11 Jul

The founder of Alibaba, Jack Ma, is scheduled to arrive in Kenya on the 20th July. Over the few years, the country has been graced with the big fish of the world. We were host to the former president of the United States, Mr. Barack Obama. Like goods conveying through a belt in a factory, Zuckerberg (founder of Facebook), a few months ago, followed suit. Kenya is indeed a hub of innovation in its own right, the buzz created within the country on entrepreneurship and innovation is remarkable. Yet, as most things in the world, we tend to judge books by their covers.

We live in a competitive country, whether this is a good or bad thing is left to personal opinion. Unfortunately, this constant rejuvenating vigor of ours tends to push us into a survival limbo. Our economy has obligated us into having more than one source of income. We tend to be workaholics, those that work hard and party hard (over the weekends). Most, are defined by their 8 to 5 jobs but their true self illuminates after when they seek to make ends meet through their side business. This is the entrepreneurship juggle. For most techies, they are held in high esteem by their colleagues on how brilliant their lives seem to be. Beyond the assumptions, lies the bare truth that most techies let their ideas wither due to the uncertainty and the risks involved in running their own businesses in the country.

What is it that takes one to battle all odds? How easy is it to run a tech business in Kenya? Over the next few weeks, we seek to find out the answers. Feel free to share your opinion.