Soud Hyder's ramblings on technology and business. All views expressed herewith are Soud's own and are not necessarily associated with his ventures, partners or clients.


  • #FindFuel; A Case of Social Media Solving a Practical Problem in Nairobi

    Robert Kunga (@mwirigi) amplified the hashtag #FindFuel to help Nairobi motorists identify petrol stations that had stock amidst the shortage. He aggregated the tweets on the Motogari blog. Within an hour the tag was trending on the local scene, this was around 1430-1530hrs on 3rd May. Most people in the Kenyan tech scene are familiar [...]

  • Social Media

    Social media is no longer a fad. Its changing the way we interact, organise and also how business is done. New ways of doing business have been found, new ways of engaging with stakeholders, end users and citizens continue to emerge. Social media has led to deepening democracy and civic engagement. It has helped leaders [...]

  • [PODCAST] Review of Impact Investing Study by CMA with Bankelele

    [podcast]http://www.soudhyder.com/wp-content/podcasts/bankelele_25thFEB2011.mp3[/podcast] This is an interview with Limo Taboi popularly known as Bankelele a prominent financial analyst. Limo reviews the Impact Investing Study Report done by the CMA and funded by the Rockefeller Foundation. Limo describes and analysis stylistic investment features currently employed within the region by institutional investors and points out on the way forward [...]

  • Why Al Jazeera Might Be The News House of The Decade!

    I happened to grow up at a time when there was significant change in the world in and around me. In the early nineties, Kenya’s first private TV station signed up to rebroadcast CNN, which filled up a significant chunk of their 24hr programming. In fact such a concept was by itself extraordinary given that [...]

  • Social Media; Catalysis of Modern Day Revolutions

    There has been a growing debate that seems to have heated up over the past few weeks as hordes of protesters took out to the streets in Tunisia and Egypt. The Iranian election crisis marked an inflexion point for social media, for a period of about two weeks there was sustained attention on Iran by [...]

  • Africa’s First CMAD; Community Managers Awareness Day

    Despite the sporadic traffic apparently influenced by light Monday afternoon showers pouring over Nairobi, the planned meetup evolved into what I’d call a roundup of thought leaders in Kenya’s digital and social media scene. Albeit starting an hour late to accommodate a critical mass of brainpower, the event was a resounding success. Apart from the [...]

  • Community Mangers Appreciation Day | #CMAD #CMADNBO

    The past year has seen exponential growth of social media use in Kenya. Facebook clearly is leading, but use of Twitter and velocity of information transfer via Twitter is extremely encouraging. Local personalities, brands and organisations are increasingly flocking to Twitter. The question however is what value does this additional information bring to the already [...]

  • A Post on Economics & Politics; The Information Revolution In Africa!

    Tunisia has consistently been blinking on my internet radar this past week. The ‘Jasmine Revolution’ as they call it; resulted in the ousting of Ben Ali, the once strong fisted ruler of Tunisia and darling of the so called ‘Western Friends’ who betrothed him once he opened up Tunisia’s economy to their interests. Many theories [...]

  • Its All Bullish In Kenya

    If there is any time to be an entrepreneur, specifically a techpreneur in Kenya, the time is now. The fundamentals are positive, a growing economy with increasing disposable income, a pro-technology policy approach by the government, high velocity of money circulation influenced by mobile money and an emerging financial services structure based on the mobile [...]

  • Recognising Africa’s Entrepreneurs

    It is often said that small to mid sized entrepreneurs form the basis of modern economies as such enterprises tend to be the engines of production and employment. This results in the respective consumption and growth of economies. A new Africa is in the making; a continent spurred by ambition and enthused with hard work. [...]

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