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Episode 72 - Challenges & Opportunities for Africans Making Products for Africans (with Abisoye Falabi)

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Episode 72 - Challenges & Opportunities for Africans Making Products for Africans (with Abisoye Falabi)
23 Jul 2021
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An interview with Abisoye Falabi. Abisoye is a passionate technologist, community builder and educator who is currently Senior Product Manager at TradeDepot, a Nigerian commerce and fintech platform. We talk about some of the challenges & opportunities of building & scaling products across Africa, and some of the mistakes VCs are making on the continent.

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About the Episode

An interview with Abisoye Falabi. Abisoye is a passionate technologist, community builder and educator who is currently Senior Product Manager at TradeDepot, a Nigerian commerce and fintech platform.

We talk about a lot, including:

  • His work with TradeDepot, the problems they solve and their plans to go pan-African
  • Some of the challenges of moving across borders into new territories and how this affects scaling
  • How he started out in tech and moved to product management after seeing how developers were disconnected from customers & stakeholders
  • His various roles spanning tech & product, and whether he agrees that having a CPTO is good or not
  • Why it's important for Africans to make software solutions for Africans, and how they have to be 100x better than established solutions
  • Some of the challenges in building products for the African market, and how they might be addressed
  • Some of the common mistakes VC firms make when investing in African tech, and some of the opportunities they are missing
  • His passion for education, how he teaches to learn, and some of his work with community building and working on courses for Pluralsight

And much more!

Contact Abisoye

You can reach out to Abisoye on LinkedIn or Twitter.