Are small projects worthwhile?

By Mal Warwick In The Business Solution to Poverty, Paul Polak and I advocate the “Don’t Bother Trilogy,” which reads as follows: a)    If you haven’t talked to at least 100 customers in some depth before you start [your venture], …

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How Mobile Tech is Transforming Africa

By Sarah Martin For years analysts have said that “Africa is Rising,” but now it’s really happening. With an expanding population and steady economic growth, social enterprise in Africa is today seeing real returns on investment. This “double-bottom line” success …

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Innovation in Africa

Recently Mal Warwick posted an article here highlighting the widespread innovation in sub-Saharan Africa (“Who are the innovators?” May 10, 2014).  In the same vein, a South African technology writer named Toby Shapshak (pictured at right) recently delivered a TED …

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Who are the innovators?

By Mal Warwick Innovation is alive and well among entrepreneurs – but not so much where you’d expect. Take Silicon Valley, for example – a place long considered virtually synonymous with innovation. Twelve companies originating from that hotbed of invention …

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Bootstrapping change in Africa

A review of The Bright Continent: Breaking Rules and Making Change in Modern Africa, by Dayo Olopade @@@@ (4 out of 5) By Mal Warwick It starts with the title itself — Dayo Olopade’s challenge to the prevailing sentiment that sub-Saharan Africa …

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