Episode 001: Iyinoluwa Aboyeji – Empowering People, Building Platforms and Getting Power.

I fell into the technological space by accident

I am super excited to launch the first episode of Building the Future podcast. It’s taken a lot of months and coffee drinking sessions to get here.

In this episode, I sat down with my good friend Iyin Aboyeji. He was the first person I reached out to interview for my podcast, and he said yes immediately. He came over to the hotel I was staying in Lagos after midnight and we recorded this episode late into 2 AM.

In this podcast, we explore how to build platforms. Not just any kind of platform, but the kind that enables the next generations of African entrepreneurs to build scalable businesses across the continent.

Iyin was a co-founder at Andela, a talent accelerator startup which raised $24m from Mark Zuckerberg’s foundation. He later left to start Flutterwave, a payment processing company which is growing really fast and had raised money from several other investors including Ycombinator.  He is a serial entrepreneur, and is widely accepted as one of the leading African founders and was listed in Forbes 30 under 30 influencers in Africa.

The best entrepreneurs are the ones that don’t follow the rules

So we talked about Iyin’s previous businesses…why he wanted to be a taxi driver, how he sold his first business in his final year at the University of Waterloo….what led to Andela…and why he jumped ship to start Flutterwave.

But that’s not all… we had in-depth discussions on payment processing platforms such as Flutterwave obviously :), Paystack, Stripe, Amplify Pay among others. The point was to find out what works best, but as E says, “the game is aggregation.”

In This Episode, You’ll Learn…

  • Government regulations and how significant impact innovation in the African tech space
  • How to pivot from a struggling startup to a multinational company employing hundreds of people through Andela fellowship
  • Money is an important tool for maintaining independence
  • What is Andela business model and how you can apply it in other sectors even if you are not technical
  • The growth of fintech companies in Africa, and why building payment infrastructure is super important for growth in the continent
  • Flutterwave….its unique proposition and what makes it different
  • The best entrepreneurs are the ones that don’t follow the rules


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