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The Flip is an editorial-style podcast exploring contextually relevant insights from entrepreneurs and investors changing the status quo in Africa. The name The Flip comes from the opportunity to flip the script – question some of the pervasive narratives on entrepreneurship, challenge the ubiquity of Silicon Valley thought leadership, and champion the entrepreneurs building a future inspired by Africa. Produced and hosted by Johannesburg-based entrepreneur and American expat Justin Norman. Sayo Folawiyo is the executive producer and b-mic.
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One of the African tech ecosystem's largest exits was the 2020 sale of Sendwave to WorldRemit for $500 million. Sid Sridhar was Sendwave's Head of Business at the time, and in this episode, Sid shares his M&A lessons for the African tech ecosystem.Sid is now the Head of Business at Wave, the mobile money company spun out of Sendwave that's competing head-on with the telcos in Francophone West Africa. Wave raised a $200 million Series A in 2021, valuing the company at $1.7 billion. 00:00 - Introduction01:32 - Every deal is different02:16 - Know the business model that you're building for02:40 - Companies get bought not sold03:41 - How to qualify a deal04:53 - Be smart & strategic with information05:31 - Be transparent06:24 - Stay close to potential buyers07:39 - Alignment with investorsFollow Sid on TwitterCheck out other episodes from the Fintech in Africa Summit:Nigerian Neobank Roundtable: Moniepoint, Kuda, FairMoneyWhy Are Cross-Border Payments So Hard?Tackling Africa’s $330 Billion Credit GapOur Links - 🎥 YouTube - https://youtube.com/@theflipafrica 💻 Website - https://theflip.africa🐦 Twitter - https://twitter.com/theflipafrica👥 LinkedIn - https://www.linkedin.com/company/theflipafrica/📸 Instagram - https://instagram.com/theflipafrica
There is a $330 billion credit gap, according to the IFC. But why is it so hard to lend in African markets? We explore that question with Chijioke Dozie, Co-founder and CEO of Carbon, and Mark Straub, CEO of Smile Identity.This episode was recorded live from the FT Partners Fintech in Africa Summit in New York City. Download their FinTech in Africa research report, published in March 2024.00:00 - Introduction01:36 - The credit infrastructure problems in Africa02:28 - Carbon's approach to lending03:51 - SmileID's perspective on credit infrastructure08:10 - Ability to pay vs. willingness to pay10:06 - Private sector solutions17:36 - The challenges of scaling lending without infrastructureFollow Chijioke on Twitter.Follow Mark on Twitter.This episode was the third in our series of interviews recorded live from the Fintech in Africa Summit.Nigerian Neobanks with Moniepoint's Tosin Eniolorunda, Kuda's Babs Ogundeyi & Fairmoney's Laurin Hainy: https://theflip.africa/podcast/nigerian-neobank-roundtable-moniepoint-kuda-fairmoneyCross-Border Payments with NALA's Benjamin Fernandes & GTXN's Dan Kleinbaum: https://theflip.africa/podcast/why-are-cross-border-payments-so-hardOur Links - 🎥 YouTube - https://youtube.com/@theflipafrica 💻 Website - https://theflip.africa🐦 Twitter - https://twitter.com/theflipafrica👥 LinkedIn - https://www.linkedin.com/company/theflipafrica/📸 Instagram - https://instagram.com/theflipafrica
In this episode, the third in our docuseries on jobtech platforms and the future of work, we dive deeper into the value chain, because the problems that small businesses have across the continent are multi-layered. In an environment of demand constraints and a lack of infrastructure, platforms need to solve multiple problems across the value chain. This is what makes jobtech platforms so hard to build in Africa. But for those who can solve problems across the value chain, it not only unlocks growth opportunities for their users, but it also unlocks additional revenue streams for platforms to achieve greater profitability. Check out the first two episodes in this series:What We Get Wrong About Jobs in AfricaThe Future of Work Will Be Bootstrapped00:00 - Intro01:43 - Jobtech platforms in Africa need to solve multiple problems across the value chain.02:31 - One sector with challenges across the value chain is fashion.03:51 - How Fitted is solving problems for tailors in Nigeria.05:51 - Unlocking revenue opportunities for SMEs and platforms alike.Watch this episode on YouTube.Learn more about the Jobtech Alliance.Check out last year's podcast series on the future of work.Our Links - 🎥 YouTube - https://youtube.com/@theflipafrica 💻 Website - https://theflip.africa🐦 Twitter - https://twitter.com/theflipafrica👥 LinkedIn - https://www.linkedin.com/company/theflipafrica/📸 Instagram - https://instagram.com/theflipafrica
Benjamin Fernandes, the Founder and CEO of the remittance platform NALA, likes to say that payments are just 1% built in Africa. Why are cross-border payments so hard? In this episode, we're joined in conversation with Benjamin Fernandes and Dan Kleinbaum, a co-founder of Beyonic, which sold to Onafriq, and now the Founder of the FX platform GTXN. This episode was recorded live from the FT Partners Fintech in Africa Summit in New York City. Download their FinTech in Africa research report, published in March 2024.00:00 - Intro01:29 - Payments are 1% built in Africa06:32 - How to solve problems in Cross-Border payments08:28 - Do we need more payment apps?15:51 - Navigating regulatory challenges17:03 - Why are Benji & Dan solving these problems?20:30 - What's the cross-border payments pitch to investors?25:39 - Benji & Dan turn the tables on JustinThis episode was the second in our series of interviews recorded live from the Fintech in Africa Summit. Our first episode was with the Nigerian Neobanks: https://theflip.africa/podcast/nigerian-neobank-roundtable-moniepoint-kuda-fairmoneyEpisode Links:Follow Benji on TwitterFollow Dan on TwitterRead Benji's Medium post: Are African Remittances Finished?Our Links - 🎥 YouTube - https://youtube.com/@theflipafrica 💻 Website - https://theflip.africa🐦 Twitter - https://twitter.com/theflipafrica👥 LinkedIn - https://www.linkedin.com/company/theflipafrica/📸 Instagram - https://instagram.com/theflipafrica
In this episode, we're joined in a panel conversation with the CEOs of three of Nigeria's biggest digital banks: Moniepoint's Tosin Eniolorunda, Kuda's Babs Ogundeyi, and FairMoney's Laurin Hainy.This episode was recorded live from the FT Partners Fintech in Africa Summit in New York City. Download their FinTech in Africa research report, published in March 2024.00:00 - Intro01:18 - Moniepoint's distribution-first strategy02:45 - FairMoney's credit-led approach04:46 - Kuda's neobank strategy06:48 - Banks, product, competition, expansion25:45 - Growth, VC returns33:56 - What does success look like?Our Links - 🎥 YouTube - https://youtube.com/@theflipafrica 💻 Website - https://theflip.africa🐦 Twitter - https://twitter.com/theflipafrica👥 LinkedIn - https://www.linkedin.com/company/theflipafrica/📸 Instagram - https://instagram.com/theflipafrica
In our first episode of this series on jobtech platforms and the future of work, we argued that the future of work is a tech-enabled portfolio of work. But what does a portfolio of work really look like? And what happens next? We know we need to create more formal jobs in Africa, and we need to boost the productivity of the informal sector. But how do we get there? Considering the context of the markets in question, the future of work isn’t going to be designed or endowed; it’s going to be bootstrapped. 00:00 - Intro01:17 - Bootstrapping Development01:53 - Bootstrapping a portfolio of work05:48 - Pathways for jobtech users06:45 - This is how development happensWatch the first episode of this series on jobtech platforms: https://theflip.africa/podcast/what-we-get-wrong-about-jobs-in-africaTo learn more about the Jobtech Alliance, visit https://jobtechalliance.comCheck out last year's podcast series on the future of work: https://go.theflip.africa/future-of-workOur Links -🔔 Youtube - https://youtube.com/@theflipafrica 💻 Website - https://theflip.africa🐦 Twitter - https://twitter.com/theflipafrica👥 LinkedIn - https://www.linkedin.com/company/theflipafrica/📸 Instagram - https://instagram.com/theflipafrica
In January 2024, we hosted a live show in Lagos with The Subtext's Osarumen Osamuyi on the relationship between the tech ecosystem and the media. It was a follow-up to a 2020 episode we published entitled Much Ado About the Media.A lot of founders still feel the media is acting in bad faith amidst more accountable media coverage. In this episode, we explore this tension and have an important discussion with the ecosystem players themselves.00:00 - Intro01:22 - Reflecting on 2020's episode08:20 - Paga's Tayo Oviosu's founder perspective12:20 - TechCabal's Tomiwa Aladekomo's media perspective19:04 - What about business models?22:20 - Stears Nchedolisa Akuma on subscriptions24:58 - Moniepoint's Didi Uwemakpan's marketing perspective28:14 - The global perspective from TechCrunch's Tage Kene-Okafor30:49 - FT's Aanu Adeoye36:20 - How to give local context to a global audience42:02 - Local vs. global media45:43 - Who keeps the media in check?46:36 - Editorial perspectives from TechCabal's Olumuyiwa Olowogboyega50:03 - Negative stories about advertising partners53:03 - Osarumen & Justin's retrospectiveMuch Ado About the Media, part one: https://theflip.africa/podcast/s2e9Our Links - 🎥 YouTube - https://youtube.com/@theflipafrica  💻 Website - https://theflip.africa🐦 Twitter -  https://twitter.com/theflipafrica👥 LinkedIn -  https://www.linkedin.com/company/theflipafrica/📸 Instagram - https://instagram.com/theflipafrica
Live from the BIG Summit, a platform hosted by investor and 2x NBA All-Star Baron Davis, at the 2024 NBA All-Star Game, a conversation with three operators connecting Africa to the world through culture and commerce. In this conversation, we're joined by Clare Akamanzi, the CEO of NBA Africa, Abdul Karim Abdullah, the Founder and CEO of AfroFuture music festival, and entrepreneur and private equity investor Tuyee Yeboah. 00:00 - Intro02:38 - NBA Africa05:32 - AfroFuture08:34 - Investing across Africa and the US10:55 - Basketball's role in Africa's development12:20 - Changing perceptions about the continent17:35 - How do we get more investors involved?21:20 - African talentEpisode Links - AfroFuture - https://www.afrofuture.com/BAL - https://bal.nba.com/BIG Summit - https://www.teambig.io/Our Links - 🎥 YouTube - https://youtube.com/@theflipafrica  💻 Website - https://theflip.africa🐦 Twitter -  https://twitter.com/theflipafrica👥 LinkedIn -  https://www.linkedin.com/company/theflipafrica/📸 Instagram - https://instagram.com/theflipafrica
The African continent has the highest levels of poverty, the lowest levels of formal employment, and its population is going to double in the next 30 years. African countries need to create more jobs. But what kinds of jobs? And how? What if I told you that the way governments and development organizations are trying to create jobs in Africa is all wrong?  To make a dent in this problem requires an understanding of the realities on the ground and how that has impacted the preferences of the labor markets in question. The future of work, for Africans in particular, is not a formal job but a technology-enabled portfolio of work. 00:00 - Intro01:36 - Informal is normal03:14 - A portfolio of work05:24 - Using jobtech platforms like Tendo for supplemental income08:33 - To what degree can jobtech platforms address the underemployment issues across the continent?To learn more about the Jobtech Alliance, visit https://jobtechalliance.comCheck out last year's podcast series on the future of work: https://go.theflip.africa/future-of-workOur Links -🔔 Youtube - https://youtube.com/@theflipafrica  💻 Website - https://theflip.africa🐦 Twitter - https://twitter.com/theflipafrica👥 LinkedIn - https://www.linkedin.com/company/theflipafrica/📸 Instagram - https://instagram.com/theflipafrica
Despite research showing that female founders outperform their male peers, startups with a solo female founder or an all-female founding team raised a mere 2% of all the funding in Africa last year. There is a huge gender funding gap. How do we close it?This episode is the last episode of a five-episode series on gender lens investing, co-hosted by Eloho Omame, Founding Partner of First Check Africa, an early-stage fund backing female-led startups. Each episode of this series will explore a different level of the fundraising value chain. In this episode, we're exploring ecosystem and capacity building with Jessica Espinoza, the CEO of 2X Global, an organization aimed at unlocking gender smart capital at scale. Jessica chairs the 2X Challenge which has raised more than $27 billion of gender lens investments since its launch at the G7 Summit in 2018.00:00 - Intro02:10 - Unlocking gender-smart capital at scale03:43 - What is gender-smart capital?06:46 - Applying the 2X framework to investing10:25 - Building the gender-smart investing ecosystem19:52 - The primary issue is bias22:54 - Mainstreaming gender-smart capital25:55 - What is success for 2X Global?33:29 - A retrospective conversation with Eloho & JustinIn Episode 1 of this series, we spoke to the founders: Bamboo's Yanmo Omorogbe & Uncover's Sneha Mehta: https://theflip.africa/podcast/why-is-only-2-of-funding-going-to-female-foundersIn Episode 2 of this series, we spoke to angel investor Yemi Keri, Co-founder of Rising Tide Africa: https://theflip.africa/podcast/this-angel-investor-is-closing-the-gender-funding-gapIn Episode 3 of this series, we were joined by the fund managers: Alitheia Capital's Tokunboh Ishmael & TLcom Capital's Andreata Muforo: https://theflip.africa/podcast/investing-in-women-is-an-economic-imperativeIn Episode 4 of this series, we spoke to an LP investing in the fund managers: Sam Akyianu, Managing Director of the Mastercard Foundation Africa Growth Fund: https://theflip.africa/podcast/mastercard-foundation-is-investing-150-million-into-20-gender-lens-fundsThis series is created under the ScaleX project: Co-designing Solutions to close the early stage gender-financing gap in Africa, an initiative of Make-IT in Africa.Make-IT in Africa promotes entrepreneurship and innovation ecosystems across Africa for green and inclusive development. Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH implements this project on behalf of the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ). Our Links -🔔 Youtube - https://youtube.com/@theflipafrica  💻 Website - https://theflip.africa🐦 Twitter - https://twitter.com/theflipafrica👥 LinkedIn - https://www.linkedin.com/company/theflipafrica📸 Instagram - https://instagram.com/theflipafrica
Despite research showing that female founders outperform their male peers, startups with a solo female founder or an all-female founding team raised a mere 2% of all the funding in Africa last year. There is a huge gender funding gap. How do we close it?This episode is the fourth of a five-episode series on gender lens investing, co-hosted by Eloho Omame, Founding Partner of First Check Africa, an early-stage fund backing female-led startups. Each episode of this series will explore a different level of the fundraising value chain. The Mastercard Foundation Africa Growth Fund is a $150 million fund-of-funds initiative investing in twenty gender lens funds, with a particular focus on closing the financing and support gap for females. And in this episode, we're joined by Sam Akyianu, Managing Director of the Mastercard Foundation Africa Growth Fund.00:00 - Intro01:54 - Investing $150m in 20 vehicles08:06 - Fund evaluation & investment decisions23:09 - Measuring success31:25 - Overmentored and underfunded?35:04 - Getting other LPs onboard36:43 - A retrospective conversation with Eloho & JustinIn Episode 1 of this series, we spoke to the founders: Bamboo's Yanmo Omorogbe & Uncover's Sneha Mehta: https://theflip.africa/podcast/why-is-only-2-of-funding-going-to-female-foundersIn Episode 2 of this series, we spoke to angel investor Yemi Keri, Co-founder of Rising Tide Africa: https://theflip.africa/podcast/this-angel-investor-is-closing-the-gender-funding-gap In Episode 3 of this series, we were joined by the fund managers: Alitheia Capital's Tokunboh Ishmael & TLcom Capital's Andreata Muforo: https://theflip.africa/podcast/investing-in-women-is-an-economic-imperativeThis series is created under the ScaleX project: Co-designing Solutions to close the early stage gender-financing gap in Africa, an initiative of Make-IT in Africa.Make-IT in Africa promotes entrepreneurship and innovation ecosystems across Africa for green and inclusive development. Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH implements this project on behalf of the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ). Our Links -🔔 Youtube - https://youtube.com/@theflipafrica  💻 Website - https://theflip.africa🐦 Twitter - https://twitter.com/theflipafrica👥 LinkedIn - https://www.linkedin.com/company/theflipafrica📸 Instagram - https://instagram.com/theflipafrica
Despite research showing that female founders outperform their male peers, startups with a solo female founder or an all-female founding team raised a mere 2% of all the funding in Africa last year. There is a huge gender funding gap. How do we close it?This episode is the third of a five-episode series on gender lens investing, co-hosted by Eloho Omame, Founding Partner of First Check Africa, an early-stage fund backing female-led startups. Each episode of this series will explore a different level of the fundraising value chain. In this episode, we're joined by the investors. Tokunboh Ishmael is the Co-founder and Managing Partner of Alithea Capital, a $100 million gender lens private equity fund. Andreata Muforo is a Partner at TLcom Capital, an early-stage venture capital fund with a 60% female partnership. 00:00 - Investing in women is an economic imperative02:12 - Introducing Tokunboh04:04 - An Alitheia-led thesis05:36 - What does gender-lens investing look like in practice?11:49 - What about the financial returns? 13:35 - Impact targets17:24 - Are there enough women founders in the pipeline? 19:54 - Women are over-mentored and under-funded23:48 - Is a female investor backing a female founder a negative signal?26:53 - What does success look like? 29:47 - Introducing Andreata31:15 - Why is a traditional VC fund like TLcom trying so hard to invest in more female founders?33:03 - How VCs make investment decisions36:18 - Only 25% of the pipeline has a female co-founder40:44 - Is there a fundamental mismatch with VC and gender-lens investing?42:31 - What does success look like? Part two46:47 - A retrospective conversation with Eloho & JustinIn Episode 1 of this series, we spoke to the founders: Bamboo's Yanmo Omorogbe & Uncover's Sneha Mehta: https://theflip.africa/podcast/why-is-only-2-of-funding-going-to-female-foundersIn Episode 2 of this series, we spoke to angel investor Yemi Keri, Co-founder of Rising Tide Africa: https://theflip.africa/podcast/this-angel-investor-is-closing-the-gender-funding-gap This series is created under the ScaleX project: Co-designing Solutions to close the early stage gender-financing gap in Africa, an initiative of Make-IT in Africa.Make-IT in Africa promotes entrepreneurship and innovation ecosystems across Africa for green and inclusive development. Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH implements this project on behalf of the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ). Our Links -🔔 Youtube - https://youtube.com/@theflipafrica  💻 Website - https://theflip.africa🐦 Twitter - https://twitter.com/theflipafrica👥 LinkedIn - https://www.linkedin.com/company/theflipafrica📸 Instagram - https://instagram.com/theflipafrica
Despite research showing that female founders outperform their male peers, startups with a solo female founder or an all-female founding team raised a mere 2% of all the funding in Africa last year. There is a huge gender funding gap. How do we close it?This episode is the second of a five-episode series on gender lens investing, co-hosted by Eloho Omame, Founding Partner of First Check Africa, an early-stage fund backing female-led startups. Each episode of this series will explore a different level of the fundraising value chain. In this episode, we're exploring Angel Networks with Yemi Keri, co-founder of Rising Tide Africa, a women-oriented angel network in Nigeria.00:00 - Intro01:42 - Rising Tide Africa05:06 - Mentoring, Investment, Networking, Education07:25 - Growing the pool of female angels12:15 - Where are the interventions needed to close the gender funding gap?14:13 - Yemi's investment approach18:07 - What does success look like?22:04 - Exits?26:40 - A retrospective conversation with Eloho & JustinEpisode 1 of this series featured Bamboo's Yanmo Omorogbe & Uncover's Sneha Mehta: https://theflip.africa/podcast/why-is-only-2-of-funding-going-to-female-foundersThis series is created under the ScaleX project: Co-designing Solutions to close the early stage gender-financing gap in Africa, an initiative of Make-IT in Africa.Make-IT in Africa promotes entrepreneurship and innovation ecosystems across Africa for green and inclusive development. Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH implements this project on behalf of the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ). Our Links -🔔 Youtube - https://youtube.com/@theflipafrica   💻 Website - https://theflip.africa🐦 Twitter -  https://twitter.com/theflipafrica👥 LinkedIn - https://www.linkedin.com/company/theflipafrica📸 Instagram - https://instagram.com/theflipafrica
Despite research showing that female founders outperform their male peers, startups with a solo female founder or an all-female founding team raised a mere 2% of all the funding in Africa last year. There is a huge gender funding gap. How do we close it?This episode is the first of a five-episode series on gender lens investing, co-hosted by Eloho Omame, Founding Partner of First Check Africa, an early-stage fund backing female-led startups. Each episode of this series will explore a different level of the fundraising value chain. In this episode, we're joined by the founders: Yanmo Omarogbe, the Co-founder and COO of the Nigerian investment platform Bamboo, and Sneha Mehta, the Co-founder and CEO of Uncover, a direct-to-consumer skincare brand in Kenya.00:00 - Intro02:00 - Yanmo & Sneha's fundraising experiences13:19 - If tech companies raise more money, should more women start tech companies?19:55 - What does "the ecosystem" need to be doing more of to help female founders?25:26 - The added burdens for female founders32:18 - What does success look like?38:15 - Is money raised the right metric?41:36 - The 2% Ceiling47:30 - A retrospective conversation with Eloho & JustinThis series is created under the ScaleX project: Co-designing Solutions to close the early stage gender-financing gap in Africa, an initiative of Make-IT in Africa.Make-IT in Africa promotes entrepreneurship and innovation ecosystems across Africa for green and inclusive development. Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH implements this project on behalf of the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ). Our Links -🔔 Youtube - https://youtube.com/@theflipafrica   💻 Website - https://theflip.africa🐦 Twitter -  https://twitter.com/theflipafrica👥 LinkedIn - https://www.linkedin.com/company/theflipafrica📸 Instagram - https://instagram.com/theflipafrica
Today's guest is Aigboje Aig-Imoukhuede, Chairman of Coronation Capital and former Group MD and CEO of Access Bank. Aigboje is one of the most successful and esteemed businesspeople on the continent. In 2002, he led the acquisition of Access Bank, which under his 11-year leadership grew into the largest bank in Nigeria and one of the largest in Africa.This wide-ranging discussion with the Chairman took place during the 2023 UN General Assembly in New York at an event hosted by the early-stage VC fund Microtraction, in which we were joined in conversation with Microtraction's Founding Partner, Kwamena Afful.00:00 - Intro02:59 - Banks as vehicles for economic empowerment06:28 - Africa's credit gap13:08 - Aigboje's view on transition16:50 - The infrastructure for Africa's comparative advantages19:22 - Africa's risk premium25:12 - "Africa will solve its problems when it starts producing in Africa"29:54 - Building digital economies32:09 - One African currency?38:21 - Engendering Africa's potentialOur Links -🔔 Youtube - https://youtube.com/@theflipafrica   💻 Website - https://theflip.africa🐦 Twitter -  https://twitter.com/theflipafrica👥 LinkedIn - https://www.linkedin.com/company/theflipafrica📸 Instagram - https://instagram.com/theflipafrica
Today's guests are Natalie Kolbe, Ngetha Waithaka and Lexi Novitske - Partners of the $205 million growth fund Norrsken22. In this episode, we'll talk about investment strategy, valuations, perspectives for the ecosystem, exits, and much more. 00:00 - Intro00:48 - Norrsken22's $205m fundraise09:36 - Investment strategy & process12:43 - Investing in asset-light marketplaces14:37 - Expansion18:04 - Investment theses27:26 - Macro perspectives30:22 - What are the partners focused on and thinking about?35:23 - Exits40:49 - What does success look like?Our Links -🔔 Youtube - https://youtube.com/@theflipafrica   💻 Website - https://theflip.africa🐦 Twitter -  https://twitter.com/theflipafrica👥 LinkedIn - https://www.linkedin.com/company/theflipafrica📸 Instagram - https://instagram.com/theflipafrica
Today's guest is Perseus Mlambo, Co-founder and CEO of Union54, the developers of the social commerce app ChitChat. The company started as Zazu, an agtech startup, which pivoted to Zazu the neobank. After issuing virtual cards for their users and seeing the demand other fintechs had for virtual cards, they pivoted to Union54 the card issuing API, which after massive traction in the fintech ecosystem and subsequent issues with fraud, has pivoted once more to ChitChat.With many pivots come many lessons, and in this episode, Perseus shares his lessons and much more. 00:00 - Intro03:01 - Perseus' Pivots05:14 - Union54 and chargeback fraud09:37 - Are Union54's problems solvable?12:30 - Stakeholder management19:03 - Alternative options for the company22:27 - Perseus' conviction in the team & the opportunity27:00 - Union54's newest product, ChitChat30:18 - ChitChat's unique cap table structure34:37 - What's the vibe in the ecosystem?38:05 - The vision for the companyEpisode Links -Perseus' interview with TechCrunchFollow Perseus on TwitterOur Links -🔔 Youtube - https://youtube.com/@theflipafrica   💻 Website - https://theflip.africa🐦 Twitter -  https://twitter.com/theflipafrica👥 LinkedIn - https://www.linkedin.com/company/theflipafrica📸 Instagram - https://instagram.com/theflipafrica
Today's guest is Adia Sowho, one of the most experienced and thoughtful operators in the African tech ecosystem. After starting her career in consulting and telecommunications, Adia led growth at the digital credit startup Migo, before leading the turnaround as Interim CEO of the embattled agriculture finance company Thrive Agric. In this episode, we'll learn from Adia about her lessons working across both big and small companies, about the importance of sharing those lessons learned, and so much more.  00:00 - Intro03:41 - Sharing is a must07:19 - Lessons from the Thrive Agric turnaround09:54 - Why join MTN?17:47 - Where are the Sheryl Sandbergs?20:32 - Lessons from every stage of company31:24 - Nigeria is a hard operating environment34:37 - More money, more problems?35:34 - Wisdom for startups37:53 - Sharing is a must, part 246:19 - Adia has a SubstackReferences -The Anatomy of a Turnaround - https://theflip.africa/newsletter/the-anatomy-of-a-turnaroundAdia's Substack - https://adia.substack.com/Follow Adia - https://twitter.com/adiaspeaksFull episode transcript - https://theflip.africa/podcast/mtn-nigeria-s-adia-sowho-sharing-is-a-mustOur Links -🔔 Youtube - https://youtube.com/@theflipafrica   💻 Website - https://theflip.africa🐦 Twitter -  https://twitter.com/theflipafrica👥 LinkedIn - https://www.linkedin.com/company/theflipafrica📸 Instagram - https://instagram.com/theflipafrica
Today's guest is Ham Serunjogi, the Co-founder and CEO of Chipper Cash.In 2021, Chipper raised $150 million Series C extension, valuing the startup at $2 billion, but has since cut its valuation, reportedly by 70 percent, has engaged in three rounds of layoffs, reducing its headcount by nearly 175 from its peak of 450, and has drastically pulled back from its aggressive growth and expansion strategies across the continent.This conversation with Ham comes at an interesting time for Chipper and in the market, in general. Tough macro conditions on the continent, a slowdown of funding, tech layoffs. And at the same time, a lot of new and significant product launches for the company.  00:00 - Intro03:05 - Long-term perspectives & time horizons06:13 - Challenges operating across Africa08:20 - Reflecting on Chipper's growth strategies11:25 - Chipper ID15:40 - Full-stack vs. focus19:40 - Zoona acquisition & agent networks26:04 - What lessons has Ham learned?30:15 - Layoffs31:45 - Capital allocation going forward34:24 - Zepz acquisition?37:07 - More lessons43:39 - What does the future look like for Chipper?🔗 Our Links🔔 Youtube -  https://youtube.com/@theflipafrica💻 Website - https://theflip.africa🐦 Twitter - https://twitter.com/theflipafrica👥 LinkedIn - https://www.linkedin.com/company/theflipafrica📸 Instagram - https://instagram.com/theflipafrica
Today's guest is Dare Okoudjou, the Founder and CEO of MFS Africa, which this week has rebranded to Onafriq. The new name represents a new chapter in the company, which is a very different looking company than when we first had Dare on the show back in 2020, after their acquisition of Beyonic. Since then, they've also acquired the card issuer, GTP in the US, and the agent network Baxi in Nigeria. This current period of the African tech ecosystem is one of increased consolidation and company shutdowns amidst a fundraising downturn. And in this environment, there's perhaps no better and more experienced founder on the continent to learn from than Dare. 00:00 - Intro01:48 - What's in a name?04:26 - Cross-border payments13:51 - Banks vs. Fintechs15:24 - Onafriq's role in the payment value chain20:27 - The people aspect of acquisitions24:08 - On fintech consolidation29:55 - Dare's take on the state of the market35:03 - On fundraising37:56 - The next 5 years for Onafriq39:19 - Exits?🔗 Our Links🔔 Youtube -  https://youtube.com/@theflipafrica💻 Website - https://theflip.africa🐦 Twitter - https://twitter.com/theflipafrica👥 LinkedIn - https://www.linkedin.com/company/theflipafrica📸 Instagram - https://instagram.com/theflipafrica
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Ifedayo Ajibola

This is well researched. Nice 👌🏽

May 8th
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Ifedayo Ajibola

This was really insightful and well-researched!!! Nice Job Justin and Sayo! 👌🏽

Jan 30th
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