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Building For Our Markets: Operating Within Our Constraints

Building For Our Markets: Operating Within Our Constraints

I recently attended a workshop titled “The Curse of the Kenyan Startup.” It examined the challenges faced by new companies in Africa, especially in Kenya.  The chair and panelists focused on discussing the reasons that keep Kenyan startups from attaining global reach. These included (1) lack of funding, (2) poor execution by the founding and … read more

Providing Connectivity: My LTE Tour of Kenya

Providing Connectivity: My LTE Tour of Kenya

Providing connectivity in remote regions of Kenya is challenging. I would know. After staying in Dadaab Refugee Camp for well over six years, providing access to the internet to refugees and humanitarian workers, I imagined I had experienced the toughest connectivity scenario possible. Well, that was before I scaled the heights of the Lolldaiga Hills … read more

Introducing BRCK Labs

Introducing BRCK Labs

BRCK has always been committed to innovating in emerging markets. Regardless of what we’ve accomplished in the past, we aren’t going to be complacent about the future. And BRCK Labs is how we plan on ensuring that.  At BRCK, we understand that the technology paradigms that work in other parts of the world do not necessarily … read more

The Lewa Marathon: My Experience

The Lewa Marathon: My Experience

Camping, outdoor fun, and keeping fit are part of an undocumented culture within BRCK. You see, more than half our team is always very excited when there is an outdoor activity. The Lewa Marathon is a significant activity on our calendar and BRCK has taken part for the past four years. This experience is purely about … read more

PERSONAS

PERSONAS

WHAT ARE PERSONAS Personas are fictional, generalized characters that encompass the various needs, goals, and observed behavior patterns among your real and potential customers. Personas should be informed by research, ideally qualitative and quantitative.Personas should be used as a tool to summarize and communicate research results, building personas can help improve the way you solve … read more

Moja + LTE: Extending affordable access further

Moja + LTE: Extending affordable access further

This week at Mobile World Congress Barcelona, Facebook and BRCK are announcing the open sourcing of Magma, a software platform that contains the tools needed to deploy and extend LTE mobile networks in under-connected and unconnected areas of the world. This includes software powering the mobile packet core and network automation and management tools. The … read more

BRCK Acquires the Surf Network

BRCK Acquires the Surf Network

BRCK has long been on a mission to create an onramp to the internet for people who can’t afford it regularly.  To this end, we built the SupaBRCK that runs the Moja Network, and then started expanding that service in Kenya and Rwanda.  Moja is about getting everyone online, even if you can’t afford it, … read more

Why Silicon Valley should pay more attention to the Great Rift Valley (and other places in Africa)

Why Silicon Valley should pay more attention to the Great Rift Valley (and other places in Africa)

This is a guest post by Philip Smart, a UNC-Chapel Hill student from the US, sharing his takeaways from a summer in Africa interning for BRCK. BRCK is a disruptive Kenyan startup with a mission to connect Africa to the Internet. Central to the company’s mission is building technology for Africans by Africans—this poster hangs … read more

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