As a general rule, we’re not a society that takes well to failure. Any Kenyan in business will tell you that it’s an all or nothing, win or lose, take-no-prisoners race to the top from the start.
There just is no middle ground.
I believe it was sometime early last year… as a team we were being faced with the harsh reality that although we had a brilliant platform, take up had been extremely slow. As a result, we’d come to the point where we needed to take stock, weigh our options and come up with new ways of generating the income needed to keep us afloat through this rough patch.
Congregated in the call centre for what was becoming more of a brainstorming session rather than re-strategization meeting, our focus was the scene that was playing out before us. A YouTube clip of AirB’nB at FailCon 2011.
Their journey read like an extract from our own story.
Little did we realize that as they had made their way to every breakfast table in America, we were destined to knock on every door in every neighbourhood in Nairobi.
My willingness to fail, gives me the ability to succeed. – Vinod Khosla, Founder Khosla Ventures
*FailCon is a one-day conference for technology entrepreneurs, investors, developers, and designers to study their own and others’ failures and prepare for success.