Sam Gichuru

Before Anybody Convinces You That NGOs Are Messing Up The Tech Ecosystem

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ShareFor sometime now, I have watched a few people trash the local tech ecosystem. Before I continue, I know I will have sparked some fires and stepped on a toe or two by the time many of you are done reading this article; I am open to alternative views. From tweets to online conversations, I have noticed some worrying trends that would make any investor hesitant.  Reading comments from two investors who have stepped into the (Kenyan) market in the last 2 years:Nikolai of (88mph),whose sentiments can be read on…read more

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The 10 Commandments of being a Man

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ShareWhile I have to answer a lots of questions about how to build startups, lately I have other concerns, one of them is how to help young men become competitive in a society that seems to pay a lot more attention to women / the girl child. After incubating a good number of young entrepreneurs  mostly men at nailab, I have learned that men who are successful in business have accomplished great success in their day to day living as well, they know what matters most and when it does, after…read more

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Follow to Lead

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Share I am not shy to be led by another man. Actually, I have men who I follow gladly; some I have met, while others I have not. But when they talk, I shut up, listen, and keep my humble opinion to myself. Some of you know the story. In my early 20′s I asked a top CEO if I could carry his bags for his meetings. He ended up taking me to very interesting places and I met very interesting people. Very few young men ask to be mentored….read more

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my short Journey writing a theatrical play

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Share So tomorrow this 2 hour play will premier at Michael Joseph Center, Safaricom… a few reflections… Writing a play is harder than I imagined, I have watched so many movies and I will think twice before I critic a nigerian movie again. Its so hard to build a story line, add dialogue, add a cliff hanger or two, its amazing how clear things are in our heads until we put them on paper and they look like the rumbling of a crazy person…. but some cool things happened along…read more

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Might #KOT Be Helping Terrorists Win The Social Media War?

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Share An article on CNN states that “ Islamic State of Iraq and Syria, or ISIS, a terror group so extreme that al Qaeda has denounced it, is taking the lead with a social media propaganda war the likes of which has never been seen.” The terror group has gone ahead to create an app called “Dawn” to keep people informed about the insurgents by auto-posting pictures on Twitter. The app was so popular,it has hit an upwards of 40,000 tweets & retweets in one day, making them a trending topic,…read more

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10 quick Leadership Lessons for the Startup CEO wannabe

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Share Every new cohort of startup has to undergo an afternoon of a somewhat intense leadership sessions with Sam Gichuru the CEO of Nailab. The following Article is borrowed from his Blog with permission. If I could pick a title, I would like to be called the Chief Magician :), because most times I feel like everything is an illusion. There is no CEO school, nobody teaches you how to be a CEO, one too many CEO’s behave like super hero’s, they behave as if they can jump buildings and catch bullets with…read more

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I went to my first stag party…& whats the secret to your success…

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ShareAll this events happened in a single day in 2013… but started a few years ago. A few years ago.. I went to my first stag party, I have always been the curious kind and if you have read anything else I have written you know that already, I had barely sat down when a young girl who was about 20 years came and stood next to me and though she was a bit scared, she went ahead to say that for a fee I could have sex with her. My…read more

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Focus on where we are going…

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ShareAn old facebook post I thought I should turn into a blog post. I have been having this thought since early morning today, when our focus is on eliminating poverty, we focus on poverty, this means we study the people, cultures, etc looking to find a reason as to why they are poor, our solutions are limited to that information we gather and so we only give them opportunity equal to what we think they can handle, we later get frustrated and blame government, culture, people e.t.c when they cant…read more

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Kenya@50 – Speech by Mzee Jomo Kenyatta (The Burning Spear)

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ShareThe following is the speech delivered by Mzee Jomo Kenyatta on December 12th, 1963 ! – so that we never forget why we celebrate  Jamuhuri Day. “December the 12th, 1963! This is the happiest, the most wonderful day in my life, the day our beloved Kenya becomes free. It is a day which can come only once in a lifetime – the day when a lifetime’s effort is suddenly fulfilled. Foa a moment it is hard to believe that it is true. For this day has been won with such…read more

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Stop Crying.., You Killed them..

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ShareIf this is #tujuane, we would have something to say about it, we have a target to ridicule, someone to blame, someone we can use as a yard stick, well its not. Most of my friends know that we have just covered 3800 Kilometers on a road trip in the United States, which is like driving from Nairobi to Pretoria in South Africa. But this post is not about road trips its about being accountability and responsibility. As I get ready to go back home, I realize that we are the…read more

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Day 3 : Los Angeles to Las Vegas and More

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Share(Un-edited ) Its about 265 miles (426 KM), and takes about 4 hours, we hope to have lunch at Barstow and Dinner in Las Vegas. We will cut through the Mojave desert and soon enough the coastal temperature is gone, its now dry heat, elevation keeps increasing and the risk of your car heating up is very high. Somewhere along the way, we meet this group of guys. We drive for 114 KM just before Barstow we encounter a tiny desert storm, its low visibility and we have to drive…read more

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Day 2: Hollywood

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Share(un-edited) We arrived in Hollywood early evening and got booked at the USA Hostel; this is a great place to stay on budget, bed & breakfast is at $38. In 2010 I stayed in San Francisco’s and really had fun. Its 5 minutes walk to Hollywood Boulevard where the “Stars are Immortalized” and this At the Chinese theater we find this Jack Sparrow street performers. We get some Mexican food, walk around a few clubs and see the nightlife.  It’s obvious that the line between reality and fiction is very…read more

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Day 1. Road Trip San Francisco to Los Angeles

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Share(un-edited) Landed in San Francisco, after 20 hours we need some rest, we hook up with Bart Lacroix, my co-founder at both Nailab and 1% Club, We have a couple of meetings in San Francisco but before that we each have 10 days of leave for the year,  we had decided we wanted to do a Road Trip but none of us had any specific plan. So Day 1. We are going to drive as far as we can in 10 days, that’s sort of silly because we need to…read more

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Mending the Technology Skills Gap in Africa

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Educational institutions should stop being rigid and change the curriculum to suit the current trends and marketplace needs. Secondly, they should work with enterprises to develop these curriculums.

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2 Pairs of shoes are too many for me

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Share I never had more than one pair of shoes most of my life, I would walk into a Bata shop, buy a new pair, then discard the old pair in the same shop, it was too old to even give out to any of my cousins anyway. I never knew the problems that come with having 2 pairs of shoes. This week I had been invited to 4 events, 3 of which I was a guest speaker and panelist, I also had a proposal that was due for submission by…read more

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Crowdsourcing Peace Messages

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ShareWhy: To  do something good for our country, measure our creativity and Twitter clout and hopefully make some new friends. What’s The Process? Send out a creative tweet about peace #ChaguaPeace or #ChaguaAmani #MkenyaDaima #ILoveKenya Get your friends to retweet it Get 10 bob for every retweet you receive for your creative tweet (see terms) Example of a tweet: If we have no peace, it is because we have forgotten that we belong to each other  #ChaguaPeace  NB: Feel free to tag me cc @samgichuru  or @gina_din on your tweets for a retweet…read more

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Backpacking Across Europe

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ShareBelow are a few tips on how to backpack, Why did I do it? – for the same reason I do everything else, I want to believe that we can all achieve what we desire if we put our mind and heart into it, I spent roughly $3000 (Kshs 200,000). normally I try and hustle an extra 10-20K a month to travel at the end of the year, so every year since 2010 I have managed to visit, North America (Califonia, Vegas, Dallas), Dubai, South Africa, Rwanda, Burundi, etc Some…read more

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Psalm 23 For Geeks

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ShareThe Lord is my programmer, I shall not crash. He installed His software on the hard disk of my heart. All of His commands are user friendly. His directory guides me to the right choices for His name’s sake. Even though I scroll through the problems of life, I will fear no bugs, for He is my back-up. His password protects me. He prepares a menu before me in the presence of my enemies.His help is only a keystroke away. Surely goodness and mercy will follow me all the days…read more

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There Are No Mistakes in Life..Only Lessons.

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ShareDid you really make a mistake? I hear and know of people praying day and night to get children. On the other hand, I see girls who had sex once and got pregnant…. so, I conclude, either God has a cruel sense of humor or He knows exactly what He is doing. I will go with the fact that ako na clue.. When you meet a single mum and you ask about the dad… the likely answer is “ Oh, I made a mistake in my

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Some Softwares that I must have

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ShareThe following is a list of softwares that are a must have for my laptop, phone or tablet. DropBox – Gone are the days when I had to back up my documents just incase I lost my laptop, dropbox has solved that problem, all my files are stored in the cloud, and when I change computers all I have to do is download dropbox, sign in and all my files are restored within their original folders. Cloudy Calculator – This is a very nifty calculator, I never knew it existed…read more

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reaching out to Philomena..

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ShareIn my early 20′s I was extra “spiritual” and had some extra spiritual friend who are still very good friends today, this particular lady from Western Kenya was serious and very deep kind, one day she had a dream that I would marry a girl called ….. Philomena… that sort of evokes a certain image depending on where you grew up. Now… truth be told, At that the early age of 23/24 you want to date and marry a really hot girl with a jisty name like Angelina Jolie ……read more

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Trying and trying to Blog

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ShareWhen I started writting this blog, I had allot of things to say, actually most of the time am the kind of dude who has allot of things to say… halfway, I forgot everything I wanted to blog about. T hats how long it has been since I last blogged, I used to love blogging and now I miss it,  I am forced to go back and read my own blog posts, am entertained by the adventures I have had in my life. Its 17 months since my Co-founder @toneendungu…read more

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Need a Reason to attend Startup Weekend Nairobi?

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Share Ok, you’ve been hearing a lot about Startup Weekend lately…But maybe you aren’t still convinced as to WHY you should come…What’s in it for me, you ask? Well, allow me: Education: Startup Weekends are all about learning. At Startup Weekend Nairobi,   you will get a chance to learn a new skill, programming or business language. Even more cool, your mindset and approach to life and business will change. Enlarged network: Many other likeminded entrepreneurs will be attending this weekend. So it’s a safe bet that you will interact with…read more

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Mzalendo Launch at the Ihub

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ShareToday the project Mzalendo gets a relaunch at the Ihub, Mzalendo.com is a great initiative whos mission is stated as “to keep an eye on the Kenyan paliament”, the project co-founded by Conrad and Ory, is seeking to promote a greater public participation in politics, its funded by the Omidyar network. You want to know about your paliamentarian, this is the site to visit, you will find current political positions, job history, their level of education, and most impressive is the scorecard, that allows you to rate and review the…read more

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10 Answers you wish you had

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Share In which battle did napoleon die ? – Answer: his last battle Where was the declaration of independent signed – Answer: at the bottom River Ravi flows in which State- Answer: liquid What is the main reason for divorce – Answer: marriage What is the main reason for failure – Answer: exams What can you  never eat for breakfast – Answer: lunch and dinner What looks like half an apple- Answer: the other half If you throw a red stone into the blue sea, what will it become- Answer: wet How…read more

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Day 2: Break out session with RDO, Rwanda, Kigali

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ShareWe held multiple breakout sessions with each organization for the next 3 days in Kigali, each morning routine involved being picked from the Gorillas Hotel and coming back to drop our bags late in the afternoon very exhausted, we covered around 6 organizations and still had a list pending that would have to wait for 2012. The gorillas was a pretty good place to stay and was central to accessing Kigali, it’s actually a walking distance and we discovered this after paying huge amounts of money for cab drives. For…read more

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Day 1: Rwanda, Kigali : Using Social Media in development space

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ShareAt the end of 2011 we did a trip to Rwanda and Burundi , our trip was sponsored by Oxfam Novib, and we were to meet all the Oxfam partners and discuss their work and adaptation to ICT to enhance their service delivery. First stop: Kigali, meeting with Oxfam partners, including RDO, Accord Rwanda, and about 10 other organist ions in a group meeting to discuss issues of ICT, some of the topics covered where Where we are as Organisations working in the development space in east Africa Use of…read more

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Social Media and Development Organisations

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ShareHad a great meeting meeting with RDO today, at their office in Kigali, discussing how to plan a 2012 strategy on use of ICT in the development space. This blog will be added much later today, Watch this space

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Looking for the “flying Dutchman”

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ShareThis is more of a diary than my usual blog, covers the fun part I get to have while doing my work – lots of thanks to 1% Club, Akvo, Accenture and the people I bump into on my trips. Stay: As usual I have this big sabbaticals from blogging, well.. I hope am back, this time am in Amsterdam, tempted to go to Paris, but will see, but for now I have this awesome apartment organised by an amazing lady called Nguyen facing a canal in Amsterdam . (For you Kenyans…read more

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GHAFLA: HOW WE WON OUR INVESTORS OVER

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Share Ghafla! is a local entertainment website containing content and (soon) digital downloads from East Africa. It was founded by two passionate fellas: Mr. Majani and Lyosi Mwedekeli. They are incubated at the Nailab, and one remarkable thing about them is that they won an investment just 3 days after their incubation. The investment valued Ghafla! at a staggering 14 million shillings! We caught up with the Ghafla!Guys for them to share with us exactly how they won their investors over. Lesson 1: Have some prior work  to show for…read more

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Shaker – Most Addictive Virtual Chat App for Facebook

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imagine turning your facebook, google+ or twitter into a complete virtual hang out, dont get lost on the word “virtual” just finish this article, and you will be blown away.

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Kenyans for Kenya | Using what we have

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Share  Kenyans 4 Kenya is the kind of thing we want to be remember for as a country, not our 2008 post election violence but a people who forgot their difference and come together to save ourselves, in the past I wrote that we need to get more soft power, it’s not achieved by being talkers but by being doers and not for glory but for meaningful change. The story of Kenyans for Kenya reminds me of the story of Moses, God asked Moses “what are you holding” and he…read more

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Nailab to Host the Vice President of Kenya

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a great honor to Host the Vice President of Kenya at the Nailab, the Vice president will be visiting the Nailab early evening for a 2 hour session with top bloggers and Tweeps in Kenya.

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Proud Kenya: National Anthem!

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ShareDownload The Kenya National Anthem: Kenyananthem   O God of all creation, Bless this our land and nation. Justice be our shield and defender, May we dwell in unity, Peace and liberty. Plenty be found within our borders. Let one and all arise With hearts both strong and true. Service be our earnest endeavour, And our Homeland of Kenya, Heritage of splendour, Firm may we stand to defend. Let all with one accord In common bond united, Build this our nation together, And the glory of Kenya, The fruit of our…read more

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Social Media Campaign Goes Viral – Facebook: Kenyans4Kenya Campaign

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ShareThis has been an amazing 2 days, I am glad about  the decisions made on this thread, as a result a Facebook page was created to support the campaign initiated by Safaricom, Red Cross , KCB, Gina Din and now later the Nailab. As of today we are spearheading the social media campaign, using Facebook , twitter and a host of other tools,  32Million has been raised to feed our brothers and sisters in the north as of 12 O’clock today. I am glad my second virtual  journey has been…read more

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Gold or pickaxes, Very Inspiring.

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Share (Published with permission from www.techsahara.com , this article made my heart skip a beat) So I’m here slurping my nice delicious milkshake and meditative, what/who is the most successful startup on the floor at Bishop Magua Center?, (this is the building that hosts an innovative space the Ihub, a business Incubator the Nailab, and a mobile app Incubator the Mlab, ) I am a-bit shaken by my ignorance;  I have interacted with the most successful founder and startup everyday without paying attention! A startup business is a company with a limited operation…read more

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Day Finale: Visit to Open DNS, Tech Crunch and Twitter.

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Share This day was to be my last business day, so I figured it’s time to stop and reflect… but I had one final place to visit, with no appointments. That meant I had to knock on some doors and be brave — don’t try this at home!  I was well received in some offices, while others knocked the wind out of me. This is the story of building 410 Townsend. Building 410 hosts Yammer, OpenDNS, Shop it to me and TechCrunch – for the techies at the Nailab or Ihub, it’s…read more

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Other Days: SF Police Department and the Marathon runner

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Share  San Francisco is warmer this morning, the weather is great for a walk and am excited to go meet an old friend,  I am going to meet my man Marlon Parker,… No I should write a special blog about Marlon parker but that is as soon as I visit Rlabs in South Africa. Our place of meeting is Union Square where I find a group of San Francisco Police. Something about Cops in Stato in comparison to Kenyan Cops, is that they are very friendly and easy but they…read more

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Day 5(6,7): A Visit to Stanford

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ShareAt Stanford I was hosted by probably the first Kenyan from Northern Kenyan to get a Scholarship to Stanford, Jisas Lema is a very humble young man who spent a few hours showing me around campus and giving me a heads up about Stanford,  if you are reading this and you have a kid interested in computer science, I would suggest that be your first pick. More info on this, we don’t want Stanford graduates having issues about my grammar esp when I write about their school..

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Day 4: (afternoon) Meeting the Amazing Paul Graham at Y Combinator

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Share Day 4 was full of activity, after I left Google, I was picked up by my good friend Mark and we headed to 320 pioneer way to chance and see the Y combinator offices and in my heart I prayed to meet Paul Graham. 45 min- 1 hour later, I had enjoyed a very inspiring conversation with Paul Graham and Kate Courteau who took their time to tell me how Y Combinator started (and the fact that it was not part of the plan, how about that) and the conversation has been…read more

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Day 4: (Morning) Google MTV!

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Share So I kept hearing, Sam Gichuru is coming to Google MTV and I never understood what that was all about, last I checked MTV was a music program or something about houses…  My visit to Google was going to be exciting and as you can tell if you have been following I had to edit to stop betraying all my emotions on a blog.. the exciting was exhilarating Google MTV is Google Mountain View , this is the Google Headquarters in  Mountain View California, which is about 1 hour with the…read more

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Day 3: Learning about Kiva |Micro Finance

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ShareComing soon  :)   Sorry but you will have to jump this for a later day – Click here for day 4

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Day 2: VP of all Things Fun and Meaningful! Part 1

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Share The first time I heard of sales force was a couple of years ago, I was disappointed, the application was so amazing but I could not download it, cloud computing was confusing to African Techs back then, actually let’s just say I was disappointed I could not pirate it, (yes, I know, you have never use bootlegged copies of anything… no clue what am talking about) among other problems my tribesmen could not tell if it was crowd or cloud the “r” and “l” problems are going to be here…read more

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Day 1: San Francisco, Ahmed Vs Zuckerberg

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Share Apparently the Silicon Valley is not in San Francisco, well not exactly… ok… so you are thinking, kwani you dint check online… of course I did, but this is not like figuring out where the General Direction of Ongata Rongai is from Nairobi… but the fun has just began 15th May 2011. Hotel, Motel or Hostel… I settle for hostel, for the simple reason that I like people and I don’t mind being a cheap skate, an image of the movie Saw and some other psycho movies cross my mind but…read more

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Day 0: The Pilgrimage from Rift Valley to Silicon Valley

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Share So am here setting this blog to go on-line on 14th May 2011 , so if you are reading this blog then I never got to pull it down and this particular dream did come to pass – now that is cool, first think, then dream , then talk about it, then act on it, then make it a habit then.. it becomes part of you . Between the 14th of May and the 30th I will plan to make my pilgrimage journey to the silicon valley, and no…. ofcourse this…read more

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Incubator Opens its doors | nailab

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The Nailab was inspired by Y Combinator and Hackfwd and is the first incubator in East Africa that is not a space for rental but a space for turning smart ideas into profitable ventures,

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Futures of Technology in Africa

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The futures of technology in Africa, by Jasper Grosskurth a futurist,

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The Nairobi Incubation Lab

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Shareallot of questions have come in about the Nailab and I will be happy to answer them, in the meantime you can view the story here on business daily

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Kenya Government subsidizes Laptops for Students!

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The project is targeting both private and public university and if your Uni is among the approved then you should check your wallet make sure you have a bit of cash and then grab the subsidy and get yourself a nice nifty .. Affordable laptop!

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Job Available / Writers and Bloggers

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If you think you cant write and you want to give it a shot, we are also taking smart Interns, we shall provide basic training and open the doors you need to start interviews and writing/blogging.

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