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The Bible or any faith-based Devotional
There are lots of gems in Africa, and writing is one of them. I’m a big reader and supporter of African writers. With giants and pioneers like Chinua Achebe and Ngũgĩ wa Thiong’o; you don’t have to look too hard to find great fiction and non-fiction to read and be richly entertained.
Book: No Longer At Ease. By Chinua Achebe
Obi was very smart in school as a young child. He was chosen by his own people and sent abroad to study. His time abroad to a large extent was a failure. Upon return, he still holds a lot of promise and is poised to succeed. Instead, he faces more troubles and challenges.
With ambivalence towards his traditional culture and customs, he attempts to emulate European customs to demonstrate he is ‘advanced’. Obi was a man of admirable ideals, but when the going got tough, his values was broken. He took bribes and corruption which eventually lead to his inevitable downfall.
The story overall symbolizes the pressures and difficulties faced by someone who appears to embody an African success story. Yet, he is taken down by the propensity for corruption around him, fueled by obligation to support one’s clan, community and people.
- As novel begins, we are introduced to a scene in the courtroom that makes us wonder, why does a man trained, well educated and with a good job face such a fate.
- It is possible to have the world at your feet, but still be able to screw things up.
- Obi is a very talented, well intentioned and educated graduated returning studies in England.
- He had gone there through scholarship (loan) money from this village people.
- Upon return, he had to establish a life for himself and repay that money.
- Obi into the system of his country, and despite his good intentions, circumstances after circumstances started going wrong for him.
- Holding strong to his ideals, he attempts to defy tradition in order to find his true love.
- With time, relationship with his fiance crumbles and his financial situation is a complete disaster.
- Despite his good job, at the end of the month he barely has money to live to the expectation of his class, not to talk of paying his loans and giving back to his family.
- Obi employs strict austerity measures too, stops paying his back his scholarship loans and lives on a tight budget at home, but that doesn’t help either.
- Soon he find himself digging deeper into one hole after the other.
- Despite his bad romantic and financial situation, corruption around him continues and the temptation grows even bigger.
- Obi caught between two world and two realities. He either stays true to his ideals and struggles through all the hardship that befalls him, or give in and take bribes as quick way to resolve issues.
- The pressure eventually gets too much, he caves in and takes bribe.
One, then two, then many to take care of his financial situation.
- Still sticking to his ideals, Obi never felt comfortable with the situation, was ready to stop.
- Just then, as he took the last bribe, he was caught in a sting operation, and his whole world comes crashing before him.
- And then we are made to wonder, why does a man trained, well educated and with a good job face such a fate.
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Podcasts for Entrepreneurs
|Ventured||From Kleiner Perkins: Randy Komisar and friends. Check out Bill Campbell episode.|
|How to Start a Startup||The biggest names in Silicon Valley take on a topic in this Stanford lecture series|
|Startup Podcast||Following 1 startup a year, NPR-style storytelling|
|Entrepreneurial Thought Leaders||More talks at Stanford by Steve Blank, Elon Musk, Reid Hoffman, etc.|
|Traction||Getting growth between seed and A round|
|Dorm Room Tycoon||The biggest names, interviewed skillfully|
|Work in Progress||37 Signals execs talk openly and honestly about running the company|
|Design Details Podcast||Designers at GoPro, Etsy, Pinterest talk shop|
|Product People||Emphasis on virality and engagement; Aimed at bootstrappers|
|UX and Growth Podcast||Hubspot Designers/Developers talk their subjects|
|A16Z||A16Z partners talk about current tech topics|
|Tech In Boston||Interviews of players in the Boston tech ecosystem|
|Bothsides TV||Mark Suster and guests. I’ll consume anything Mark puts out.|
|Intercom.io Podcast||Product management, design, and marketing|
|Exponent||Tech and Society: Ben Thompson and James Allworth’s weekly discussion|
|The Tim Ferriss Show||Author/investor Tim Ferriss interviews world class performers|
|Foundation with Kevin Rose||Terrific TV from the very connected investor Kevin Rose|
|Founder Calls with Aaron Levie||Fun but still meaty. Aaron Levie of Box interviews his peers|
|Re/Code Decode||More journalism than education:stars interviewed by Kara Swisher|
|The Rocketship Podcast||Lots of accelerator grads and MDs; ability to search by topic|
|Venture Studio||Dave Lerner’s terrific interviews primarily with NY-based investors|
|Customer Success Radio||Interviews about growth and metrics with solid guests|
|The Growth Show (Hubspot)||Interviews from Warby Parker to Facebook to AirBnB to Heady Topper|
|The Startup Chat||Two pros chat about SaaS, metrics, Growth|
|VentureBeat’s What to Think||Tech news|
|Full Ratchet||Interviews with partners at Spark, Social Capital, other cutting edge VCs|
|This is Product Management||Everything through the eyes of Product. One guest per week|
|Hallway Chat||Fun. Two Spark Capital VCs discuss trends. (But most shows dated)|
|Million Dollar Insights||Top SaaS practitioners interviewed|
|Tech.eu||Discussion of European startup news|
|The Pitch||Like SharkTank, with guest VCs–easy, fun listening|
|Collective Wisdom for Tech Startups||VCs doing a deep dive with startup CEOs|
|From Scratch Podcast||Half startup gods, half inspirational people from the real world|
|Product Hunt Radio||Hippest podcast going, interviews by Ryan Hoover.|
|Reboot||CEOs baring their souls to Jerry Colonna, a top Executive Coach|
|The James Altucher Show||Quirky writer/entrepreneur interviews A-listers|
|HBR IdeaCast||HBR editors discuss their articles–can be dry|
|Venture Voice||Plenty of interesting guests–albeit from 7 years ago|
|Startup Grind||Live interviews from conferences of bigger names|
|Seedcamp Podcast||Good guest list, mostly Americans being interviewed by British accelerator|
|Startups for the Rest of Us||Small business approach rather than venture-backed startups|
|LeanStartupCo||Interviews with practitioners of Lean Startup techniques by Eric Ries & co|
|Acquired||Tech acquisitions that actually went well|
|Mixergy||From big names to unknowns–check transcripts first. More details below.|
|The App Guy Podcast||Startup discussion revolving around mobile apps|
|TwentyMinuteVC||VCs fawned over by an overenthusiastic Brit.|
|Developer Tea||Quick topics for coders|
|This Week in Startups||The best guests ever. The polarizing Jason Calacanis as host. Highest highs, frequent lows|
|The O’Reilly Data Show Podcast||Data Scientists. Pretty dry.|
|500 Startups Podcast||Not as good as their YouTube stuff. Discontinued?|
|The Talk Show with John Gruber||Discussion with Guest Pundits. Too longwinded and rambling|
|Hack the Entrepreneur||mixed crowd|
|Hack to Start||Plenty better than this|
|Seth Godin’s Startup School||Very basic. One topic per lecture. If you like Godin (I don’t), it’s an A-|
|NYRD Radio||A discontinued but fun podcast with Alexis Ohanian of Reddit|
|Perpetual Traffic||Panel discusses getting paid traffic to websites.|
|Startup Nation||Israeli entrepreneurs|
|Women Who Startup Radio||Panel style discussion of, by and for women entrepreneurs|
|Startup School Radio||Interviews mostly of YC alums and staff|
|Angel Insights||European/British Angels|
|The Competitive Edge||A few good names, but generally schlocky|
|SaaS Revolution Show||Probably the weakest of the SaaS specialty broadcasts, but not just SaaS|
|She Did It Her Way||Interviews with female entrepreneurs|
|The Gently Mad||“Inspirational” startup stories with soul-searching|
|The Slow Hustle Podcast||Founder lessons on “managing the pendulum swing”|
|Ask Gary Vee||Over-caffeinated celebrity-investor host offers good insights delivered like AM radio. Not my style, but plenty love him.|
|Angel Investing with Tatyana Gray||For beginning angels…by a relatively new investor.|
|Entrepreneur on Fire||Popular for reasons beyond me. Pass.|
|Steve Blank Podcast||Voice-overs of Steve’s blogposts by other people|
|Zen Founder||The soft stuff: how to survive as a founder, by a psychologist|
|The Struggling Entrepreneur||For solo, underfunded entrepreneurs|
|Go For Launch||Total “Get Rich Quick” crap. Avoid at all costs|
Resources relating to startup and entrepreneurial events in and around the Twin Cities MN. Of course, before you get global you must start local.
http://www.meetup.com/StartUp-TwinCities/ * always search on meetup for other events.
A few YouTube Gems
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