Author: Nairobi Business Monthly Reporter

BY PETER WANYONYI Last month, this column made the case for the new Nairobi County administration to move Nairobi towards Smart City status. As noted then, a smart city is one that integrates information technology into its service provision. But after the snazzy presentations and fast-talking are done, a city – smart or dumb – has to get back to providing basic services to its residents. In the case of Nairobi, this begins with one of our most important service, one which just happens to be the most neglected, with the results of that neglect everywhere to be seen in…

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By David Wanjala The vibe in social, official and indeed all spheres for Kenyans is that everything is on hold until after elections. You will hear time and again, be it at place of work, your local pub or aboard public service vehicle to or from work a colleague or friend quip that his plans to finish off the house they have been building for the last four or so years, or to enroll for the masters degree programme, to buy a piece of land are on hold until after elections. It could be said in jest, but trust you…

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BY NEIL HERBERT With analysts estimating that up to 80 billion devices and sensors will be in the market by 2020, the need for real-time processing and analytics has escalated as companies work to realise the up to $8.9 trillion (Sh908 trillion) in additional revenue predicted to be unlocked by Internet of Things (IoT). This is also leading to the development of more than 200,000 new apps and services as companies aim to take advantage of the potential benefits of the Fourth Industrial Revolution by exploring new business models, optimisations, and revenue streams. However, business leaders are quickly learning that…

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By NBM writer Let’s start with you… My name is Towett Ngetich. I am a true son of the soil. I am 22 and the CEO Udhabiti Healthcare Tell us something about your background. I was born and raised in Nairobi although Kericho is where I call home. My mother was a Public Servant, which meant we moved around a lot, from Nairobi, Nakuru, Kericho, even Vihiga and Kakamega. We are a small family of three, two siblings of a single mum. What of your education? I sat for my KCPE at Kericho Primary before joining (The) Duke of York…

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BY VICTOR ADAR A 28 year old electrician, Maxie Waweru, is one hard working youth who considered entrepreneurship at a time when many young people are head over heels about having fun, and banking on pocket money and hand-outs from parents and relatives. Waweru’s is an electrical enterprise focusing on day to day electrical problems, offering a wide array of services including generator installation, machines and refrigeration repair, solar panel installation, lighting and designs, just to mention a few. Popular as Max, Maxie believes that if there is one thing people should avoid looking at as the stumbling block to…

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BY BENARD AYIEKO Globalization has played a key role in the growth of international trade, investments, information technology and outsourced manufacturing by weaving the economies of diverse countries together. This has led to socio-cultural and economic integration of global markets among different nations. International trade has flourished over the years due to the benefits it has offered to different countries across the globe and it accounts for a large share of a country’s Gross Domestic Product (GDP). It is also one of important sources of revenue for a developing country. Through globalization, countries have witnessed increased trade between each other…

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BY DAVID ONJILI Every Thursday or Friday, I do make it a personal initiative to watch a movie. Being an ardent sports man, I have a bias to movies that have a sporty theme. I have a rich collection that easily comes to mind; Bugs Bunny, Invictus, Remember the Titans, Karate Kid and most recently Coach Carter. Invictus is a movie worthy of your time; it’s a story of how the late Nelson Mandela uses the sport of rugby to unite an apartheid nation. How sporty. The Titans is another one like Invictus. It is all about integrating blacks into…

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BY TERRY MWANGI Have you ever wondered why you are emotionally attached to most items in your wardrobe? You have really tried but you can never seem to bring yourself to giving them away even though you haven’t worn them in ages? This is simply because you are a hoarder. Did you know that hoarding is a actually a disorder? It is a mental health condition characterized by a compulsive need to acquire and keep possessions even when they are not needed. You keep things in hopes that they will fit you someday or if you are like me, your…

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Ring, the leader in home security, has signed a value-added distribution (VAD) agreement with Arab Business Machine Middle East (ABM) for the Middle East and North Africa (MENA). ABM will promote and distribute Ring’s innovative home security products and solutions and offer value-added services through its extensive channel partner network. Ring is expanding its global presence and operations in response to the region witnessing a positive growth of the property sector with many developers focusing on building master-planned communities and the increasing demand for home security solutions. “Your home is not an asset – your home is a place that…

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BY TERRY MWANGI Unless you are under the club legal age and you are trying to lose your youthful edge so you can get through, nobody ever dresses up with the aim of looking old. We all grow up, whether we want it or not and to some, style evolves with it. Wardrobe and style choices that worked when you were younger may not be serving you well now. This does not mean limiting your clothing options (which takes away all the fun in dressing) but rather refining them to the pieces that suits you best.  With the wrong outfit…

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