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Social Capital

Social Capital

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Self-Made Myth You have ever heard someone say that ‘I am a self-made person.’ It could be a self-made millionaire, self-made YouTuber with many followers, self-made programmer, or even self-made businessperson. The claim here is that the person is who they are due to their own effort, and did…

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A Tribute to my Editor: Tefo Mohapi

A Tribute to my Editor: Tefo Mohapi

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One thing that Engineering school teaches you is brevity. No need for stories when a simple equation is enough. Perhaps, this is why many tech people suck at explaining things that seem obvious to them but rocket science to everyone else. I know this from experience. With an engineering…

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The Race for Electric Boda Bodas in Kenya

The Race for Electric Boda Bodas in Kenya

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Twenty years ago, motorcycles were a preserve for the rich in Kenya. In rural areas, a few teachers owned them, and agricultural extension officers used to ride them as they went for farm visits. They were not common, and were never a public means of transport. This all changed…

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An SMS from a Politician is Coming your Way

An SMS from a Politician is Coming your Way

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It is that time of the election cycle when we start receiving unsolicited messages (SMS) from every politician. Brace for impact. Your favorite politician, your worst politician, your current politician and your aspiring politician have suddenly developed an interest in you. Not exactly you, but your vote. You are…

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Why We all Need Some Cybersecurity Skills

Why We all Need Some Cybersecurity Skills

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Security is always an important consideration in a world that offers many external threats. We build fences around our homes, install doors with locks, put grills on our windows, employ security personnel and even choose a residence based on perceived security. In the past, human beings would settle in…

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Learning from Development Failures

Learning from Development Failures

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Once in a while, technologies that are meant to change the world emerge, but turn out to be nothing but hot air. In fact, many end up making bad problems worse, or deviating much needed resources from the areas where they are most needed. This has happened severally in…

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Doing Business in an Election Year

Doing Business in an Election Year

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In about 7 months, Kenyan will head to polls for the General Elections, with a possibility of a repeat election that could drag on for another three months. This makes 2022 a politically volatile period. This might turn out to be a gloomy time for entrepreneurs in Kenya, as…

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Untethering from Social Media Slavery

Untethering from Social Media Slavery

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In his book Fool’s Talk, OS Guinness says that “everyone is now in the business of relentless self-promotion – presenting themselves, explaining themselves, defending themselves, selling themselves or sharing their inner thoughts and emotions as never before in human history.” This is majorly through Social Media. People are seeking…

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How Covid-19 Responses Speeded the Adoption of Digital Technologies

How Covid-19 Responses Speeded the Adoption of Digital Technologies

The Covid-19 Pandemic led to accelerated uptake of different digital technologies in a way that was unforeseen. Some estimates say that the world has taken a 10-year leap in terms of digital technology adoption. Today we have seamless cloud meetings, online learning, several health monitoring tools, booming e-commerce, automated…

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Challenges in Implementing Digital Technologies in Rural Kenya

Challenges in Implementing Digital Technologies in Rural Kenya

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If you ask people in Nairobi where they might like to live if they didn’t have to worry about a commute to work, the answer is nearly unanimous: the suburbs. The suburbs, they say, lie just close enough to the city’s amenities while avoiding its traffic, high costs and…

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