David Kobia Responds Regarding Facebook's OpenCellular vs Kenya's BRCK

Hi Andile — first let me say that I’m a huge fan of your podcast. The pragmatism you and Tefo exercise while reviewing tech happenings on the continent, and even with your guests makes for quite a rewarding listen. No one gets a pass.

I have to say however that your recent post (Editor's note: i.e. African Tech Round-Up episode 65) and a related one on the iAfrikan blog could almost be misconstrued as celebratory or gleeful. “Crush” is such a strong word. Maybe it is the appropriate word and perhaps warranted? I don’t know.

Doing a tech startup in Africa is so intensely difficult that it requires the kind of fervor that could lead one to madness. Try and imagine building a product, going through the challenges of finding talent and raising money while dealing with issues of who can raise money and who can’t, and what actually constitutes a real ‘African’ tech startup.
Anyhow, keep up the good work.

Disclosure — I work at BRCK.

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