How to Create a New Market

November 4th, 2014 by

If my grandfather could wake up today and see how the world of business has changed, he would think the earth had been taken over by aliens. Who could have imagined twenty years ago that shopping would shift from the mall to online sites like Amazon? Twenty years ago, I wouldn’t have thought it possible…

Dangote: Epitome of Entrepreneurial Greatness

August 4th, 2014 by

In 1977, Aliko Dangote borrowed a few dollars from his grandfather. He refused to use the family name on his business (which was very popular) and started using his own name. Today, Dangote is one of the biggest brands in Africa, and the man behind the brand is also the wealthiest black person in the…

From Taxi Driver to Billionaire: A Success Story

June 30th, 2014 by

In my article “What It Takes to Get to the Top“ I stated that after I tasted failure for the first time in my life, I embarked on a quest of knowing what it takes to get to the top. I started learning from people I felt were the perfect example of entrepreneurial success. One…

What it Takes to Get to the Top

April 20th, 2014 by

Leaders need vision, mentorship and perseverance to achieve success. Here’s how it’s done. If I could become anything, I would be the Bill Gates of my generation: a businessman, a philanthropist, a leader. But when I first swapped the medical profession for a business degree, my Dad repudiated my decision. It finally took his brother,…

Why Should They Invest in Your Ideas?

March 6th, 2014 by

Here are five secrets to getting investors to finance your awesome business concept. In talking with ambitious young people from Africa to North America about their goals, I hear the same excuses across continents: “If I had $200,000 in capital, I could launch a business.” “If someone could loan me $1,000,000, I could get started.”…

Secrets to getting VCs to fund your social enterprise

January 10th, 2014 by

Financing is the most significant hurdle to getting a new enterprise off the ground. Venture capitalist Bryan Korba offers an insider’s perspective on what VCs are looking for, how not to look like an amateur, and what to do with the money when you get it. Bryan Korba is the managing partner of Y Street Ventures,…