I added some functionality to the blog so you will from now on be able to click on the images in the posts to view larger sized images. No more little pictures you can’t see very well.
Today marks the day where we have 42 days until Demo Day. On December 13th, we will be hosting a group investors, technologists and journalists to see the progress of our group of 88mph startup companies. We have team meetings 3 times a week to prepare for the event. Today we focused on pitching… Continue reading 88mph: Halfway Through the Program
I was forwarded this great idea today that uses Coke’s amazing distribution system in Africa to distribute life saving goods where they wouldn’t otherwise be shipped. Check out the story here: http://www.fastcoexist.com/1680640/piggybacking-on-cokes-supply-chain-to-deliver-aid Direct link: ColaLife
The whole reason we really wanted to hike that day was to visit a waterfall and do some swimming. As I relayed before, we paid a little more to get the chance to see the waterfall without knowing if we could even reach the falls. Our guide, James, mentioned a cliff we would need to… Continue reading Lake Magadi: The Waterfall
Gamsole is another one of the startups that I’m currently working with. It is a group of guys from Nigeria that focus on making African-themed games for all smartphones. This weekend I setup a new WordPress-based site for them. I’m definitely getting into using WordPress and creating custom themes. It’s fairly easy to do and… Continue reading 88mph: Gamsole
Apparently the rainy season is upon us in Nairobi. Last night we went to the second night of Oktoberfest. The music was awesome, the energy of the people was amazing and generally it was a good night. Then the rain started. Quickly the giant tent started to show it’s weaknesses by leaking at every seam… Continue reading Washed out at Oktoberfest
Jacob and I went out today to see the Toi Market. He needed some shirts and heard that you can get really good deals. We arrived and the place was packed. The shops are about 8ft x 10ft all clumped together in an area that’s a couple acres big. The building is made of wooden… Continue reading Toi Market
Big 5 Breweries (same bar that’s in our building) is putting on Oktoberfest this weekend just across the street at the Impala Club. It’s a 3 day, beer, music and food festival. We went last night and were greeted by a power outage. After about 30 minutes the power came back on and we were… Continue reading Oktoberfest in Nairobi
One of the biggest planned activities while in Ngurumani was to hike up in the mountains in the surrounding area. We set out around 8 in the morning for a 3 hour tour, a 3 hour tour. Our primary goal in the hike was to stop at a waterfall at the top. It was probably… Continue reading Lake Magadi: The Hike
I find that I blog a lot about food; however, when most of my life revolves around it, I find it interesting. Without further ado, boxed milk. It’s what you buy here. I’ve never had dragonfruit so I bought some the other day. It’s like a big kiwi. Here’s a video of me giving it… Continue reading Boxed Milk and Dragonfruit
Every Wednesday night 88mph sets up a dinner with guests that range from entrepreneurs to investors. It’s an opportunity to learn a bit about other businesses in Kenya and primarily to ask for advice and tips. Tonight we had Dylan and Ben come in from Kopo Kopo. They are two guys from the U.S. (Seattle… Continue reading Dylan and Ben from Kopo Kopo
Here’s the view from my bedroom window from the 4th floor at the Eldon Villas. Isn’t it lovely? And just to the right is where I have lunch every day. So essentially my world during the week consists of an area that’s roughly the size of a football field. I need to get out more.… Continue reading Bedroom View
A quick post, but thought I’d share where I stayed the first night in Ngurumani. The toilet had a shower head over it; great for multi-tasking. Large spiders littered the room, but I was grateful of their mosie-killing abilities. Kenyan pancakes are great with Nutella.
I got through the pictures faster than I could write to tell the tale. You’ll find over 300 pictures from our trip to Lake Magadi on my smugmug site. This should keep you plenty busy tonight. http://photography.jbwoodruff.com/Travel/Kenya-2012/201210LakeMagadi/
I was just watching a news story while eating lunch and learned an interesting fact about beliefs on albinism in Kenya. There are some who believe that the body parts of people with albinism are magical and therefore will pay for them. As such, there are some who will attack these individuals, cut off various… Continue reading Persons with Albinism in Kenya
Just down the street in the mall there is a place that has delicious fajitas. This makes me happy.
I got the chance to talk to Shannon this morning via text messages after two weeks of little contact. It was great. She is having tons of fun and is sorry to see that her journey is close to its end. Today is a relaxing spa day for them with a little shopping. I put… Continue reading Shan’s Headed Home
Jacob and I headed out to explore a bit and came across a couple things. I have a restaurant here. The sign says J.B. Restaurant. Sony is expanding beyond consumer electronics. Window shopping for your meat. St. Lukes Hospital Nairobi. Pretty sure I’m not going here. The true source of Pier One’s wicker. Bee keeping.