. This is why Jesus said “the meek shall inherit the earth”– only a meek person can learn from others.
    When you position yourself as the “learned”, then pride is set in your mindset. “Those who are proud and haughty”, and are also likely to be cynical, and jealous and so get nothing in this world but sorrows, and fleeting gratifications. This too is biblical.

    Reply
  27. Strive Masiyiwa Post author

    Raj writes:
    I am very much impressed with Kwese TV. I would love to be a dealer in your decorders for the the market in the Kenyan Coast, starting with Mombasa and Kilifi. How do I go about it? Please help.

    My reply,
    There is a team at Kwese who are going through all these comments, and they will no doubt find a way to get you in touch with the team recruiting dealers.
    There will also be a section on the Kwese.Com website where you can apply Online to be a dealer, and they will send you stock.

    Reply
  28. Strive Masiyiwa Post author

    Tetio writes:

    Hi Strive, we are also planning to do a start-ups pitching competition in Kenya where young people can win start-up capital. But apart from the best innovative idea that one can have, what other features do investors look for in a business? Are investors also willing to partner with startups in form of franchising and mentoring?

    My reply,
    Two years ago, I participated in a similar initiative there in Kenya, with two of the leading global entrepreneurs, Jean and Steve Case. It was amazing to see the quality of the proposals from young Kenyan entrepreneurs.
    On our channel Kwese Inc, we feature entrepreneurs from around the world, just like you, doing this type of pitch for financing. I paid a lot of money for those shows like Shark Tank, Adventure Capitalist, Restaurant Start-Up, Dragons Den etc., for this very purpose. I really hope that you will get yourself a decoder.

    Reply
  29. Strive Masiyiwa Post author

    Shawn Eneje #GETS IT!!!
    This is what he wrote, in his own words!

    …”How you see things, determine to a great extent how you relate with it. I have always thought of the internet as a virtual space, but never did I think deeply of the full implications of what a virtual space is until I read Strive.

    You see, the “Virtual space” known as the internet, is indeed the most valuable “Real Estate” in the world today! _More valuable than land!

    The moment you begin to see the internet as ‘’valuable real estate’’, you will begin to realise the boundless opportunities and possibilities it holds.

    Let’s say the internet is a land, what would you build on it? Uber built transportation, Airbnb built Hotels, Alibaba and Amazon built supermarkets, Facebook built a community, Google built a directory etc. the possibilities are limitless.

    What would you like to build?

    Every Business today should own a strategic piece of the internet’s real estate. See it as a piece of land for building a shop, an office, or even a road to your business; there is really no difference.

    The potentials for business growth that the internet offers are simply out of this world.

    I have written about this before and I will write about it again; serious businesses today can’t afford not to have online presence. If you don’t know the best online strategy to adopt, ask questions. There are Companies that specialise in giving you such guidance. You can find this one for instance on the internet @hoftitech – http://www.hofti.com or you google Hofti Technology!

    Do you ever wonder how businesses online make money?
    Or you want to know how you can grow your business using the internet?
    Or you want to develop a business online that can be making you money?

    Whichever it is you seek, just ask!

    You see, the internet is so rich, whatever you seek you will most likely find. When someone wants to learn something about your business, you brand, your product or services, the first thing they do is check it out online. So you want to have a comprehensive, well designed and well managed online presence; preferably, a website, and then, depending on your business, a social media presence.

    It could be anybody looking; from potential customers to aspiring employee to prospective investors! So your online presence must be epic. It must offer the most useful information that maybe sought from it.

    Don’t plan to get your business online sometime in the future, seriously, do it now!”

    Shawn Eneje

    My Reply:

    Shawn Eneje,
    You got the class prize today!
    Wow, wow!
    Well done.
    Your piece is quite long, but I absolutely loved it.
    Much appreciated your insight.

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  30. jpmstanley

    Thank you Dr Masiyiwa for all your inspirational content and for leading by example. Regards the website and improvements that could be made I have pointed out that the contact us form on the kwesetv page does not work. It has a captcha facility to validate if its a human user not a bot and this is the part that no matter if you type it correctly keeps giving an error code. I sent a messsage to the team to highlight this error.

    My main reason for using the page was to find out how I can contribute to the Kwese Inc platform as a creator. I used facebook to pass the message on and was sent back an email address. The email address I was sent did not work either and bounced back.

    This is not a criticism of the platform because I think its great but just to point out that some issues need correcting

    Regards JPMStanley

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  31. Strive Masiyiwa Post author

    Nna writes,

    Why Lagos and Abuja only, please Sir, the southerners are mostly your followers let the services extend to us too.

    My reply,
    Nna your country is huge! It just takes time to roll out across the whole country. It is happening, and I can assure you that soon you will enjoy Kwese Tv. Meanwhile download the App, and watch using your phone, or computer on a wifi network.

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  32. Strive Masiyiwa Post author

    #Good news for Botswana!

    I’m pleased to announce to all our friends in Botswana that KweseFreeSport, started broadcasting in Gaborone today, with an English Premier League game. It will go national within a matter of weeks, This channel is independent from Kwese Tv, and does not need a decoder like the other channels. The decoder will be on sale for Kwese Tv, in March.
    Enjoy!

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  33. Shawn Eneje

    Sir, I Commented on your link where you wrote:
    “I want to be remembered as the guy who got Africa’s entrepreneurs onto the internet, in a big way. When this happens, our economies will explode.”
    I have an innovative plan to make this happen, through a way that especially makes immediate business sense for kwesè TV.
    If I can be privy to a secure direct channel to you; like an email address or a phone number, I will like to immediately pitch this idea to you.
    Thank you in advance, for your response.

    Regards,
    Shawn Eneje.

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  34. Archie MZ

    My life has been hectic sir since even got to the point of losing hope in a brighter future. I thank my God for I now see that all the negativities I have faced as a youngman have been working for my good. My hopes and aspirations have been ressurected once again I no longer see the negatives as disadvantages but as learning points, My point is actually,

    Everytime I read your posts life kicks within me and my eyes are opened the more and now The Father Himself has been connecting me to pinnacles of hope in the Lord Himself.
    Thank You Dr. Strive Masiyiwa for allowing The Lord to bring hope into my life. Thank You Sir.

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  35. nqobile madziba

    i retract my my past question my partner just told me when ecommerce came to america peoples inital response was no but when you can show the market value then there is no reason not to. thank you very much we learn from your actions

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  36. timothy Frank

    Design and navigation is simple and unique to the experience. However i would suggest more access to snippets on the website. For Example i am from the UK and i could not access snippets of series/shows on the webpage. Secondly the content is ok and commercial, However, sir you preach Africa a lot, is it not ok to promote young African footballers, movies, singers, business people etc. The content can be produced by upcoming African producers and a fee is paid to kwese for airtime, provided content fits. Nollywood did this very well, kwesi can do this better, for the restof Africa.

    Warmest,

    Tim

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  37. timothy Frank

    Design and navigation is simple and unique to the experience. However i would suggest more access to snippets on the website. For Example i am from the UK and i could not access snippets of series/shows on the webpage. Secondly the content is ok and commercial, However, sir you preach Africa a lot, is it not ok to promote young African footballers, movies, singers, business people etc. The content can be produced by upcoming African producers and a fee is paid to kwese for airtime, provided content fits. Nollywood did this very well, kwesi can do this better, for the rest of Africa.

    Warmest,

    Tim

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