One other Twitter-Musk drama?

Hey there,

Keep in mind Elon Musk saying his $44 billion bid to purchase Twitter was “briefly on maintain” attributable to spam considerations on Friday, Could 13, 2022?

So, Twitter CEO, Parag Agrawal responded yesterday, Monday, Could 16, 2022, claiming Musk’s plan to quantify the issue by randomly sampling 100 accounts would fail.

The Twitter-Musk drama that we thought was virtually over seems to be simply getting began.

However what do you assume that is all about? Is it true that he most likely gained’t purchase Twitter and discovering methods to keep away from paying the $1 billion wonderful, as some claim? Or do you consider he’s genuinely involved? If you happen to’re detached, please let me know too.

Effectively, at present, I’ll be discussing:

  • Why some folks in tech faux it till they make it 
  • Topship’s $2.5m seed
  • Twiga Meals launching Twiga Recent

Why do folks in tech faux it ’until they make it?

Have you ever listened to the most recent episode of the • Podcast? If you happen to haven’t already, you must. It’s at all times revealed earlier than the publication.

I laughed quite a bit whereas listening to at present’s episode; it’s fairly entertaining. My favorite story might be, “Faux it until you make it.”

Earlier than we proceed, what do you concentrate on the adage? Anyway, whereas listening, one query that stored popping into my head was, “Does doing that make you a nasty individual?” 

I imply, people want to realize their objectives a technique or one other, and if it means faking it till they attain it, what’s the massive deal? 

Hmm. Earlier than you come for my head, let me unequivocally state that I don’t help residing a fabricated life on or off social media.

Nonetheless, primarily based on the definition of the adage, you might agree with me that people might have to faux it earlier than they make it at instances.

So, what precisely does the adage imply? “Faux it till you make it” implies that you would be able to imbue your life with confidence, competence, or an optimistic outlook by imitating these qualities.

And everyone knows that appearances are important if you wish to be appropriately addressed. Effectively, besides you seem like a child like me. 😂 And, as everyone knows, infants don’t care. 😅😅 Okay, I’m kidding.

Nonetheless, you’ll agree that sporting high-quality or good clothes and niknaks boosts confidence. Nonetheless, I’ve an issue with the adage, particularly when folks attempt to persuade us that they’re doing one thing they’re not on social media.

This occurs on a regular basis, and it isn’t any totally different within the tech business. Why will some tech bros and sis declare to be doing one thing they aren’t? To what function?

To be trustworthy, I’m unsure why some folks within the tech business wish to actually faux it till they make it — assuming they make it in any respect.

Again to the podcast, Oluwanifemi spoke with two specialists from The Consultants sequence regarding this, and I’m positive you’d like to listen to their views, and the editorial’s too. You possibly can hear right here. 

Topship’s $2.5m seed

If you happen to’ve adopted intently, you’d have observed that after the publication of our Y Combinator report, Emmanuel answered the query, “what issues are Y Combinator-backed startups fixing in Africa?”

Right this moment’s information is a couple of startup making an attempt to unravel one of many issues named Topship. If you happen to don’t know what the corporate does, don’t fear, I’ve bought you lined.

Topship is a Nigerian digital freight forwarder that lately accomplished the YC winter batch. It was based in 2020 after Co-founder and CEO, Moses Enenwali, observed a rise in retailers’ wants for transport parcels and cargo exterior of Nigeria. 

And yesterday, Monday, Could 16, 2022, the corporate introduced that it has raised a $2.5 million seed spherical to help retailers with worldwide transport.

The spherical was led by Flexport. Different members embody Y Combinator, Soma Capital, Starling Ventures, Olive Tree Capital, Capital X and True Capital, whereas a few of the particular person traders within the spherical embody Immad Akhund, Mercury CEO and Arash Ferdowsi, Co-founder of Dropbox.

Topship needs to make transport so simple as doable for African companies to export and import parcels and cargo to their prospects, suppliers, and distributors worldwide. 

The corporate says it allows 1,500 retailers to ship cargo and parcels from Nigeria to over 150 nations. 

Though it may possibly help Nigerian retailers in receiving parcel deliveries from different nations, it may possibly solely settle for cargo deliveries from america, the UK, and China.

The brand new funding offers Topship with enough funds to proceed and start operations in Ghana, Tanzania and Kenya. Additionally, a portion of the funding would go towards bettering its asset-light expertise and growing a proprietary world transport infrastructure to make imports and exports a lot quicker and simpler.

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Twiga Meals launches Twiga Recent

Twiga Meals, a B2B eCommerce startup, has introduced that it’s going to make investments as much as $10 million in Twiga Recent, a brand new subsidiary targeted on trendy and industrial farming.

Twiga Recent will assist scale up the manufacturing of home horticultural staples like onions, tomatoes, and watermelons.

Why Twiga Recent? Twiga Meals has used expertise since its inception to attach smallholder farmers with casual merchants. This has given producers entry to new markets and a big pool of consumers whereas additionally optimising the meals provide chain in its markets.

Nonetheless, Twiga claims that alongside the way in which, they’ve encountered traceability points, stock-outs, and value volatility, making it tough for the corporate to ship on its promise of affordability and meals safety. 

Consequently, Twiga believes Twiga Recent can enhance manufacturing management.

The corporate claims that the funding in Kenya will end in certainly one of Africa’s largest single horticultural farms targeted solely on the home market.

Additional, Twiga Meals plans to begin operations in Uganda and Tanzania quickly and can also be trying into new markets in Central and West Africa.

What I’m studying and watching


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Have a gorgeous Tuesday!

Victoria Fakiya for •.

Victoria Fakiya

A author with ADHD who’s taken with psychological well being and the way expertise is bettering the lives of Africans with ADHD.


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