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I enjoy building useful things | Product & user-centered design expert | Serial builder | Artist | Software Dev | Lagos, Nigeria | https://twitter.com/Eko__A

A new YC batch is upon us and you can feel the buzz among founders as they prepare their applications in an attempt to join the highly rated Y Combinator accelerator program.

I’ve had the opportunity to work with some interesting founders on their applications and I’m really excited about the future of the ecosystem. I personally believe that the YC application stage is one of the hardest parts of the process as you have to distinguish your start-up from over 15,000 applicants from across the world. It can be hard!

As someone who has previously made it past the…


Every day, I discover new & interesting tools/products from awesome companies & founders across the world. I’m going to attempt to share a list of 5 of them every week till the end of the year. This article will be updated weekly with the most recent additions at the bottom. I hope some of them are interesting & useful to you as well.

Week 1

  1. Copy.ai: If you run a small startup/business but can’t afford a full time a content writer for your website, social media posts etc. You can get a bot to do it at https://copy.ai
  2. Angel Match: If you…


How to build an MVP without coding

An idea that is developed and put into action is more important than an idea that exists only as an idea.— Buddha

If you’re a non-technical entrepreneur or product person, it can be really difficult to build that MVP(small version of your idea) that you need to get initial feedback from customers. You don’t have the coding skills and may not have the money to hire developers to bring your idea to life.

So you let it go, miss that opportunity... till someone else builds a billion dollar company from a similar idea and you become that person that goes…


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This is a true story of something I witnessed a couple of years ago during my early days in tech. Was it a bad idea? A bad execution?or just an unlucky day? I’d let you be the judge of that.

This story comes from a time before I made the career switch from professional software engineering to core product development and is probably one of the experiences that opened my eyes to the importance of building great products. At this time, I worked at a relatively new Lagos based start-up that built bespoke software solutions for businesses and also had…


Bambooks

There’s a popular saying that goes “If you want to hide information from a black man, put it in a book” however, studies have shown that low reading rates among Africans & their descendants is majorly due to low literacy levels and difficulty in accessing reading materials.

This article gives a high level view of the Product design process of Bambooks, a mobile product that aims to challenge this notion by leveraging on the improved rate of internet penetration & technological advancement in Africa to drive a reading culture.

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Bambooks is a digital library that offers users access to thousands…


Opay

Oride(Opay) is an all-in-one mobile app that brings together motorbike ride hailing(Oride), mobile money(Opay) & fast food delivery(Ofood) services in one app. Opay was the first to launch in the Nigerian market after Opera’s acquisition of Paycom in 2017. Oride launched more recently in May 2019 while Ofood is still in beta development.

There has been a lot of buzz around the product since it launched and it’s easy to spot motorbike riders with the “P” logo on their helmets anywhere around Lagos.

I’ve used the app for about a month now and decided to write a review. …


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With the recent global technology boom, there has been a rapid increase in the number of apps and startups coming up each day. One common issue start-up founders or app developers face is how to make money from their app or website.

Generating revenue is one of the most important parts of running a tech start up. It’s what pays for the servers, lights and salaries but sadly most founders don’t know the best model to generate revenue. Below is a list of popular app monetization models and the types of products they work best with:

1. Ads

This is probably the…


This article is about how my team and I designed a platform we believe will revolutionize online dating & friendships in Africa. The project follows the thought process of Maslow’s heirarchy of needs. We started by building an MVP and released a beta version to gather feedback & test out some of our hypothesis. In less than 48 hours, the beta app achieved over 1000 registered users. Here’s how we designed the product.

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An online platform that makes it easy for Africans to meet new people, find potential spouses or partners for casual dating. …


If you’re like most smartphone owners across the world, your average day is probably filed with a lot of scrolling, swiping and tapping. It really can be difficult to tear yourself away from your smartphone or tablet. With games, social media and emails at the tip of your fingers, it’s easy to be constantly distracted by your smartphone.

A combined research from Nielsen, Pew Research Center, comScore, SmartInsights, and other organizations showed that the average person spends over four hours a day on their mobile device. …


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On the 16th of February 2019, Nigerians will come together to decide the leadership of the country for the next 4 years. It will be the sixth quadrennial elections since the end of military rule in 1999 and aspirants have turned to the use of different strategies, techniques and tools to sway voters to their side. One of the most popular being the use of the internet and social media.

The use of the internet and social media in politics including Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, and recently Snapchat has dramatically changed the way campaigns are run and how Nigerians interact with…

Eko Adetolani

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