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  1. http://www.dieselmovies.com/uprofile.php?UID=18246
    March 4, 2013

    Your report has proven helpful to us. It’s very educational and you really are obviously quite educated in this field.
    You get opened my personal eyes to be able to varying views on this matter along
    with intriguing, notable and solid written content.

  2. T.mNairobi
    September 23, 2011

    This is good KE. Keep it up. We’re all trying enterprise in one form or another. Its good to see some of it working.

  3. dorcy
    July 27, 2010

    hi KE, i am just warming up to your site, it is ok…….. but do you have to be vulgar?

    • kenyanentrepreneur
      July 27, 2010


      You think I’m vulgar? I’ll try and control myself next time. Actually, no…I won’t be able to.

      Look beyond the vulgarity and try to focus on the issue. Hope that helps.

  4. First Body
    July 12, 2010

    There are several ways companies are making sales on the internet.
    Number 1 advertising. When the traffic through ones site is a lot, selling of space through banners or using adsense is one way of making money but that is not a big source of revenue for most companies.

    The other way is through e-commerce. Transacting sales through website and thats what teh amazons and ebays are doing but what you forgot to mention is that in all that there is also Visa making money, there is pay pal making money and all the banks who are carrying out this transactions are making money not just amazon or ebay ….. look behind the curtain.

    What i think is the most important especially for kenya is creating awareness and knowledge of price. This is why we need local content.
    Today i was looking for tyres for my car. So i did a google search tyre Kenya as my terms the only site worth visiting on the first page was kingsway and sameer but the sameer gives you the run around.

    Kingsway though was more helpful offering a 30% discount to their website customers but the problem was there were no prices so i sent my quote and im waiting for a reply. Local content will increase sales of your brick and motar store because we still dont have ACCEPTABLE and reliable online paying solution. So local content is important.
    But that’s my opinion!

    • kenyanentrepreneur
      July 12, 2010

      First Body:

      I see your point now after you gave that example, which is a good one. So, local content where companies have an online presence with prices listed (but you do know why many companies wouldn’t want to do this? If they list a set price, it would be harder for them to scam you and try to get more money out of you when you show up at their stores).

      I for one don’t understand why I can’t buy Kenyan tea or Kenyan coffee online directly from the farmers or from the cooperatives. I should be able to by now (and for any other kenyan goods for that matter).

      I do recall one handbag designer telling me that the reason she didn’t go online was because she was afraid of Chinese imitators! i.e. she thought that putting pictures of her handbag designs would allow Chinese imitators to copy them, mass produce them and run her out of business. I guess that’s where as a business owner, branding becomes important. You can get fake designer goods all over the net, but they are still many people who’ll pay for the real thing and who will support local entrepreneurs.

  5. First Body
    July 10, 2010

    I can see that the tweeting techies have come out to discredit you!! KE you should be proud that they not only visited your site but were kind enough to leave a caustic message.

    Our internet market is not mature enough yet. I believe it will grow soon with safaricom and other telecos encouraging their customers to surf the internet on their networks. The masses will get tired of facebook and youtube and will soon rather than later start looking for local content and eventually move on to ecommerce.

    Once mpesa and zap and any other paying solution get a secure way to transact online or an online payment solution appears we will then move to e-commerce.

    Until then I commend you and other bloggers and the kenyan techies with their “fluff” websites on creating local content.

    • kenyanentrepreneur
      July 11, 2010

      First Body:

      Everyone has different viewpoints on various issues and that’s fine, but like I said earlier, I think there’s too much focus on local content and on content in general.

      If you look around, the people making revenue’s are not content providers. They are either using the internet to sell mass products (e.g. amazon.com) or they are developing app’s that everyone around the world is using (e.g. facebook, twitter, etc, etc) — They’re not wasting time developing content. They’re creating the app’s and letting people use them to write their own content.

      So, until the skill level to develop these app’s appears, I don’t see how one can make significant revenue’s just from content.

  6. kenyanentrepreneur
    June 5, 2010


    Really? why do you think that is the case?

  7. Anonymous
    May 29, 2010

    Apart from the internet service providers, nobody else makes money through the internet in Kenya

  8. kenyanentrepreneur
    May 26, 2010


    Well maybe your right, but like I said, they coagulate on twitter talking about their launches and whenever I ask about revenues, they tend to get very upset (“is money everything”? is the usual response).

    Then, my second point is that I’m always looking to interview Kenyan entrepreneurs for this blog. So, when I see them on Twitter, proclaiming all of their greatness,I naturally become quite curious and think that they maybe they could be an interesting entrepreneurial story there.

    However, after I get through my preliminary questions to them, I quickly realize that a lot of their proclamations are mostly fluff. These are simple 3 page websites, with no revenues, with people calling themselves CEO’s or Managing Directors, of fluff websites. It’s been very telling, actually.

    My third point is that at the end of the day, you also don’t see any practical applications that they’ve created. So, what is it that they are coding?

    For example, I just read about this company below that will allow small businesses to create online ad’s all for a mere $150 dollars a month (see link here: http://www.nytimes.com/2010/05.....ef=general).

    And this is an example of a piece of technology that someone created that is going to have real, practical use for many small businesses. This kind of real world, real revenue producing companies, I am not seeing from the African techies.

    So, that’s my conclusion here: For a blogger like me who is interested in telling stories about African entrepreneurs, discovering their fluff has been quite disappointing.

    I’m doing another post that will make you even angrier so stay tuned. :mrgreen:

  9. solo
    May 26, 2010

    You realise that techies who make money don’t come to this site to talk bout it. they be there but too busy making dough.

  10. wanjikuMworia
    May 25, 2010

    thanks nycest and asambo ..I figured out this KE brother of ours long time ago. He is all talk talk and criticizing others who are doing stuff that makes them happy.

  11. kenyanentrepreneur
    May 25, 2010

    Nycest & Asambo:

    This blog (as I’ve said numerous times) makes virtually no money & in that respect, it is simply a labor of love. I do it because I love to write.

    It is also just a forum for people to come and share their ideas. So, for example, you both came here, read my piece and felt the need to leave a comment. In that respect, you are talking (like me) :mrgreen:

    Also, like I said earlier, once you read about a guy like this who was making $300K a month at 17, why would I bother mentioning the measly income from my other sites? Conversely, neither would I want to hear about the non-income from other Kenyan techy sites.

  12. asambo
    May 25, 2010


  13. Nycest
    May 25, 2010

    So, how much revenue are you making? Or are you also one of the talkers?

  14. OfficialRenMan
    May 24, 2010

    Nice read and spot in terms of whether revenue is been created on not. Nowadays I look at whether an investment/idea will create value or not. If its not, then its not worth focusing on. Looks like I’ll have this book and the new Nelson Mandela (Mandela’s Way) book to read up soon.

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