Canadian entrepreneur, Mike Quinn, is all set to disclose what it takes to pioneer a tech start-up in Africa with the upcoming launch of ‘Failing to Win’, a candid recollection of his time spent constructing Zoona, a billion-dollar firm on a quest to create A Cashless Africa.
“’Failing to Win’ is my trustworthy glimpse contained in the black field of pioneering a start-up in Africa and the journey I took in direction of connecting influence buyers with purpose-driven African entrepreneurs,” says Quinn.
“It’s been unimaginable to observe Africa’s tech start-up wave develop over the previous couple of years, and I’m hoping that my ebook will help positively affect the ecosystem to present these firms a greater probability, in order that my failures will help them to win.”
Quinn emigrated to Africa in 2009 with a mission to search out entrepreneurs constructing scalable, high-impact companies. In Lusaka, Zambia, he met two brothers who had been beginning a enterprise to assist unbanked small-scale farmers obtain cell funds in a market the place money was king.
Along with his companions, Quinn led Zoona to construct a community of two,500 entrepreneurs throughout Zambia and Malawi, enabling tens of millions of unbanked clients to ship and obtain $2.5 billion in cash transfers and remittances.
By 2019, Zoona had raised over $30 million of enterprise funding and operated on the vanguard of Africa’s rising fintech ecosystem.
“This ebook is a first-hand account of how Mike and the management staff skilled the euphoria of exponential development, the challenges of money burn and funding constraints, the Black Swan occasions that formed enterprise selections, and the sport idea a start-up faces when taking up the massive gamers,” says Charles Niehaus, a former Zoona board chair.
For Quinn’s former accomplice and CFO, Keith Davis, the ebook is important literature for any would-be African entrepreneur: “Mike and I labored carefully collectively for eight of his 10 years. He has managed to seize in vivid element the myriad challenges we confronted alongside the way in which. ‘Failing to Win’ is a must-read for anybody who has or will begin a enterprise in Africa.”
‘Failing to Win’ has already generated a lot pleasure on social media, with the previous FNB CEO and fintech entrepreneur, Michael Jordaan, expressing his pleasure on Twitter: “Far too usually we give attention to start-up success tales. However we will study simply as a lot (or possibly extra) from failures. Right here’s one African Fintech that Did not Win.”
To fund his ebook, Quinn has began a Thundafund web page which, in simply three days, has raised greater than $3,000 in direction of the $20,000 he must publish. This enthusiasm is of no shock contemplating the help Quinn has obtained from the likes of Keet van Zyl who on Twitter mentioned that, “[‘Failing to Win’ is] a narrative of the ups and downs of #Startup life in #Africa value sharing. Help this @Thundafund #FailingToWin CrowdFunding marketing campaign and study…”
To carry his ebook to gentle, Quinn has partnered up with the award-winning storyteller and editor, Rory O’Conor, who has helped Quinn form and edit the story and draw out his most necessary insights. ‘Failing to Win’ might be completed by the primary half of 2020 and printed through Amazon’s Kindle Direct Publishing, Audible and conventional printing homes.
To be part of getting this must-read story into the fingers of Africa’s entrepreneurs, make a pledge at https://www.thundafund.com/challenge/failing_to_win. In return in your help, Quinn is providing reward packages for donations as little as $10, with bulk packages and private presentation by Quinn additionally on provide for bigger contributions.