n 1988, Purdue University strategy scholar Arnold Cooper and two colleagues asked 3,000 entrepreneurs two simple questions: “What are the odds of your business succeeding?” and “what are the odds of any business like yours succeeding?” Founders claimed that there was an 81% chance, on average, that they would succeed but gave only a 59% probability of success for other ventures like their own.

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  • Building the future in tertiary education.

    This week on Series V, we explore some factors that should be considered as entrepreneurs seek to build edtech companies that will bridge the gaps in Africa’s tertiary education space. Please forward to a friend and share on your social media. We love to get feedback and suggestions, you can send them here.

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  • The Matter of Exits

    Today’s edition is a based on an edited reproduction of a tweet storm by Kola from a few weeks ago. We would love to know what you think? — over to Kola

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  • Networking Should Not Look Like Networking

    Last week in Series V, we published a half-fictional essay about startup founders and mental health in partnership with Justin Irabor. You can still catch up past editions here. Please forward to a friend and share on your social media. We love to get feedback and suggestions; you can send them here.

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  • Human Compilation Error

    Today’s edition was produced in partnership with Justin Irabor. It is a half-fictional essay about startup founders and mental health. We think you’ll like this one. As always, give us feedback about the newsletter here, and please share. (Catch up on past editions here.)

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  • Bootstrapping

    The term, as used in the 19th century, meant “to pull oneself up by one’s bootstraps” and it was often used to describe scaling a fence. (This implied someone was attempting a far-fetched or impossible task).

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  • Investing in Thank U Cash

    One view of technology is that it extends man’s reach beyond his grasp. That is, it helps us do things we could not do before, but also helps us do the things we can already do, better. This is the big pitch of many startups building the future of Africa.

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