Inside Kenya’s Online Brothels

It’s a few past one in the morning. A man leaves a bar in Nairobi’s CBD to his car, parked safely a yard away....

Trine is raising $3.7m to connect investors to profitable solar energy projects in Africa

TRINE, a crowdfunding investment platform which helps investors locate and fund profitable solar energy projects in developing countries is raising 3,500,000 EUROS ($3.7m) to...

Kenya’s Pesa Zetu entangled in a bitter feud with former employees over unpaid wages

Kenya’s Pesa Zetu, a peer-to-peer lending startup is reportedly entangled in a bitter feud with former employees over unpaid wages and expenses they incurred...

Don’t Cry for Ghafla!

A family is having a conversation after dinner. On national TV a respected business reporter is interviewing an octopus-like business woman. Confused, Tim, a...

The Worrying State of Kenya’s Startup Ecosystem

Flash backwards. The year is 2007. Kenya is the premier country, globally to successfully pilot and launch mobile money transfers via (Vodacom) Safaricom’s M-PESA....

What killed Nigeria’s dating site Linda & What you can learn from its untimely...

Launched by ex-Carmudi Nigeria employees, Linda.com.ng, was a dating site which expected to make it easy for singles in Nigeria to find and date...

The Rise & Rise of Kenya’s Kopo Kopo

When M-Pesa launched in 2007, many Kenyans didn’t give a fuss about it, it was just a convenient money transfer service, more convenient than the services...

This is What is Wrong With Kenya’s Startup Ecosystem

The once vibrant Silicon Savannah is broken and the hens are not hatching anymore. The eggs in the incubators are heat-boiled and can't hatch...

Irokotv Reportedly Laying Off Top Executives, Hundreds Others Axed

Hundreds of jobs are being axed at Nollywood content providers, iROKO Partners quietly as the firm aims to move into profitability, cut down its...

MIH Africa CEO Leaves | Naspers to Shut Down African Operations

Naspers/MIH Africa is reportedly planning to close down its African classifieds operations to allow the giant media group to focus on e-tail sites and...

CEO Weekends: Are incubators really necessary for entrepreneurs?

By Yann LE BEUX – Catalyst CTIC Dakar It is not easy for most people to understand the daily job of supporting tech entrepreneurs in...

Nation Media Group’s Nation Hela calls it a day after a miserable three-year run

Nation Media Group’s debit card, National Hela, has been abandoned after operating for nearly four years in space-without customers and merchants who cared about...

Angani co-founders claim to have been defrauded of over $50,000 by investors

The Angani saga still continues. However, this episode is disturbing. The Angani co-founders claim to have been defrauded of over $50,000 in cash and...

Ringier Africa & One Africa Media Raise Cash | Merge to Take on Naspers...

 This mid-morning Ringier Africa and One Africa Media (OAM) announced they have agreed to merge their pan-African Classifieds assets to create and grow Africa’s...

Why Kenya’s bribery reporting site IPaid a Bribe died just like that

Founded and operated by Wamani Trust, Kenya's ipaidabribe.or.ke was a bribery monitoring and reporting platform allowing people in Kenya from all walks of life...

Struggling Rocket Internet’s Jumia Market Calls it a Day in Nigeria, Kenya & across...

UPDATED: Rocket Internet's online marketplace Jumia Market has called it a day and is no longer accepting new inventory in both Nigeria, Kenya and...

Accommodation booking site SleepOut goes to sleep and it might be for good

Launched in Kenya in May 2012, SleepOut.com was an accommodation booking site focused on Africa before Airbnb became known and commonplace on the continent. The...

Looking at the Untimely Death of BookNow, Kenya’s Uber for Buses

BookNow, a bus booking platform was founded in September of 2013 and headquartered in Nairobi - Kenya, and was the first and only bus...

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...

In loving memory of Cladlight, a Kenyan motorcycle smart jacket startup

Founded by Joseph Muchene, a Certified Public Accountant – Kenya, and Charles Muchene, an Electrical and Electronics Engineer,  Cladlight wanted to develop a smart...

Fashion startup Closet49 succumbs after a long-fought battle with cheap new imports

Closet49 was one time Kenya’s only online marketplace for trendy, fashionable, unique and eclectic items but seems to have succumbed to cheap new imports...

Why Kenya’s Cashless Matatu Payment Card My1963 Failed-Part 1

Fibre Space Ltd, the firm behind cash light fare system ‘MY1963’ which had vowed to bring sanity in Kenya’s Matatu’s industry by use of...

How Kenyan social network Sembuse died before you even signed up

Long in the days of GPRS (2G and 3G) feature phones, ambitious Mbugua Njihia launched Sembuse.com, a Java-based messaging and content platform long before...

Remembering SafariDesk, Kenya’s Travel Marketplace

Founded in December 2012 and launched in May 2013, SafariDesk was a travel marketplace and vacation booking platform connecting travelers to offers, discounts, and...

Jumia is simplifying its platform for vendors to hold-up Safaricom’s Masoko

No one likes competition due to the advantages and benefits that come with being in control of a particular area. It’s only natural –...

New ‘Uber for trucks’ startup launches in Kenya to take on Sendy, Lori, Senga...

A new 'Uber for trucks' startup has launched in Kenya to take on Sendy, Lori Systems, Senga, and Bwalae in...

Inside the surrender & death of Kenya’s peer-to-peer learning platform Shakili.com

Despite having Dr. Bitange Ndemo, former PS; Ministry of Information & Communications as an advisor and mentor, Shakili.com,  a peer-to-peer learning platform that aimed...

Beyond Capital Fund Makes Second Investment in Kenyan Agritech startup

Beyond Capital Fund, an impact investment fund that invests in for-profit social enterprises throughout India and East Africa has made its second investment into...

This startup has raised $1m to bring the best talent to your company

Recruitment is going digital globally and firms that are not ready will be left behind as technology is becoming part and parcel...

With KochoKocho, Safaricom is borrowing heavily from sports betting & gambling

I have only been back home in Kenya for only ten days and I am already filled with a deluge of text...