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PesaTalk To Close Shop | This Is What You Will Miss


PesaTalk, a Kenyan web news startup founded in March 2012 might close shop the end of this month if no investor is found to inject in the much-needed cash. (This is too sad.)

Over 25K Readers Monthly

Now over 25,000 readers monthly from around the world and nearly 3K followers on Twitter PesaTalk has been a reliable source of financial news and insights setting itself ready for a final takeover as print newspapers walk towards their end exemplified by the shutting of Newsweek’s print magazine for an all digital version.

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 8 Investors Needed, Each Just $5K,
The founders of the startup now say its time to invite others to build together from as little as US $5000 to  US$40,000, anyone can own an equity stake in PesaTalk and sustain its  growth.  Eight investors can also pull together US $5,000 each to make the needed $40,000 for equal shareholding percentages in the startup then agree on exact equity percentage with the founders.

The founders are not doing it for fun.

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Simplifying Financial Terms, Insights & News

Talking to one of the startup’s team member earlier, he had said,”We all struggle with bills, inflation, interest rates, mortgages, indices, investment and other financial terms that PesaTalk solves. Simplifying this terms is what we are known for.”

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But the last quarter of 2012 wasn’t  good for this financial news startup many have come to love. PesaTalk lost its CEO, Joel Macharia, but someone had to be found to row the boat on.

That was OK, business is business, however when we got news late December that the startup was closing down we couldn’t help but believe with the founders that somehow someway someone will inject cash to turn it around just as happened with Hivisasa.com.
Here are the letters to confirm.

“Dear xxxx,

I believe you’ve already been told by Michael that Pesatalk no longer has the funds left to carry on its operations and that this means that 88mph (Rainlex) wont be able to keep you on after January.
I’m really sorry about the situation and I hope that either things will turn around for Pesatalk or if not, then you will be able to find something else very soon.
Please find attached you letter which explains that you have one month’s notice. We require you to work your notice and you will receive your last pay at the end of next month. “
All the best,
Here is another one;

“We regret to inform you that we will be terminating your employment with Rainlex Investment Ltd. As Pesatalk no longer has the funds to cover the running costs of its operations, the difficult decision hasbeen made to release all of the employees working on PesaTalk. Unfortunately this means we will nolonger be requiring your services.As per the terms of your employment, you will be given a notice period of one (1) month, as from the21st December 2012.We would like to thank you for contribution to Rainlex Investment Ltd and PesaTalk, and we wish you allthe best with your future endeavors.”

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Sam Wakoba
Sam Wakobahttp://techmoran.com
Taking you on tour through Africa's tech and business ecosystem, one story at a time since 2010! Based out of Nairobi, Kenya, Sam is the founder and managing director of Moran Media, which runs  TechMoran.com, various other digital platforms and a startup incubation hub for Kenya's youthful entrepreneurs. Drop me a mail at [email protected]

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