Angel Money & Venture Capital | The Real

What!? Why are you being so greedy? – Kevin O’Leary, Venture Capitalist

I’ve made you a good offer, I believe a genuine offer. What are you going to do about it? Do you want it? – Barbara Corcoran, Real Estate Mogul

If you do counter, I will counter. – Daymond John, Fashion & Branding Expert

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Shark Tank is an American reality television series which premièred on ABC on August 9, 2009. It features business pitches from aspiring entrepreneurs to a panel of potential investors. As of 2012, the show was averaging 7 million viewers an episode.

Are you taking notes?

Angel Money & Venture Capital | The Good

A bit heavy for a Friday afternoon read, but indulge me.

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As always, we shall begin at the beginning…

The term “angel” comes from the practice in the early 1900’s (US) of wealthy businessmen investing in Broadway theatre productions.  These individuals fought all odds to put up the early stage seed money to launch the shows. Being the “sponsor” of a show carried prestige and potentially big returns that could be re-invested if the show was successful. In today’s world of corporate investment and financing, the term Angel Investors refers to a similar concept.

It’s been said that Angels aren’t average investors. They’re people who can financially afford to indulge in every way their love of entrepreneurship (with its associated extreme risk). Often angels are retired entrepreneurs or executives, who are mostly interested in investing on a level that goes beyond pure monetary return. These include wanting to keep abreast of current developments in a particular field, mentoring the next generation of entrepreneurs, and making use of their experience and networks on a less than full-time basis.

In addition, angel investors offer integral value beyond the funds they provide – they also bring you valuable industry experience, executive knowledge, creative ideas and those coveted business contacts.

So the question begs, what does the Kenyan market offer in terms of Angel Investors for your struggling start-up/SME? A quick search on Angel List reveals these https://angel.co/kenya/investors.

The flip-side of this coin is Venture Capital Financing. With VC Financing, companies can acquire large sums of money that would not be possible through bank loans or other conventional means. This is because, repayment of VC investors isn’t necessarily an obligation like it would be for a bank loan. Rather, investors are shouldering the investment risk because they believe in the company’s future success. So essentially, they allow you to build your company with OPM  – Other People’s Money 😉 – with the hope that it increases in value. So much so that you eventually list an IPO or sell to another company. The VC’s can then get a return on their investment capital.

Like Angels, venture capitalists also provide the expertise and industry connections that are extremely valuable. We have quite a number in Kenya. Most are concentrated in the tech sector;

– Fanisi Capital

– VC4Africa

– NaiLab

– iHub

– 88 MPH

– mLab

Now… how to get their attention, and more importantly their backing.

Find out as we share from our own experiences and observations with an especially interesting guest commentary from none other than George – one of our Lead Developers. He instructs us on “How To Survive An Alien Invasion” <—– His words, not mine.

Stick around.

MANDELA DAY 2013: INSPIRE CHANGE

Mandela Day is not a holiday. But a day devoted to service.

Mother Teresa – a woman much like Madiba, known to have dedicated her life to serving the most impoverished of our world – is quoted as having once said “I alone cannot change the world, but I can cast a stone across the waters to create many ripples.”

Join the Dash2Do team today, in casting a stone and making ripples across the waters of both homes and hearts in this great city of ours.

Newborns, Orphans, Veteran soldiers who fought for our independence but are now through no fault of their own, regrettably no longer able to fight the battle to meet their basic needs.
The homeless – Men, Women and Children in dire straits and with substantial need would benefit even more substantially from those items of clothing, toys, books, blankets and household goods stored and long-forgotten in the corner closet of your home.

Join the Dash2Do team today, in casting a stone and making ripples across the ages, generations, incomes and tribes. For it truly is in your hands, within your power to create a better world for these who live in it.

Get involved and make a difference. Dedicate your 67 minutes today to clearing out your closet storage. Then simply log in to dash2do.com and request for your free donation pick-up.

We’ll then collect and re-distribute the items through orphanages, hospitals, churches and non-governmental organizations to those who need them most. Any unclaimed items will be sold to provide some much needed cash for them to use.

Together, we take up the mantle. For a better today. And a changed tomorrow.

Dash2Do + You For Mandela Day 2013

MANDELA DAY 2013: TAKE ACTION

MANDELA DAY 2013

After his 90th birthday celebrations in London’s Hyde Park in 2008 Nelson Mandela said “It is time for new hands to lift the burdens. It is in your hands now,”

And Mandela Day was born.

67 minutes of service. Once a year.

Devoted to making a positive change in your community.

Dedicated to being the change that you want to see.

Together.

We take up the baton.

Home & Away

Home & Away

Far better is it to dare mighty things, to win glorious triumphs – even though checkered by failure – than to rank with those poor spirits who neither enjoy nor suffer much, because they live in a grey twilight that … Continue reading

Celebrating Kenya

Today is Madaraka Day. The golden anniversary of Kenya’s independence.

Today we celebrate

+ the remarkable resilience and resourcefulness of the Kenyan people.

+ the treasure of our natural resources; forests, mountains, wildlife, ocean, savannah, lakes.

+ every man, woman and child in every village, city and town across this great land.

+ the memory of those that went before us – likewise acknowledging the presence of heroes present – they that tirelessly and selflessly fought to recover and restore our nation’s freedom, our people’s dignity, our pride and heritage.

We lift up the Lord of all creation in thanksgiving. May all of Kenya continue to flourish, thrive, and enjoy the peace and prosperity that He’s laid up for us all.

Proudly Kenyan.

Dash2Do

The Right Side Of The Law

House-Cleaning

Times are changing, and Kenyan households are headed for a slight bend in the road as our national social security services provider moves to enforce a law requiring them to make social protection contributions for domestic workers.

All in all, when well executed, a strong statutory compliant relationship brings benefits to all the parties involved. So as the debate – and individual employers – rage on, our job here at Dash2Do is simple… keep you on the right side of the law by ensuring you’re registered (…well ahead of their looming deadline!)

The process takes some time but it’s not anywhere near as daunting as it may first appear…

 

 

Step I – Head on over to your nearest NSSF branch office and request for the requisite form. Alternatively, download and print our the available copy from their website.

Step II – Fill out accordingly, attach a copy of your KRA PIN certificate and National ID/Passport and submit back to your nearest/preferred branch.

Step III – On the scheduled date, make your way back to the same branch – this time remember to bring a copy of your househelp’s ID. As you to receive your acknowledgement letter which contains your individual employer code, submit his/her ID copy and they’ll feed it into their system under your code.

See? Simple really.

 😉 We know it’s time consuming, so why not let one of our Dashers do it for you!

Visit http://www.dash2do.com to make your simple task booking today!