Bata is one of the few companies in the world that can say it has a true global footprint, with over 5,000 stores in over 90 countries. It was founded in 1894 and has been present in Kenya since 1939. Headquartered in Limuru, it has grown to have over 100 stores in different parts of the country. I spoke to the global chairperson, Mr. Thomas G. Bata on their journey. Continue reading
Kenya Orient Insurance Limited is 31 years old, just 9 years younger than its MD, Mr. Muema Muindi. It was founded in 1982, and until 2004, mainly served a niche market. That changed when it was taken over by its new owners.
“I came in as the Marketing Manager back then, having returned to Kenya from the USA where I was still working in an insurance company. Continue reading
Kenya has been heralded as the world leader in all matters mobile money, all because of one innovation that calls it home: M-Pesa. The mobile money solution was initially envisioned as a way for people across the country to send money to their friends and loved ones without the stress that came with other money transfer solutions. It has since grown beyond that, and at a remarkable rate. Continue reading
This is the previously unpublished prologue to my article(s) on the Saturday Nation about entrepreneurship and innovation that began running last week.
In the business world, entrepreneurs are similar to rock stars in the music industry: they stand out, and are mostly eccentric and energetic. They are able to move and inspire people towards achieving their goal, and are undoubtedly skilled at what they do. Their success also inspires equal amounts of admiration and contempt, and eternal arguments could occur on whether or not they really deserve all the praise and attention they receive. Continue reading