Author: Sam Yohannes

startups

African bitcoin startups to follow in 2016 1 Comment

Back in September, I visited Tanzania and spent some time with the bitcoin community in that country: enthusiasts, startups and merchants. Having spent a considerable amount of time in this Eastern African country, I was awed by the potential of this market and the African continent in general. It is a big market. This is interesting because of all the growth we have seen in Africa in the last...


middle class

The African Middle Class-Hype or Opportunity? No Comments

One of the most common words used in the last few years is ‘Africa’s rising middleclass’. But what is the actual size of the continents middle class? Pundits argue that some major international corporations have already paid a heavy price for overestimating the actual size of Africa’s middle class. In the second half of 2015, a leading retail agency in the world announced that it is...


ticker

What it takes for an Inclusive African Stock/Commodities Exchanges No Comments

Stock and commodities exchanges on the African continent are often small or volatile. In the past few years, agricultural commodities exchanges that were set up in countries such as Zambia, Nigeria, Uganda, Kenya and Zimbabwe have needed financial revamping and repositioning whiles others have gone bust. Stock exchanges in the meanwhile on the African continent are trading at rather low volumes....


money

Bitcoin Springboards Dreams- A Great Means to an End No Comments

Bitcoin and blockchain technology has proven to be a great liberator which can democratize and simplify the way we handle business and money transactions all over the world. Especially for the continent of Africa, it is a key piece of currency/technology that we must continue to harness and propagate for the benefits of intra-African trade and a more unified market across the continent. By exp...


crowd

The Bitcoin Phase of African Crowdfunding No Comments

  One of the words that has been making a buzz in the technology, business and alternate finance space is crowdfunding. Crowdfunding basically has to do with the concept where people who have ideas for products and services pitch to a wide range of people often on the internet. Those who believe in the idea or service go ahead a pledge funds to support the product. A typical crowdfunding round...


pope

Pope’s Visit and the Opportunities It Presents for Africa’s Techpreneurs No Comments

Pope Francis is making his maiden visit in Africa. During his tour, he is expected to visit Kenya, Uganda and the Central African Republic. The aim of the papal visit is to strengthen the brethren, meet political and religious leaders and preach reconciliation within the various communities he will be visiting. His proactive approach when it comes to handling global issues endears him to ma...


botswana

Bitcoin Voices From Botswana No Comments

Many people may know Botswana as a state or province that is part of South Africa, for many years now there have been misconceptions towards this particular landlocked southern African country, that has a population of over 2.5million people. Botswana is popularly known for its largest diamond mine by the name Jwaneng Mine which is the largest contributor to Botswana's GDP, We are also known t...


growth

Will Bitcoin Popularity Spawn New Investments In Africa? No Comments

The word ‘investments’ and several shades of the word such as invest, returns, holdings, share etc are thrown about in the business community and for good reasons. Investment is an important ritual for the growth of any organisation or institution. Profit-making business, Non-Governmental Organisations (NGOs), countries and even individuals need to invest in themselves to grow and flourish...


paradigum

Creating Wealth and Growth- A Bitcoin Paradigm No Comments

  There is a difference between being rich and being wealthy, and when given an option to choose between riches and wealth, I hope everybody chooses the latter rather than the former. This is because being wealthy has an all-encompassing trait of not only having liquid and capital assets but also consists of having great economic and social value to your society and your country as a whole. Wh...


BITCOIN NEWS

Before The Advent of Bitcoin, There Were Crimes No Comments

Years before the bitcoin idea was conceived by Satoshi, certain social vices and financial crimes were happening all over the world, crimes such as money laundering, drug trading, arms trafficking, the use of counterfeit money were all in existence. None of these social vices came about as a result of the advent of bitcoin. Such crimes have existed for decades if not centuries. Therefore as s...


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