Resources

Resources for African Tech Entrepreneurs

Interviews, tutorials, and articles of interest for African tech entrepreneurs.

Founder Interviews

In this video series by Digg co-founder Kevin Rose, some of the most influential names in Silicon Valley share candid stories from the early days of their companies.

Stanford University’s Entrepreneurship Corner offers over 2000 free videos and podcasts featuring skilled entrepreneurs who share hard-won insights in topics such as product development, finance, and sales.

Incubators, Events, Funds, and Co-Work Spaces around Africa

 

Articles

How to Get Startup Ideas
Paul Graham

“The way to get startup ideas is not to try to think of startup ideas. It’s to look for problems, preferably problems you have yourself. The very best startup ideas tend to have three things in common: they’re something the founders themselves want, that they themselves can build, and that few others realize are worth doing.”


Startup Metrics for Pirates
Dave McClure

In this legendary Slideshare, 500 Startups founder David McClure offers one of the best explanations for which metrics to track at different growth stages of a startup.


Google Search Engine Optimization Starter Guide
Google

How can you improve the likelihood that your ideal customers will find you? This comprehensive how-to guide comes direct from the world’s largest search engine. In plain English, it explains SEO optimization best practices.


Netflix Culture: Freedom and Responsibility
Netflix

A company is only as great as its team. This slide by Netflix is critical reading for anyone who wants to know how to create a powerfully productive team that gets things done, and a company that attracts top talent.


What Startups Are Really Like
Paul Graham

As co-founder of the Y Combinator seed accelerator, Paul Graham has seen the inner workings of literally dozens of startups, and in this essay, he offers a candid, honest look into both the euphoric highs and the dispiriting lows of embarking on a startup. Read this if you want to find out what over a hundred founders wish someone had told them before they started their companies.


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Consumer Affairs

When business owners’ financial needs are greater than their available resources, business loans can fill the gap. Banks and credit unions are good places to look. Startups and small businesses without good credit can search for business loans in nontraditional places, including online lenders that specialize in financing new businesses.