Looks like in 2016 Nigeria, fintech is the new e-commerce. Something new (or two, or three) is launching every month. Here are some of my notes the proponents of these ventures may find useful.
Having been watching from afar the kinds of moves Hotels.ng is making, I think I like what I'm seeing and this for me is a "salute post" from the back of the audience gallery.
After spending the last two years anchoring strategy at Interswitch and pursuing partnership opportunities, one of those "partnerships" has evolved into something more and I'll now be moving on to a new role.
Bots are the new rave. You know, that intelligent conversation you can have inside your favorite chat app that will then execute a service for you. Here, I postulate on various ways this rave could end.
Had lunch with a (new) friend recently who asked me this question. I had never given it thought before, and I really struggled to answer. I think it's a profound question to ask oneself. It may help in charting a course for the next 15.
In the past 12 months or thereabouts, there's been news after news of aggressive cost cutting measures by the new companies on the Nigerian tech scene. I take a jab at why this is so and suggest there's a better way.
I'm of the opinion that as more people are embracing the "startup" culture, there's a need for some mechanism that makes it possible for investors to get their money out at a reasonable profit without negatively impacting the business. In this piece I suggest some form of internet based stock exchange.
What are we all doing here? What's the end game for this "upandan"? Everything must have a reason right? Right!?
Two people, same business, roughly same results so far. But the difference? One has so much "packaging" overhead and the other is an obscure little operation. Which will you invest your pension money in?
Too many apps and "startups" these days doing stuff that makes the heads of most reasonable people spin. What does "Yo" do again? But on closer look, maybe the phenomenon of meaningless apps and companies is not that bad.
Is the discipline of product management art or is it science? This is one of the standard discussions in PM circles
In recent times, GTBank's 737 banking has been the hot product in the Fintech space in Nigeria that quite a number of us have looked at with longing and expectations of how it can be extended to cover more use scenarios. In this piece, I look at lessons a product manager can extract from the execution of this service
How does one take the little one has to get ahead in life? Recently 2 stories hit the Nigerian internet, one about a lady graduate who couldn't get a job and stood at a street corner till she got noticed. The other about a guy who cleans windscreens all dressed up like a business man... I take a critical look at the similarities and differences of both scenarios.
Stumbled on a few tweets by Valar Afshar this morning that were very instructive. I found them eye-opening in showing disruption of specific industries by presenting charts that drive the point home.
To inspire people to pursue a course of action, it helps to show them someone "like them" who has gone down that road and has achieved what they hope to achieve. It seems it's sort of hard to find such a role model in the tech world for the Nigerian undergraduate?
Vision. Mission. Strategy. Team. KPIs. Roadmap. Budget. Assets. Liabilities. Etc... Would you have a more fulfilling experience with your time on this planet if you lived this way?
It is often assumed that Product Managers have the primary responsibility of coming up with brilliant and creative ideas for features, customer experience scenarios and new products. This assumption is far from accurate. Mostly. In the area of idea generation, the PM gets better mileage by fostering an environment that let's others come up with great ideas that she then works to validate.
We all want to constantly express creative ideas or come up with solutions that are perceived to be creative to specific problems. Maybe creativity is more of grunt work & deliberate pre-practice than flashes of genius?
Don't get sucked into a thousand little irrelevant activities; rather, identify the key levers that significantly impact your product's success. Maintain insane focus on your vision. Guard your product positioning jealousy
A product Manager has to wear many hats and be part of many things. For such a role with diverse responsibilities, we have all come to accept that one who will do well must pack a Swiss army knife. But of all the blades in the knife, which is the most crucial?
We all get those text messages and emails that say "CBN wants you to update your card". So, I got one and Sandra thought we should have some fun and yank the people's chain a bit...
In the past 5 years, there has been an outpouring of all sorts of digital services into Nigeria. But so far, the market has not been penetrated enough. Maybe there's a way to fix that...
The way my reading habits have evolved over the recent years might be a representation of changes in the bigger world and predictor of where the world is going?
Netflix announced yesterday that the streaming service will now be available in a number of countries where it was not before. Including Nigeria. The usual "disrupt" crowd has started getting excited again. Let me jump into the kpotokpoto too...
It's generally believed that Pay On Delivery constitutes between 70% and 90% of all ecommerce sales in Nigeria. Why is this so and is it sustainable? What may the current online retailers do to survive?
Look around you. A lot of the new ventures grabbing the buzz in Nigeria today and getting funded are led mostly by people who have gone off to live abroad and come back home. It's true. It's real. I'll throw some ideas up in the air as to why I think this is so.
In the past 6 years, I have had to source for product managers to join the team. Here's a compilation of some of the questions I often use at interviews.
Think about it for a minute. It can help to unearth your deepest aspirations and motivations. Helping to shed some light and make you question if you should be doing what you are doing today.
I posit that for everyone who gets out of bed in the morning and hits the road to get about the day's business, it's one of four things that's motivating him/her. Having a clear self-awareness of which of the four can help with focus and career planning.
As a product manager who would do well, one needs to realise that the work is not done when you ship the product. That's actually when it starts.