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Tech and Entrepreneurship Town Hall

Join the conversation with special guest James Mwangi, Shivani Siroya, Kamal Bhattacharya and myself at the Tech and Entrepreneurship Town Hall hosted by the Pathways for Prosperity Commission & Kwesé INC in Nairobi Kenya.

 

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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.

9 thoughts on “Tech and Entrepreneurship Town Hall

  1. Strive Masiyiwa Post author

    Floc writes,

    In many parts of Kenya people drink water from boreholes which is salty. We need a solution for that. Think about that as well Peter. Wonderful presentation.

    My reply,
    When you have an entrepreneurial mindset like yours, which can spot an opportunity to improve something; there are or of two things for you to DO:
    #1. You begin IMMEDIATELY to develop a product as a “fast follower”, which will be even better than that offered by Peter!
    Or
    #2. You approach Peter and ask him to give you a job based on the value you can bring to his business.

    Just don’t sit on a good!

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  2. Strive Masiyiwa Post author

    Reflection:
    What an amazing prayer for you!

    “My prayer for you is that you will overflow more and more with love for others, and at the same time keep on growing in spiritual knowledge and insight, for I want you always to see clearly the difference between right and wrong, and to be inwardly clean, no one being able to criticize you from now until our Lord returns. May you always be doing those good, kind things that show you are a child of God, for this will bring much praise and glory to the Lord.”
    [The Apostle Paul praying for the Philippians].

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  3. Strive Masiyiwa Post author

    Adebimpe writes,

    Amen and happy birthday in advance sir, As your days shall your strength be in Jesus name.

    My reply,

    Caleb said to Joshua:
    “And now behold the Lord has kept me alive!

    …..Yet I am as strong today as I was the day Moses sent me; as my strength was then, so is my strength now for war and to go out and to come in.”

    Thank you!

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  4. Strive Masiyiwa Post author

    Afterthought:
    The finalists are going to get opportunities that will exceed the prize money they were chasing!

    This is why it is important to participate.

    “Don’t fear from a distance” (old African saying).

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  5. Strive Masiyiwa Post author

    Thank you Kwese Inc:
    Kwese Inc is the channel for entrepreneurs, that is on Kwese Tv. I asked the team there to manage the competition on my behalf. I think they did an amazing job.
    I really want them to make it bigger, and also create pitching contests in which we bring Venture Capitalists and bankers to provide funding for winners.
    We want to make Kwese Inc the best tv channel in Africa, because Africa is a continent of entrepreneurs.
    Please join me in thanking the team for their efforts. It will only get better.

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  6. Strive Masiyiwa Post author

    Moses writes,

    If we can have a device that can check for ones blood pressure, then i believe its possible to have a device that can test for diabetes without getting the blood.

    My reply,
    There are already several devices on the market that do exactly what you are suggesting.
    Our group has a company called Cumii Technologies which has a division called Cumi HealthTech, and they actually market such products and services!

    You should use your Google browser to investigate such products as Flylibre which was recently approved by the American FDA.
    This is part of the biotech revolution that is well on its way!

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  7. Strive Masiyiwa Post author

    Afterthought:
    To accommodate the launch of Pathways For Prosperity with Melinda Gates [the wife of Bill Gates] as well as the Town Hall, in Nairobi, I had to forego my annual trip to The Davos World Economic Forum in Switzerland.
    I’m pleased that I was able to witness two historic events.

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