The BIG5D Podcast explores the Africa-Middle East local and small business tech ecosystem by talking to the people who are building it.

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Episode 28: Vinny Lingham, Waitroom

This episode features South Africa Shark Vinny Lingham talking about his new company Waitroom, why South Africa will never be a tech innovation leader, the true promise of blockchain, and what it takes to be a successful entrepreneur. This episode is sponsored by Matchcraft

Episode 27: Gideon Greaves, CV VC

Episode 27 features Gideon Greaves, MD, Africa for CV VC, a Zurich-based blockchain-focused VC firm.Greaves was brought on last year to build the VC firm's Africa practice. As he explains in the podcast, there is plenty of activity among startups built on blockchain technology, many of which address small business pain points. What's missing, Greaves argues, is a stronger supporting ecosystem and more capital. Greaves will also speak at our upcoming BigFive Summit, 11-13 May 2022 in Cape Town.To receive the full, ad-free version of the podcast, please subscribe at ctlaughlin.substack.com/

Episode 26: Guy Futi, Orda

In 2020, Guy Futi left Jumia, where he ran Jumia Food in Nigeria, to launch Orda, a Lagos-based software company that aspires to be the operating system for small (and also large) restaurants across Africa.Great conversation about launching a business and raising money with a born entrepreneur.