Afrobility: Africa Tech & Business

Afrobility: Africa Tech & Business

Olumide Ogunsanwo & Bankole Makanju

Stories and analyses of African technology companies & sectors.

September 05, 2021
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02:02:10223.71 MB

#37: mPharma - How the HealthTech supply chain platform is providing services to pharmacies & patients across Africa

Overview: Today, we’re going to talk about mPharma - the Ghanaian prescription drug inventory management company. We’ll explore the mPharma story across 6 areas: African Health care status & context mPharma founding and early history Fundraising & Growth Product & monetization strategy ...

August 22, 2021
36
01:40:17229.54 MB

#36: Helium Health - How the HealthTech infrastructure platform is supplying services to health care providers across Africa

Overview: Today, we’re going to talk about Helium Health - the Nigerian HealthTech infrastructure company. We’ll explore the Helium Health story across 6 areas: African Health care status & context Helium Health founding and early history Fundraising & Growth Product & monetization stra...

August 15, 2021
35
01:30:37207.41 MB

#35: MultiChoice - How the South African Pay TV pioneer became the largest entertainment provider across Africa

Overview: Today, we’re going to talk about MultiChoice - The African video entertainment provider. We’ll explore the MultiChoice story across 5 areas: South African video entertainment market context MultiChoice's launch & growth over time MultiChoice's product & monetization strategy Compe...

July 25, 2021
34
02:41:49222.24 MB

#34: Kuda Bank - How Nigeria’s most popular Neobank is scaling to offer financial services to “every African on the planet”

Overview: Today, we’re going to discuss Kuda Bank - the African neobank. We’ll explore the Kuda story across 6 areas: Neobanks in other emerging markets (Brazil & NuBank) African & Nigerian banking context Kuda's launch, early history, growth over time & fundraising Kuda's product ...

July 11, 2021
33
02:14:54185.27 MB

#33: Chipper Cash - How the FinTech platform started from African remittances to become the fastest unicorn in Africa Tech history

Overview: Today, we’re going to talk about Chipper Cash - African Fintech payments & remittances player. We’ll explore the Chipper story across 6 areas: Intra-Africa remittances context Global remittances (outside Africa to Africa) context Chipper Cash’s launch, early history, growth & fund...

June 28, 2021
32
01:49:14200.02 MB

#32: African FinTech lending - How consumer loan platforms are providing credit across Africa

Overview: Today we’re going to talk about consumer lending in Africa. We start by discussing lending in other emerging markets, discuss Africa’s credit landscape, analyze lending tech companies across Africa & end with our overall outlook. This episode was recorded on June 27, 2021. Companies di...

June 14, 2021
31
01:22:30188.84 MB

#31: African Sports betting & gambling tech - The rise & expansion of betting services across Africa

Overview: Today we’re going to talk about Sports betting & gambling tech in Africa. We share some context about betting in developed and emerging markets, analyze betting tech companies across Africa & end with our overall outlook. This episode was recorded on Jun 13, 2021. Companies discus...

May 31, 2021x
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01:15:11172.11 MB

#30: Paga - How one of Nigeria’s earliest FinTech companies is providing financial services across emerging markets

Overview: Today, we’re going to talk about Paga, the fintech payments company. We'll discuss its founding, early history, growth, impact & end with our overall outlook. This episode was recorded on May 30, 2021. Companies discussed: Paga, Safaricom (M-Pesa), bKash, GTBank, First Bank, Chipper C...

May 16, 2021
29
01:55:13210.98 MB

#29: bKash - How the FinTech payments platform became Bangladesh’s largest tech company

Overview: Today we’re going to talk about bKash - The largest Fintech player in Bangladesh. We start with some background on Bangladesh, discuss bKash’s founding, growth & impact on Bangladesh's economy. We also discuss what other emerging markets can learn from the bKash story & end with ou...

May 03, 2021
28
01:15:53173.71 MB

#28: Sendwave - How the mobile remittances service scaled from Y Combinator to a $500M WorldRemit exit

Overview: Today, we're going to talk about Sendwave - the mobile remittances service that was acquired by WorldRemit in 2020-Aug. We start with the context of African remittances, discuss Sendwave's early history, growth, acquisition by WorldRemit & end with our overall outlook. This episode was...

April 19, 2021
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01:20:50185.03 MB

#27: Takealot - How the South African online retailer became one of the largest e-commerce platforms in Africa

Overview: Today, we’re going to talk about Takealot - the largest ecommerce platform in South Africa & one of the largest across Africa. We'll start by giving some context of e-commerce in South Africa, discuss Takealot's early history, Naspers' 2018 acquisition of Takealot, analyze Takealot bus...

April 05, 2021
26
01:20:36184.52 MB

#26: African AgriTech - Early opportunities for technology to scale Agriculture across Africa

Overview: Today, we discuss the opportunity for Agriculture technology to make a difference in Africa. We'll start with some context of African Agriculture, discuss AgriTech in developed and emerging markets, analyze Agritech players across Africa & end with our overall outlook. This episode was...

March 22, 2021
25
01:30:00206.01 MB

#25: Crypto trading exchanges (African WealthTech Pt 3) - How cryptocurrency platforms are providing decentralized financial services across Africa

Overview: Today we’re going to discuss cryptocurrency trading in Africa. We start with the global context of cryptocurrency, review crypto trading exchanges in Africa & end with our overall outlook. This episode was recorded on Mar 21, 2021. Companies discussed: Coinbase, BitPesa, Xend, BuyCoin...

March 08, 2021
24
01:34:18215.84 MB

#24: Neobanks (African WealthTech Pt 2) - How TymeBank, Kuda & other digital banks are delivering banking services across Africa

Overview: Today we’re going to discuss the rise of Neobanks in Africa. We’ll start with reviewing Neobanks in other emerging markets, discuss the landscape of neobanks across different African regions & end with our general thoughts and outlook. This episode was recorded on Mar 7, 2021. Compani...

February 22, 2021
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01:39:10227 MB

#23: Stock trading services (African WealthTech Pt 1) - How retail investment platforms are racing to build the African Robinhood and Zerodha

Overview: Today we’re going to talk about WealthTech & the rise of retail investing platforms in Africa. We’ll start with some context of stock market trading, review investment platforms in India & China & then dive into Africa's personal investing landscape. This episode was recorded o...

February 08, 2021
22
01:29:04203.88 MB

#22: African Corporate VCs & Softbank - Why African corporates are not investing in tech startups

Overview: Today we’re going to talk about African Corporate Venture Capital (CVC) using Softbank as a reference point. We'll talk about Softbank's early history, transition from operational to investment company, and finally dive into the current state and future potential of CVC in Africa. This epi...

January 25, 2021
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01:43:24236.67 MB

#21: uLesson - How the EdTech platform is bridging the educational gap across Nigeria & Anglophone Africa

Overview: Today, we’re going to talk about uLesson - the African EdTech platform. We'll start with some context about education in Africa & Nigeria, talk about uLesson's early history, fundraising, product strategy & end with our views on its future outlook. This episode was recorded on Jan ...

January 11, 2021
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01:22:47189.51 MB

#20: Paystack - How the FinTech payments platform went from Y Combinator to a $200M Stripe exit in 5 years

Overview: Today, we’re going to talk about Paystack - the African payments infrastructure company that was acquired by Stripe in 2020 October. We’ll give some context of the Nigerian payments sector before 2015, Paystack's founding, early history, acquisition by Stripe & end with our views on it...

December 28, 2020
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00:52:32120.26 MB

#19: Africa Tech - 2021 & Beyond

Overview: Today, we’re going to discuss the future of the African tech ecosystem. We’ll discuss our hopes for African entrepreneurs, startups, investors & tech businesses in 2021 and end with a quick discussion of future podcast plans. This episode was recorded on December 27th, 2020. Companies...

December 13, 2020
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01:20:49184.99 MB

#18: Flutterwave - From Y Combinator to becoming one of Africa’s largest FinTech platforms

Overview: Today, we’re going to talk about Flutterwave - the African payments infrastructure company - we’ll give some context of the Nigerian payments sector before 2014, Flutterwave's founding, early history, growth over time & end with our views on its future outlook. This episode was recorde...

November 30, 2020
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01:16:03174.1 MB

#17: Interswitch - How the pioneering Nigerian FinTech & payments platform became one of the most valuable private companies in Africa

Overview: Today, we’re going to talk about Interswitch, the African fintech payments company. We'll discuss its founding, early history, growth, place in the broader African fintech ecosystem & end with our views on its future outlook. This episode was recorded on Nov 29, 2020. Companies discus...

November 16, 2020
16
01:15:32172.89 MB

#16: IROKO TV - How the Nollywood video platform is overcoming challenges to deliver African entertainment around the world

Overview: Today, we’re going to talk about IROKO TV, the Nollywood video platform, we'll give some background on the Nigerian cinema industry, talk about IROKO's founding, early history, different businesses over time and our views on its future outlook. This episode was recorded on Nov 15, 2020. C...

November 02, 2020
15
01:12:15165.37 MB

#15: Orange - How the former French monopoly telco entered & expanded in Francophone Africa

Overview: Today we’re going to talk about Orange - The 2nd largest telco in Africa, we’ll discuss its French founding, global expansion, success in Africa, non-telco businesses & end with our views on its future outlook. This episode was recorded on Nov 1, 2020. Companies discussed: Orange S.A....

October 18, 2020
14
01:23:46191.74 MB

#14: African HealthTech - Emerging opportunities for technology to provide better, faster & cheaper health care across Africa

Overview: Today, we’re going to talk about the opportunity for technology to make a difference in African healthcare. We'll start with the context of health in Africa, deepdive into health verticals and African companies, investigate Health Tech in other developing countries & how technology can...

October 05, 2020
13
01:18:26179.54 MB

#13: Airtel - How the world's second largest telco expanded from India to Africa

Overview: Today we’re going to talk about Airtel - The third largest telco in Africa (& second largest telco in the world), we’ll discuss its founding, early history, success in India, expansion into Africa, non-telco businesses & end with our views on its future outlook. This episode was re...

September 21, 2020
12
01:07:40154.91 MB

#12: Innovation Hubs (CcHub, iHub & others) - How African incubators, accelerators & co-working spaces are nurturing entrepreneurship and building the tech ecosystem

Overview: Today, we discuss how African innovation hubs are nurturing entrepreneurship, the history of CCHub / iHub & end with our views on the future outlook of African innovation hubs Companies discussed: CcHub, iHub, Entrepreneur First, Y Combinator (YC), TechStars & Station F Business ...

September 07, 2020
11
01:25:29195.68 MB

#11: African EdTech & lessons from Byju's - The story of the world's most valuable EdTech company & the emerging opportunities for technology to scale education across Africa

Overview: Today, we’re going to talk about Byju's & Edtech in Africa. We'll start with some context about African education, discuss Byju's success in India as a reference point, major edtech African players & the future of the African edTech ecosystem   Companies discussed: Byju’s, Nas...

August 24, 2020
10
01:09:29159.06 MB

#10: MTN - How Africa's largest telco grew to dominate Africa and expand to other emerging markets

Overview: Today we’re going to talk about MTN - The largest telco in Africa, we’ll discuss its founding, early history, success in Africa, global expansion, diversification into non-telco businesses & future outlook Companies discussed: MTN Group (M-Cell, MTN Nigeria, MTN Irancell), Investcom, ...

August 10, 2020
9
00:59:49136.91 MB

#9: OPay (Opera Pay) - From Web Browser & Fintech to blitzscaling and building Africa's Super App

Overview: Today we’re going to talk about OPay - The African Payments startup, we’ll discuss its early history, initial focus on African payments, blitzscale attempt to become Africa’s Super App & OPay's future outlook. This episode was recorded on August 9, 2020 Companies discussed: Opera Gro...

July 26, 2020
8
00:58:43134.4 MB

#8: Reliance Jio - How India's largest company enabled a mobile revolution & how Africa can also have a "Jio Moment"

Overview: Today we’re going to talk about the potential for a Reliance Jio moment in Africa. We'll start with some context of the Reliance parent group, its telco subsidiary - Reliance Jio (& its digital services subsidiary Jio Platforms) & their impact on India. Then we'll end by discussing...

July 13, 2020
7
00:43:3199.64 MB

#7: Internet access & Technology censorship - Why and how African governments are increasing internet restrictions

Overview: Today we’re going to talk about technology & Internet censorship in Africa. We’ll discuss internet access across African countries, how censorship works, examples of censorship and end with our views on internet censorship across Africa. This episode was recorded on July 12, 2020 Comp...

June 29, 2020
6
00:45:17103.68 MB

#6: Safaricom - How Kenya’s largest telco drove M-Pesa to become the most successful mobile financial platform in Africa

Overview: Today we’re going to talk about Safaricom - The largest telecom carrier in Kenya. We’ll discuss its early history, M-Pesa launch, M-Pesa success, attempted M-Pesa global expansion & Safaricom's future outlook   Companies discussed: Safaricom, Vodacom, Vodafone, Telkom, MTN & M...

June 15, 2020
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00:58:19133.49 MB

#5: Naspers - How Africa’s largest company went from newspaper publishing to Tencent and Prosus

Overview: In this episode, we talk about Naspers - The South African conglomerate, investment group & most valuable company in Africa. We’ll discuss its early history, transition from newspaper publisher to tech investment firm, Tencent investment, broader investment portfolio & Naspers' fut...

June 01, 2020
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00:52:49120.93 MB

#4: African Mobility Tech (Uber, Taxify & others) - How ridesharing is changing transportation across Africa

Overview: In this episode, we discuss ridesharing in Sub-Saharan Africa. We discuss transportation in major African cities, the entry, impact & business models of ridesharing platforms & end with our views on the future outlook of ridesharing platforms Companies discussed: Uber, Bolt / Taxi...

May 18, 2020
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00:49:14112.72 MB

#3: Transsion (Tecno, Infinix & Itel) - From Shenzhen China to dethroning Samsung & Huawei to become Africa's top phone seller

Overview: Today we’re going to talk about Transsion - The Chinese phone manufacturer that has sold the most phones in Africa since 2017. We’ll discuss its early history, entry & success into Africa, progress in other developing markets, eventual 2019 IPO & Transsion's future outlook   C...

May 03, 2020
2
00:47:53109.61 MB

#2: Jumia - From Rocket Internet to Unicorn IPO. What’s next for the ‘Amazon of Africa’?

Overview: Today we’re going to talk about Jumia - The largest ecommerce player in Africa. We’ll discuss its founding, seminal points in its history, eventual 2019 IPO & Jumia's future outlook. This episode was recorded on May 3, 2020. Companies discussed: Jumia, Africa Internet Holding (Africa...

April 20, 2020
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00:46:58107.52 MB

#1: African Fintech - 2018 to 2020 startup investments funding boom in Africa

Overview: This episode covers major recent fintech investments in Africa. We start with some context on why fintech is important, why the majority of Africans are unbanked, discuss the early history of mobile money & then discuss the largest fintech investments in 2018 and 2019 Companies discus...

April 19, 202000:03:137.51 MB

#0: Introduction to Afrobility - What to expect from the podcast

Overview: Today we’re going to give an introduction to the podcast, we’ll talk about our backgrounds, why we wanted to make this podcast together and what you can expect from Afrobility in the future We’d love to hear from you. If you have feedback, topics you’d like to hear, or just want to say he...