I conceived of the idea for Hotels.ng in early 2012. I started working on it then (it was called hotels.com.ng), made a beta, and then went out trying to raise money. I knew next to nothing about raising money. One of the first investors I approached was Rocket Internet. I sent them a plan with […]
Oil prices have dropped. They will continue to drop. The software industry is one of the few viable industries that can be invested in right now to give Nigeria the long-term ability to export goods and earn revenue.
A lot of software designers strive to make their software as easy to use as possible. Often, the assumption is that the simpler – and the fewer user interface elements the software has – the easier it is to use. Often, this is wrong. When software is very minimal, it becomes incredibly hard to use […]
Without a doubt, Silicon Valley is the greatest tech eco-system in the world. It’s not just in name — the concrete results it shows are extremely impressive. Such eco-systems can be recreated in other places, e.g in Lagos. However, for that to happen, things have to change.
3 months ago, we turned on the Hotels.ng call-center. The decision was quite quick, so we did not have any software for the back end. All calls were logged on A4 papers and filed in a cabinet.
Nigeria is a fundamentally unreliable place…nobody expects you to arrive by 4PM, if that’s what was written in the invitation.