Twitter ban lifted, cracking YC’s SAFE, SeamlessHR’s $10m funding

Hello there, 

Right now, I’m discussing:

  • Nigeria’s Twitter ban
  • Cracking YC’s SAFE
  • SeamlessHR’s $10m Sequence A

Twitter ban lifted

Picture by <a href=””>Claudio Schwarz | @purzlbaum</a> on <a href=””>Unsplash</a>

After a number of months of accessing Twitter with a digital non-public community (VPN), it appears I may be cancelling my VPN subscription from my month-to-month funds. 

In keeping with The Nation, the federal authorities of Nigeria has lifted the ban on Twitter with the approval of the President, Muhammadu Buhari. 

 The approval was introduced by Kashifu Inuwa Abdullahi, Director-Common, Nationwide Info Know-how Improvement Company (NITDA). 

However I’m nonetheless utilizing a VPN. In keeping with Abdullahi, the ban will likely be lifted at exactly 12 a.m., Thursday, January 13, 2022. I’m writing this text a day earlier than, so I can’t verify if Twitter will work with out a VPN. 

Nonetheless, I hope it really works as a result of I’ve formally exited my VPN Household subscription WhatsApp group. 

The federal authorities indefinitely blocked entry to Twitter on Friday, June 4, 2021. It was introduced by the Federal Ministry of Info and Tradition through its Twitter and Fb handles. 

The Minister for Info and Tradition, Lai Mohammed, stated the platform was getting used for “actions which are able to undermining Nigeria’s company existence.” 

The ban was met with outrage by Nigerians who felt it was a trample on their elementary human rights. 

If you happen to’d like to go down reminiscence lane, listed here are some articles that examined the consequences of the Twitter ban, reactions to it and occasions that occurred after it. 

Cracking YC’s SAFE

On Monday, January 10, 2022, startup accelerator Y Combinator introduced that it might be rising its deal dimension for future investments from $125,000 to $500,000. 

Whereas this looks as if nice information, as startups will get extra funding, there are some considerations about what this might imply for the startup ecosystem. 

The brand new deal has some caveats which have some individuals anxious. It would proceed to take a position $125,000 because it all the time does, however the further $375,000 will likely be one thing known as an uncapped easy settlement for future fairness (SAFE). 

Chimgozirim will assist us make sense of what this implies later immediately. Be sure you be careful for it. 

SeamlessHR will get $10m funding

SeamlessHR founders (L-R): Deji Lana (CTO) and Emmanuel Okeleji (CEO). Supply: Provided.

Nigeria-based HR startup, SeamlessHR, has raised a $10 million Sequence A led by TLcom Capital. Collaborating within the spherical are Capria Ventures and Ingressive Capital.

SeamlessHR helps companies handle staff with a cloud-based human useful resource (HR) system.

Based in 2013 by Emmanuel Okeleji and Deji Lana, SeamlessHR began as a jobs aggregator platform — Insidify. It crawled roles from a number of job web sites and matched job seekers through its recruitment administration system. 

After a number of iterations, the startup morphed into what’s now referred to as SeamlessHR in 2018. By 2020 it had an fascinating checklist of purchasers — NIBSS, Providus Financial institution, PwC, Sterling Financial institution, Wema Financial institution — in Nigeria and Ghana. 

The startup has grown within the final 4 years, dealing with HR administration, payroll, and recruitment administration for organisations with about 10 thousand staff or extra. 

Okeleji informed TechCrunch the corporate has the “largest aggregation of medium-to-very massive corporations in Africa.”

Apparently, it plans to make use of its years of gathering payroll knowledge to launch embedded finance merchandise for workers. 

The corporate is trying to increase into South Africa and East African nations. It is usually hinting at the potential for increasing past Africa.

You possibly can go deeper right here: Nigeria’s SeamlessHR raises $10M to increase HR and payroll options throughout Africa

What I’m studying 

  • #TwitterBan: Nigerian TV, radio stations, others can now not tweet or patronise Twitter. Learn
  • #Twitterban: Nigeria is borrowing a leaf from China’s playbook. Learn
  • Ladies Who Lead. Learn


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Bolu Abiodun

He’s a geek, a sucker for Blockchain and an all-round tech lover.


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