Branch raises USD 9.6M from Andreessen Horowitz, Khosla and Formation 8 in Series A

Mobile-based financial services company Branch announced Thursday last week it had raised a Series A equity funding round of USD 9.6 million (KES 1B), as it positions itself for further growth and expansion into new markets. The funding will allow for the expansion of the startup’s  operations, hiring talent in Kenya as well as expansion …

BitPesa hosting World Cup Watching Party, beta launch of service

Local Bitcoin remittances startup BitPesa will be hosting a World Cup Watching Party at Brew Bistro on Ngong Road this evening. The event will also see the beta launch of BitPesa’s service. BitPesa will provide bitings and bitcoins to the first 50 people to show up.

October OpenStack Nairobi Meetup

Update The date for the October OpenStack Nairobi meetup was moved from the 17th to the 24th . Sorry for any inconveniences. The  October OpenStack Nairobi Meetup will be held on 24th October between 17.30 and 19.00 EAT (GMT + 3 hrs) at the iHub, Bishop Magua Centre, Ngong Road. Topic There will be a …

October NairobiLUG Meetup

We will be holding our October GNU/Linux User Group Meetup on 5th October between 04.00 – 06.00 pm EAT (GMT + 3 hrs) at KFC Kimathi Street. We traditionally meet the first Saturday of every month. Speakers We have this crazy format where everyone gets to speak! We talk about what we are doing with …

When they sent the army into a mall

One of the great truths of Kenyan life suddenly became self evident, the lives of the upper middle class and those of the expatriates are worth infinitely more than those of peasants in Tana River or Bungoma. Also, the president cares for neither. The country had given a great big fuck you to the countries …

September NairobiLUG Meetup

We are hosting our September GNU/Linux User Group Meetup on 7th September – that’s tomorrow –   at 04.00 – 06.00 pm EAT (GMT + 3 hrs) at KFC Kimathi Street. We traditionally meet the first Saturday of every month. Speakers We have this crazy format where everyone gets to speak! We talk about what we …

Dr. Strangelove (or how I learnt to stop worrying and love the serpent!) : A proposal to adopt Omieri as a mascot for the Nairobi Python Community

Omieri is the name of a legendary mythical python from western Kenya. Local folklore bestows it with mystical power. A sighting of Omieri is generally regarded as a good omen and is believed to signify the coming of the rains. The local communities that practice mostly rainfed agriculture are confident that plenty of rainfall and …

Five Things You Need To Know Before Using Your BebaPay Card

I acquired my Google Beba card last month. I bought the card of a guy in a Beba tee at Kencom. I didn’t actually buy the card. I offered to top up KES 200 (USD 2.50) to my Beba account and I was issued with a card. Next the card was linked to my Google …

Top 20 tracks that are required listening for fans of Kenyan Hip Hop

Top twenty  tracks that are required listening for Kenyan Hip Hop lovers  Khalilgraph and Riddiq – Deportee Khalilgraph is one of the freshest things to hit the Kenyan hip hop scene in recent years. I mean the boy is good, and just about the cleverest Kenyan lyricist I know. To wit “I am a rapper’s …

Nairobi GNU/Linux User Group Meetup # 0

On Saturday, May 5th 2010, Alan Orth ,   Fred Muriithi , Perpetuah Ayatta and I finally got together for the first ever Nairobi GNU/Linux User Group meetup. Meeting was set for 5 pm , but didn’t start for another 15 minutes. Had missed Alan who was sitting right behind us and Fred was lost …