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The Flip

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The Flip is an editorial-style podcast exploring contextually relevant insights from entrepreneurs and investors changing the status quo in Africa. The name The Flip comes from the opportunity to flip the script – question some of the pervasive narratives on entrepreneurship, challenge the ubiquity … read more

66 Episodes | 2019 - 2023

MTN Nigeria's Adia Sowho: Sharing Is A Must

November 30th, 2023


Today's guest is Adia Sowho, one of the most experienced and thoughtful operators in the African tech ecosystem. After starting her career in …

Ham Serunjogi: How Chipper Cash is Surviving the Slowdown

November 16th, 2023


Today's guest is Ham Serunjogi, the Co-founder and CEO of Chipper Cash.

In 2021, Chipper raised $150 million Series C extension, valuing the startup at $2 billion, but has since cut its valuation, reportedly by 70 …

Making Borders Matter Less with Onafriq's Dare Okoudjou

November 2nd, 2023


Today's guest is Dare Okoudjou, the Founder and CEO of MFS Africa, which this week has rebranded to Onafriq. 

The new name represents a new chapter in the company, which is a very different looking company than when we …

Investing in African Talent with YC's Michael Seibel & Microtraction's Kwamena Afful

October 19th, 2023


Today's guests are Michael Seibel, the Managing Director of Y Combinator, and Kwamena Afful, a Founding Partner of Microtraction. 

Michael has been an …

Building a $1B Fintech in South Africa with Stitch CEO Kiaan Pillay

October 6th, 2023


Today's guest is Kiaan Pillay, the Co-founder and CEO of Stitch. My conversation with Kiaan comes on the heels of their recent fundraising announcement, a $25 million Series A extension led by the global fintech fund …

Olugbenga 'GB' Agboola: Hard-Earned Lessons Building Flutterwave

September 22nd, 2023


Today's guest is Olugbenga Agboola, better known as the one and only GB - the Co-founder and CEO of Flutterwave. 

It's been a trying last year or so …

The Future of Work Won't Look Like a Job

April 13th, 2023


The future of work in the African context is going to be a lot of different things. It mimics the nature of work itself for many individuals on the …

The Role of Big Tech in the Future of Work

April 6th, 2023


There is a perception that there's a tech talent shortage in the African tech ecosystem, and that it's hard to find high-quality local talent.

There …

Stablecoins: Africa's Killer Crypto App

March 31st, 2023


We're dropping one more episode of our new show, crypto@scale, on The Flip's feed today. In this episode, we interview our first guests on what might be Africa's killer crypto app, stablecoins. According to data from …

Introducing crypto@scale

March 28th, 2023


We interrupt this season on the future of work to drop a special episode today in The Flip’s feed. Introducing crypto@scale, a new show from The Flip, co-hosted by MFS Africa's Head of Crypto, Gwera Kiwana, and The …

The Future of Work is Standardization

March 23rd, 2023


Where there is fragmentation, informality, and a dearth of infrastructure, there are questions about what the path to formality and standardization will look like. One intriguing answer to that question is conversion …

The Future of Work is Vertical Platforms

March 16th, 2023


African markets are largely informal. So while our examination of workforce and training programs in the fast few episodes focused on formal and salaried jobs, we know that most Africans aren't going to get these types …

The Future of Work Needs Training

March 9th, 2023


Throughout this season, we've heard about this disconnect between supply and demand in the labor marketplace. It's often a skills and training issue. 

Even where there are jobs, there's still this disconnect between …

The Future of Work is Matching

March 2nd, 2023


How do we tie interventions - whether traditional education or boot camps or training programs - to job outcomes? As we'll explore in this episode, it requires a demand-led approach and starts with employers. 

In this …

Building Africa's Outsourcing Industry - A Case Study

February 26th, 2023


What's particularly exciting about remote work is that it's not constrained by the demand from the local market. The jobs can come from anywhere in …

The Future of Work is Remote

February 23rd, 2023


We know that local economies are not going to create enough jobs or income-generating opportunities for such a rapidly growing African population. …

The Future of Work is Local Jobs - A Case Study

February 19th, 2023


In the first episode of this season, we argued that the future of work is a traditional development playbook. Considering the nature of most African markets today - informal, fragmented, subscale -  and considering the …

The Future of Work Starts with Farming

February 16th, 2023


How are jobs created? While throughout the season we're going to be looking at that question primarily through a technology and innovation lens, in …

Introducing The Flip Season Four: The Future of Work

February 9th, 2023


Introducing The Flip Season Four. African countries will be adding more people to the workforce in the next 10 years than the rest of the world combined. Where are the income-generating opportunities going to come from? 

Sabi: Platforming Trade in Africa

June 27th, 2022


Read Sabi: Platforming Trade in Africa on The Flip.

We’re trying something new - an audio version of this week's partner edition of The Flip Notes, together with Sabi. Along with narration from The Flip's Justin Norman, …

The Ownership Economy

February 17th, 2022


In this episode, we're going to explore web3 in the African context.

The premise of web3 technology, and tools like NFTs, in particular, is that they …

The Creator Economy

February 10th, 2022


African culture and content is taking over the world - from Afrobeats and amapiano, to Nollywood and Netflix originals, to fashion. To what degree …

From Farm to Table

November 25th, 2021


Food prices are disproportionately expensive in African markets. In some countries, consumers spend 50% or more of their income on food. It's a logistics problem and a retail fragmentation problem, and it's also an …

Building a Healthier Africa

November 18th, 2021


How can Africans receive greater access to quality healthcare? That's the problem we'll attempt to explain in this episode, and it's a wicked problem.

In this episode, we go deep into the healthcare value chain from …

Making Borders Matter Less - A Conversation with Dare Okoudjou

November 11th, 2021


As MFS Africa announces its $100 million Series C, The Flip's Justin Norman and Sayo Folawiyo sit down for a conversation with MFS Africa's Founder …

Problem Solving for Fragmented Retail

November 4th, 2021


As we began our exploration into retail and the so-called B2B commerce platforms, we kept asking about the nature of last-mile retail. Why is it so …

Journey to the Last Mile

October 28th, 2021


As we continue our season on value chains, in this episode, we explore logistics. 

The cost of goods and food is disproportionately higher in Africa than anywhere else in the world, with consumers in some markets, …

Africa Stack

October 21st, 2021


This episode concludes our three-part fintech series this season. In the first two episodes, we tackled payments. In this episode, we explore the other layers of the financial services stack - namely, identity and data. 

Follow the Money, Part Two

October 14th, 2021


In episode one of this season, we explored how money moves within borders in Africa. In this episode, we explore how money moves across them. 

[01:27] - Africa is the most expensive region in the world to send money to, …

Follow the Money

October 7th, 2021


We hear a lot, in the African tech ecosystem, that the competition is with cash. Virtually every country in the world is on some form of a journey to move from cash to cashless. Many African markets, however, are quite …

Introducing The Flip Season Three

September 30th, 2021


Introducing The Flip Season Three. This season is about value chains - we pop the hood across sectors and take an in-depth look at what's going on underneath. 

Middlemen as a Service - A Retrospective with Sayo Folawiyo and Justin Norman

March 18th, 2021


Each episode during our narrative episodes, The Flip's b-mic, Sayo Folawiyo, and founder, Justin Norman, sit down for a retrospective conversation on …

Accessible and Affordable EdTech with Eneza Education's Wambura Kimunyu

March 11th, 2021


 In this episode, we talk edtech with Wambura Kimunyu, the Group CEO of Eneza Education.

Throughout the series of episodes, we’re exploring the entrepreneurs in start-ups digitizing informal and fragmented industries on …

Mass-Market Media with StarNews Mobile's Guy Kamgaing

March 4th, 2021


In this episode, we explore entertainment for mass-market consumers in Africa with Guy Kamgaing, the Founder and CEO of StarNews Mobile.

Throughout the series of episodes, we're exploring the entrepreneurs in start-ups …

The Case for Crypto with Bundle's Yele Bademosi

February 25th, 2021


In this episode, we talk about cryptocurrency with the Co-Founder and CEO of Bundle, and the Founding Partner of Microtraction, Yele Bademosi. Beyond …

Digitizing Community Banking with Kwara's Cynthia Wandia

February 18th, 2021


In this episode, we talk about savings and credit cooperative societies, or SACCOs, and the outsize role these member-owned community banks  play in …

Fintech for Cash-First Markets with Nomanini's Vahid Monadjem

February 11th, 2021


In this episode, we continue our exploration of the entrepreneurs digitizing informal and analog markets, with Nomanini's Vahid Monadjem. Nomanini is a fintech platform for informal retail merchants in cash-heavy …

Technology for Informal Trade with MarketForce 360's Tesh Mbaabu

February 4th, 2021


In this episode, we open the black box of last-mile retail distribution with MarketForce 360's Tesh Mbaabu. 90 percent of trade in Africa is informal, and MarketForce's software-as-a-service platform to better manage …

Building a Savings Culture with PiggyVest's Odunayo Eweniyi

January 28th, 2021


In this episode, we explore digital savings with PiggyVest's Odunayo Eweniyi. PiggyVest's competition is the wooden box that Nigerians were using to save cash. We'll talk about how the company designed the product to …

Insurance-as-a-Service with Lami's Jihan Abass

January 21st, 2021


In this episode, we speak to Jihan Abass, the Founder and CEO of Lami, an insurance-as-a-service startup based in Nairobi, Kenya. Lami's platform enables insurers, banks, and other partners to offer  digital and …

Digitizing Healthcare with Helium Health's Goke Olubusi

January 14th, 2021


Our exploration of the entrepreneurs and startups digitizing analog and fragmented industries takes us to Nigeria, for a conversation with Helium Health's Co-founder and CEO Goke Olubusi. Helium's electronic medical …

Inside the Stripe Acquisition of Paystack with Shola Akinlade & Matt Henderson

December 3rd, 2020


On October 15, 2020, Paystack and Stripe announced the acquisition of the former by the latter, in a deal reported to be worth over $200 million. This marks Stripe's largest acquisition to date and is an incredibly …

Smart People Should Build Things - On Recruiting and the Global Competition for Top Talent

October 1st, 2020


The very nature of a high-growth startup means that the company is always growing and hiring at a rapid rate. And for African startups, in …

Much Ado About the Media

September 24th, 2020


In this episode, we explore and unpack the relationship between the tech ecosystem and the media. We'll seek answers to questions such as - what …

Connecting the Dots - Japanese Corporates and African Tech

September 17th, 2020


This season we've talked about the relationship between African tech and other emerging markets across the Global South, as well as with China. In this episode, we talk about the ecosystem's relationship Japan - and in …

Telcos, PalmPay, and the Future of Mobile Financial Services

September 10th, 2020


In this episode, we explore the evolution of mobile financial services and the opportunity to deepen financial inclusion in African markets. This …

Building for Purpose - China-Africa Tech

September 3rd, 2020


This week, we explore a hypothesis - that the lessons and models from Chinese tech companies have merit in African markets, given certain similarities between China’s development and the current conditions on the …

A Fintech Exit - Inside the MFS Africa Acquisition of Beyonic

August 27th, 2020


Last episode, we went on a hypothetical startup journey from idea to exit. In this episode, we go on a real one.

In June of 2020, MFS Africa announced the acquisition of Beyonic. Together, the combined company of 95 …

From Idea to Exit - A Startup Fundraising Journey

August 20th, 2020


This episode, we go on a hypothetical startup fundraising journey, from idea to exit. 

2:04 - At the earliest stage, angel and venture investing is quite subjective, says Zachariah George, angel investor and Managing …

Finding Fit - Opportunities in the Global South

August 13th, 2020


We dedicate this episode to Fahim Saleh, the Founder and CEO of Gokada, who was killed in New York City on July 13th. Our heartfelt condolences go …

Global Ambition - Lessons from Tech Expansion

August 6th, 2020


We've had prior discussions on Africa's market size (S1E5) and on Africa-focused investors' pursuit of scale (S1E7). Both topics ultimately lead to …

Co-Building The Future - High-Touch Venture Investing

July 30th, 2020


In this episode, we explore high-touch venture investing models - in particular, venture development and talent investing, as well as peer-selected …

Introducing The Flip Season Two

July 23rd, 2020


Introducing The Flip Season Two - the podcast exploring contextually relevant insights from entrepreneurs changing the status quo in Africa. This season, we explore venture building, geographic expansion, valuations and …

Crisis-Induced Collaboration

May 21st, 2020


They say never waste a good crisis. And while COVID-19 has had a horrible, crippling effect on individuals and economies alike, if there's one positive to the pandemic, perhaps it's that it's compelling and facilitating …

Building Through Crises

April 30th, 2020


As we continue to weather the unprecedented COVID-19 pandemic, and its second order effects on the economy, hat lessons can we learn from those who have lived, survived or even thrived through somewhat similar …

Accessible Insurance for All - A Conversation with MicroEnsure's Richard Leftley

March 19th, 2020


MicroEnsure’s origins date back in 2002 when its founder, Richard Leftley, started asking a simple question of traditional insurance companies – why is it that insurers only create products and services for the wealthy? …

A Conversation with Rebecca Enonchong

February 21st, 2020


Rebecca Enonchong (@africatechie) is widely known for her evangelism of the African tech ecosystem. But she's much more than merely an evangelist. Rebecca started the US-based enterprise software company in 1999, …

Context Matters - What Alternative Financing Models are Appropriate for This Ecosystem?

January 30th, 2020


To solve problems on the continent, entrepreneurs are building sustainable, impact-driven, infrastructure-building, tech-enabled, for-profit …

In Pursuit of Scale - The Strategies of Africa-Focused Venture Investors

January 16th, 2020


Venture Capitalists, generally speaking, are looking to fund high-growth ventures that have the potential to scale and achieve virtually infinite returns. But achieving that scale is hard, even more so in Africa, where …

What Do Entrepreneurs Consider When Seeking Venture Capital?

January 2nd, 2020


We talk so often of venture capital that it's more or less assumed that raising VC funding is an inextricable part of the entrepreneur's journey. But …

1.2 Billion And Counting - How Do Entrepreneurs Look At Africa's Market Size?

December 19th, 2019


One of the most exciting aspects of opportunities in Africa is a function of market size - over 1.2 billion people on the youngest and fastest-growing continent. But the conversation around total addressable market, and …

Reaching The Masses - A Conversation On Distribution

December 12th, 2019


In nuanced and fragmented environments, how are startups in African markets getting their products and services in the hands of their customers at the last mile?

1:55 Maxime Bayen, of GreenTec Capital partners and …

On Leapfrogging

December 5th, 2019


Leapfrogging - what is it? What is it not? What is it good for and what are its limitations? We speak to Yoco's Head of Expansion, Marcello Schermer. 

Exploring Sustainable Businesses Models

November 28th, 2019


They say that the difference between the US and Africa is that the US has competition while Africa has complexity. And a big reason for its complexity is a lack of infrastructure.

It compels many startups to build …

Solving Problems in Africa by Taking the Worm's Eye View

November 21st, 2019


A tenet of entrepreneurship getting as close to the customer or end-user as possible, to best understand and implement solutions for them. But what …

Introducing The Flip

November 13th, 2019


Introducing The Flip - an editorial-style podcast exploring contextually relevant insights from entrepreneurs and investors changing the status quo in Africa. 

The name The Flip comes from the opportunity to flip the …

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