Jacob Mugendi

Jacob Mugendi

Total 13 Posts
Columnist. Team leader and engineer at Truehost.

White CEO wanted

What started as a satirical tweet took a life of its own as it drew laughter and anger in equal measure. More importantly, it highlighted the underlying bias in Kenya's startup ecosystem.

Scaling up lessons from M-PESA

There are some lessons for startups in how M-PESA managed to scale across Kenya. Although some of the success can be attributed to luck, some of it was methodical.

From fake news to deepfakes

In what seems to make fake news look like child's play, we now have deepfakes. This is a technology that allows one to make a video (or photo) of anyone, saying or doing anything.

Kenya's failed cashless public transport initiative

A few years ago, the government of Kenya legislated for a cashless public transport system for which they recruited some Big Tech companies to assist with. Needless to say, the initiative failed dismally.

Screen time and your children

Although research is not conclusive on whether screen time is harmful to children or not, it is better to err on the side of caution and limit the amount of time your children spend using electronic devices such as mobile phones and tablets.

Africa needs more data centers urgently

As of December 2018, the USA accounted for 40% of all data centers in the world. This presents two main problems: capital flight and latency.

Kenya needs to improve cybersecurity

Kenya needs to develop its cybersecurity capacity and become more cyber-resilient. Recent cyber attacks on government websites suggest that there is a lack of skills given how long it took to bring the websites back up.