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How to stay in business as a startup company

Success stories often glitter with allure, but the tales of failure are equally abundant.Understanding why startups fail is crucial for anyone embarking on this challenging journey, and more importantly, how to steer clear of those pitfalls.

July 10th, 2024 | 3 min read | Olamide Bankole

Why African Founders Sometimes Crash and Burn

Lets explore the underlying reasons behind the occasional failures of African startups despite the continent's burgeoning entrepreneurial ecosystem.

July 3rd, 2024 | 4 min read | Olamide Bankole

Convertible Notes vs. Equity Investments: Pros and Cons

In the realm of startup financing, investors often face the decision between convertible notes and equity investments. Each option presents unique advantages and disadvantages, catering to different investor preferences, risk tolerances, and stages of a startup's lifecycle.

June 26th, 2024 | 4 min read | Olamide Bankole

The Two Decision Aids that Fundamental Investors Should Use…But Often Don’t

Discover the essential decision aids often overlooked by fundamental investors: scenario analysis and qualitative factors assessment.

June 19th, 2024 | 4 min read | Olamide Bankole

Pitch Deck Essentials for Startups Going for Funding

What exactly makes a pitch deck effective? In this article, we'll explore the essential elements every startup should include to create a compelling pitch deck that resonates with investors.

June 13th, 2024 | 4 min read | Olamide Bankole

Product-Driven vs Sales-Driven Products: Navigating the Startup Strategy

In the dynamic startup landscape, a key decision is whether to prioritize a product-driven approach or aggressive sales tactics. This choice significantly influences a startup's trajectory, culture, and success.

June 6th, 2024 | 5 min read | Olamide Bankole

Why do investors say you need a business co-founder?

Why exactly do investors emphasize the necessity of a co-founder in building a successful business? In this article, we delve into the compelling reasons behind this common assertion.

May 29th, 2024 | 4 min read | Olamide Bankole

Venture Debt 101: Basics and Approach

While equity financing remains the primary source of capital for many startups, venture debt offers an alternative financing option that can complement equity funding and provide additional flexibility.

May 16th, 2024 | 5 min read | Olamide Bankole

The Biggest Mistakes First-Time Founders Make

Embarking on the journey of entrepreneurship is an exhilarating experience filled with promise, passion, and potential. As a first-time founder, you're driven by a vision, eager to disrupt industries, and ready to bring your innovative ideas to life. However, amidst the excitement, it's crucial to recognize that the path to startup success is fraught with challenges and pitfalls.

May 7th, 2024 | 4 min read | Olamide Bankole

The $30 Billion Social Commerce Opportunity in Africa!

Social commerce is transforming the African economy and how entrepreneurs and small businesses can tap into this opportunity.

May 3rd, 2024 | 4 min read | Dapo Thomas

Turning Advocates into Acquisition Engines: Building a Powerful Referral Program for Your Startup

In the dynamic realm of startup growth, the battle for customer acquisition often feels like an uphill climb. Traditional marketing tactics may yield limited results, leaving startups grappling for innovative strategies to gain traction in crowded markets. However, amidst this challenge lies a potent yet often underutilized weapon: referral marketing.

May 2nd, 2024 | 3 min read | Olamide Bankole

The Investment Chase: How Figg is Transforming Private Market Access in Africa

How Figg is spearheading the transformation of Africa's private markets, tackling challenges and seizing opportunities to drive impactful investments

April 26th, 2024 | 5 min read | Dapo Thomas

Are We in a New Digital Health Funding Cycle?

The digital health sector is experiencing a transformative period, marked by innovative solutions, creative financing processes, and increased investor interest.

April 24th, 2024 | 2 min read | Olamide Bankole

Where Do You Source Your Failures From? The Complex Terrain of Venture Investing

In this article, we'll look into the complexities and pitfalls of venture investing and explore strategies for mitigating risks and maximizing returns.

April 18th, 2024 | 2 min read | Olamide Bankole

Why Founders Shouldn't Think Like Investors

In this blog post, we’ll explore why founders shouldn’t think like investors and how embracing their distinct role can lead to more authentic and sustainable success.

April 12th, 2024 | 2 min read | Olamide Bankole

Idea Validation and Testing: The First Step to Startup Success

Before entrepreneurs can embark on the journey of turning their visions into reality, they must navigate the intricate process of validating their ideas. This article explores the significance of idea validation as the foundational pillar of startup success, shedding light on its importance, methods, and real-world impact.

April 3rd, 2024 | 5 min read | Olamide Bankole

10 Things You Didn't Know About the EdTech Industry

The education technology (EdTech) industry is booming, but it's more than just online textbooks and virtual classrooms. Let's dive into some surprising facts and hidden gems of this dynamic field.

March 27th, 2024 | 1 min read | Olamide Bankole

Case Study: Tapingo - Delivering Convenience to Hungry College Students

How Tapingo ensured College Students skipped the long lunch queues. Case Study on building for a Niche market.

March 27th, 2024 | 9 min read | Dapo Thomas

The Strategy of Low-Risk, High-Reward Investing

Investing in financial markets can often feel like navigating a minefield, with volatility, uncertainty, and risk lurking at every turn. However, for investors seeking to maximize returns while minimizing risk, the concept of "low-risk, high-reward" investing holds particular allure.

March 20th, 2024 | 2 min read | Olamide Bankole

The Parallel Paths of AI and SaaS Startups

Let's explore how these two domains intersect and complement each other in the world of entrepreneurship.

March 13th, 2024 | 2 min read | Olamide Bankole

Startup Infrastructure: Lessons from the Hustle, Not the Ivory Tower

In the fast-paced world of startups, success often hinges not just on lofty strategies crafted in boardrooms, but on the gritty, on-the-ground lessons learned through hustle and determination. Building a startup from the ground up requires more than just academic knowledge; it demands real-world experience, resilience, and a willingness to learn from the trenches.

March 6th, 2024 | 2 min read | Olamide Bankole

The Future of Transportation: Investing in Mobility and Smart Cities

In an era marked by rapid urbanization, technological advancements, and environmental concerns, the landscape of transportation is undergoing a profound transformation. As cities grapple with congestion, pollution, and inefficient infrastructure, innovative solutions are emerging to revolutionize the way people and goods move within urban environments. This paradigm shift presents compelling investment opportunities in the burgeoning fields of mobility and smart cities.

February 29th, 2024 | 2 min read | Olamide Bankole

Real Estate Crowdfunding: A New Frontier for Development Investments?

In recent years, real estate crowdfunding has emerged as a groundbreaking way for investors to participate in development projects. This innovative approach democratizes access to real estate investments, allowing individuals to pool their resources and fund projects that were once only accessible to institutional investors.

February 21st, 2024 | 2 min read | Olamide Bankole

Why has African Tech Startup Funding Declined So Badly, and What Happens Now?

In recent years, the African tech startup ecosystem has been a beacon of innovation and growth, drawing attention from investors worldwide. However, the landscape has taken a hit with a significant decline in funding.

February 14th, 2024 | 3 min read | Olamide Bankole

Featured Article: How crowdfunding actually works in 2024, and whether you should use it to raise money

Crowdfunding has had its ups and downs, but it still might be the right path to success for your startup

February 8th, 2024 | 9 min read | Dapo Thomas

Effective Ways to Find and Pitch to Investors

While the journey of fundraising can seem daunting, especially for early-stage founders, mastering the art of finding and pitching to investors is crucial. In this article, we'll explore some effective strategies to navigate the fundraising process with confidence and success.

February 7th, 2024 | 2 min read | Olamide Bankole

Spotting Red Flags: Due Diligence Tips for Startup Investors

Investing in startups is a thrilling journey, but it's not without its risks. Successful startup investing requires a keen eye for detail, strategic thinking, and a thorough due diligence process. In this blog post, we'll explore the art of spotting red flags during due diligence and provide tips for startup investors to navigate potential pitfalls.

January 31st, 2024 | 3 min read | Olamide Bankole

The Art and Science of Startup Valuation: A Definitive Guide for Investors

In this article, we'll explore the intricacies of startup valuation, demystifying the process for seasoned investors and newcomers alike.

January 24th, 2024 | 3 min read | Olamide Bankole

From Seedling to Sequoia: Growing Consumer Trust For Startup Success

In the fast-paced world of startups, where innovation and disruption reign supreme, one element stands as a linchpin for success—consumer trust. Establishing trust is a delicate dance, especially for new players entering the market. In this blog post, we'll delve into the psychology of consumer trust and uncover strategies that startups can employ to build confidence in their brand.

January 17th, 2024 | 2 min read | Olamide Bankole

Avoiding the Quagmire: The Pitfall of Data Hoarding in Start-ups

In the ever-evolving landscape of startups, data is often hailed as the new currency. The ability to collect, analyze, and leverage data has become a crucial factor in driving innovation and achieving success. However, amid the enthusiasm for data-driven decision-making, there's a lurking danger that many startups inadvertently stumble into — the quagmire of data hoarding. In this article, we'll explore the pitfalls of data hoarding and why startups should prioritize a strategic approach to data management.

January 12th, 2024 | 2 min read | Olamide Bankole

2024 Investment Outlook: Navigating Trends and Predictions

In this blog post, we embark on a journey through the key themes, emerging trends, and insightful predictions that are set to define the investment landscape in the new year.

January 3rd, 2024 | 2 min read | Olamide Bankole

Which Investor Holds the Edge: Preferred Shareholder or Convertible Note Holder?

In this article, we'll dissect the characteristics of Preferred Shareholders and Convertible Note Holders, shedding light on the nuances that define each and exploring the factors that may make one the smarter investor.

December 19th, 2023 | 2 min read | Olamide Bankole

OKR 1.0 vs. OKR 2.0 - What Sets Them Apart?

In this article, we will explore the shift from OKR 1.0 to OKR 2.0, examining the fundamental distinctions that characterize these two versions.

December 13th, 2023 | 2 min read | Olamide Bankole

Decoding Product-Market Fit: Is the Lean Approach the Ultimate Key?

In the fast-paced world of startups and product development, the elusive concept of Product-Market Fit (PMF) stands as the holy grail. The journey from ideation to a successful product that resonates with the market is riddled with challenges. In this blog post, we'll explore the significance of Product-Market Fit, the hurdles faced by entrepreneurs, and the role of the Lean approach in cracking the code to unlock sustainable success.

December 6th, 2023 | 2 min read | Olamide Bankole

Insights into Global Economic Trends and Their Significance for Investors

This article delves into the intricate web of global economic trends, unraveling key insights and exploring their profound significance for investors seeking to make informed and strategic decisions.

November 29th, 2023 | 2 min read | Olamide Bankole

The Role of Customer-Centricity in Building a Strong Business Model

In the dynamic landscape of business, one principle stands out as a cornerstone for success: customer-centricity. The notion of placing the customer at the heart of every business decision is not just a trend but a fundamental shift in how organizations create value. In this deep dive, we explore the pivotal role of customer-centricity in building a robust and enduring business model.

November 23rd, 2023 | 3 min read | Benita Riagbayire

Navigating Tax Benefits: A Guide on Claiming SEIS and EIS Income Tax Relief

In this article, we will unravel the intricacies of claiming SEIS and EIS income tax relief, providing investors with a comprehensive guide to maximising the benefits these schemes offer.

November 22nd, 2023 | 2 min read | Olamide Bankole

Building a Diverse Exit Portfolio: Why One Size Doesn't Fit All

In this blog post, we will delve into the importance of diversity in exit strategies, exploring why a tailored approach is crucial for optimizing returns and mitigating risks.

November 16th, 2023 | 4 min read | Benita Riagbayire

Navigating Success: 3 Things to Do Before You Close Your Fundraising Round

In this blog post, we'll explore three crucial things to do before you close your fundraising round to ensure a smooth and successful transition to the next phase of your startup journey.

November 15th, 2023 | 2 min read | Olamide Bankole

How to conduct comprehensive market research and analysis as a startup looking to attract funding

In this article, we will explore the key aspects of market research that startups should focus on when attracting funding.

November 8th, 2023 | 4 min read | Benita Riagbayire

Funding Trends: Insights into the State of Startup Financing in Late 2023

As we approach the end of 2023, it's essential to take a close look at the state of startup financing and the trends that have shaped the landscape. In this blog post, we'll explore the key insights into the current state of startup financing, offering a glimpse of what startups can expect in the coming year.

November 8th, 2023 | 2 min read | Olamide Bankole

SPACs Make a Comeback: What You Should Know

Special Purpose Acquisition Companies (SPACs) have experienced a resurgence in recent years, capturing the attention of investors. It is essential for investors to understand what SPACs are and how they work. In this blog post, we'll explore the resurgence of SPACs and what you should know about them.

November 1st, 2023 | 1 min read | Olamide Bankole

Crowdfunding for Impact: Investing with a Purpose

Crowdfunding for impact, also known as impact investing, is gaining momentum as a means of aligning one's investments with personal values and societal goals.

October 26th, 2023 | 2 min read | Benita Riagbayire

Warren Buffett's Investment Philosophy: Lessons from the Oracle of Omaha

Warren Buffett, often referred to as the "Oracle of Omaha," is one of the most successful investors in history. In this blog post, we'll delve into Warren Buffett's investment philosophy and extract valuable lessons that investors can apply to their investment strategy.

October 25th, 2023 | 2 min read | Olamide Bankole

The Psychology of Risk Aversion: Why Do Investors Fear Losses More Than They Desire Gains?

Managing risk aversion is essential for investors who want to make sound financial decisions while navigating the emotional complexities of investing. Here are several strategies to help manage risk aversion

October 20th, 2023 | 2 min read | Benita Riagbayire

The Investor's Perspective: What Do VCs Look for in Startups?

As a startup founder, securing venture capital (VC) funding is a crucial step in scaling your business. In this blog, we'll explore what VCs seek when considering potential investments

October 19th, 2023 | 2 min read | Olamide Bankole

Accessing Funding Opportunities in Africa: A Comprehensive Guide

Like any burgeoning ecosystem, one of the most significant challenges African startups face is securing funding to fuel their growth and scale their operations. In this article, we'll explore the various funding opportunities available to entrepreneurs in Africa and offer insights on how to navigate this dynamic landscape.

October 11th, 2023 | 3 min read | Benita Riagbayire

Data-Driven Decision-Making: Leveraging Analytics for Startup Success

In today's fast-paced business world, startups face numerous challenges and uncertainties on their journey to success. With limited resources and fierce competition, making informed decisions is crucial for survival and growth. This is where data-driven decision-making and analytics come into play. In this blog post, we will explore how startups can leverage data to make smart choices that drive their success.

October 11th, 2023 | 2 min read | Olamide Bankole

Market Timing vs. Time in the Market: What Matters More?

Does market timing or time in the market matter more? In this blog post, we'll explore these two approaches and why the answer might not be as straightforward.

October 4th, 2023 | 2 min read | Olamide Bankole

Navigating Market Volatility: Strategies for Savvy Investors

Investing in financial markets often comes with its fair share of ups and downs. While volatility can be unsettling, it also presents opportunities for savvy investors. In this blog post, we'll explore some valuable insights and strategies to help investors navigate market turbulence and make informed decisions.

September 29th, 2023 | 2 min read | Olamide Bankole

Building a Diverse Crowdfunding Investment Portfolio in Africa

Building a diverse crowdfunding investment portfolio in Africa is essential for several reasons. It not only spreads risk but also harnesses the potential for higher returns and positive social impact.

September 5th, 2023 | 3 min read | Benita Riagbayire

Evaluating Startup Opportunities: Key Factors for Angel Investors to Consider

Startup investors face many risks when investing in new businesses.

August 16th, 2023 | 1 min read | Benita Riagbayire

The Future of Augmented and Virtual Reality: Identifying Companies at the Forefront of AR/VR Innovation

AR uses digital elements to enhance a live view, often accessed through a smartphone camera. VR, on the other hand, replaces the real world with a completely immersive virtual environment.

August 5th, 2023 | 3 min read | Dapo Thomas

Telemedicine Disruption: Investment Opportunities in the Fast-Growing Healthcare Industry

Although providing medical assistance through telecommunication is not new, it has recently gained significant acceptance. Telemedicine's popularity can be attributed to consumers' growing comfort with digital applications

August 3rd, 2023 | 3 min read | Dapo Thomas

How to Identify and Capitalize on Market Opportunities for Your Startup

Starting a new business venture can be both exciting and challenging. As a startup founder, one of your primary objectives is to identify and capitalize on market opportunities that can propel your business to success

August 1st, 2023 | 2 min read | Dapo Thomas

Driving Innovation: The Role of Crowdfunding in African Tech Startups

Crowdfunding is a popular method of raising funds for various projects or ventures by collecting small amounts of money from many individuals.

August 1st, 2023 | 3 min read | Dapo Thomas

The Power of Network Effects: How to Identify and Invests in Companies with Strong Network Effects

This happens because the more users there are, the more value is added to the product or service for everyone. The network effect is a cumulative process that increases benefits for existing users every time a new user joins the network.

May 25th, 2023 | 3 min read | Dapo Thomas

What is an NFT and is it a worthwhile investment?

NFTs are unique, one-of-a-kind tokens that are stored on the blockchain and can represent ownership of digital items and digital collectibles.

April 28th, 2023 | 2 min read | Dapo Thomas

With sky high interest rates: Should you raise capital as Equity or Debt at the early-stage?

Equity capital and debt capital are two of the most common ways to finance a business, but they have their pros and cons.

April 3rd, 2023 | 2 min read | Dapo Thomas

The Future of Sustainable Investing: Understanding the Impact of ESG Criteria on Financial Returns

Is sustainable investing a commercially viable strategy?

March 7th, 2023 | 3 min read | Dapo Thomas

Behavioural Finance and Common Investor Biases

Some of the biases we face as investors affect our decision-making. In this essay, we attempt to explain some of them and their impact on decision-making.

February 23rd, 2023 | 3 min read | Dapo Thomas

Industries to watch this year

As the global economy shifts from extreme optimism to pessimism about the future, markets everywhere lose value. A good time to make a long-term bet is now as we start to see the true value of assets. Here are some industries worth paying close attention to.

February 21st, 2023 | 3 min read | Dapo Thomas

Maximizing Efficiency with AI: A Step-by-Step Guide for Incorporating AI into Your Workflow

Does Artificial Intelligence make you more efficient? Read more to find out..

February 21st, 2023 | 4 min read | Dapo Thomas

What does it mean to own equity in a start up?

Equity investing and the different terms explained.

February 21st, 2023 | 3 min read | Dapo Thomas

Should investors at the early stage in Africa, get tax breaks?

The need for tax breaks for startup investors in a developing economy

February 17th, 2023 | 2 min read | Dapo Thomas

How to analyze Investment opportunities through equity crowdfunding

Step-by-step guide on analyzing an equity crowdfunding investment opportunity

January 30th, 2023 | 3 min read | Dapo Thomas

Artificial Intelligence and what it means for the future.

This essay will explore the evolution of AI and its future outlook

January 10th, 2023 | 2 min read | Dapo Thomas

Venture Capital vs Equity Crowdfunding: Pros and Cons

Venture capital and Equity crowdfunding are two popular methods of raising capital. While venture capital and equity crowdfunding have many similarities, they also have some key differences.

December 19th, 2022 | 3 min read | Dapo Thomas

What exactly is a peer-to-peer money transfer network?

Peer-to-Peer financial networks eliminate the need for a third-party institution to process transactions, resulting in faster and more cost-effective money transfers.

December 4th, 2022 | 2 min read | Dapo Thomas

Understanding the Basics of Cloud Kitchens: What You Need to Know

What is the future of the delivery-only restaurant?

December 4th, 2022 | 2 min read | Dapo Thomas

The Evolution of Fintech

How has Fintech evolved?

November 28th, 2022 | 5 min read | Dapo Thomas

Health tech: What is it and why it should be on your radar

The impact of technology in the healthcare industry, examples of startups building in the industry and what the future holds

November 21st, 2022 | 3 min read | Dapo Thomas

Proptech: The Technology Pushing Real Estate to the Future

What is Proptech? Examples of businesses trying to revolutionalise the industry

November 14th, 2022 | 4 min read | Dapo Thomas

A simple roadmap for planning your investment strategy for a new year

Thinking about starting your investing journey next year? Here are some tips to help you along the way

November 4th, 2022 | 4 min read | Dapo Thomas

What type of Investor are you

How much risk are you willing to take on, and how does that affect your investment decisions?

November 4th, 2022 | 2 min read | Dapo Thomas

The ultimate guide to understanding investment returns

The relationship between risk and returns and how early investors can make money from startups

October 24th, 2022 | 3 min read | Dapo Thomas

The rise of the retail investors

The army of investors shaking up global financial markets, do not match the historical stereotype

October 17th, 2022 | 5 min read | Dapo Thomas

Building a lean and efficient team

How to build a lean and efficient team and the first 5 employees you should hire

October 10th, 2022 | 5 min read | Dapo Thomas

What does scaling really mean?

What it means to scale a business and questions investors might ask a startup seeking funds to scale

October 8th, 2022 | 6 min read | Dapo Thomas

Read this before investing in a SaaS startup

What SaaS means, what to look out for and why I would add it to my portfolio

October 8th, 2022 | 3 min read | Dapo Thomas

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