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Serving WordPress over HTTPS with Caddy and DigitalOcean Spaces

The other day, I thought to update this blog, and in turn, the service stack that I use to host it so that I could solve some general problems I had ...more

On New York

Every time I visit New York, I struggle with so many feelings. Feelings of gratitude, to at this point in my life, have the opportunity to visit and ...more

On New Year Resolutions

One of the things I want to do this year is write something of value that I've learned here at least once a month. That's a stretch goal. Why? The ...more

On the role of a leader

I learned from Tim Brown and IDEO that a leader's role is not to always have the answer, but to create the conditions for things to ...more

On Teamwork and Winning

[Pocock] suggested that Joe think of a well rowed race as a symphony and himself as just one player in the orchestra. If one fellow in the orchestra ...more

Bigger and better

Growing up, I had very present and instructive parents. My little brother and I got a lot of "this is how you behave when insert situation here" ...more

Opportunities in Africa - the cart before the horse

TL;DR: The cart before the horse refers to solving African problems in the wrong order. For example, Problem - Internet Access: Sponsoring free ...more

On character (secundus)

Character. We can't give what we don't have. We've got to work within because we can't give without. There is always a role for catalysts, but even ...more

On success

Success does not come from having one’s work recognized by others. It is the fruit of the seed that you lovingly planted. When harvest time arrives, ...more

On character

I have always believed that of all qualities available to a person the most important is integrity. This to me is the beginning of all wisdom; to be ...more

On being black

For me, being black means in a word 'disadvantaged.' The moral and emotional fabric of western civilization is based on the concept that black and ...more

Appreciate the journey

Recently, I have caught myself a few times backtracking and re-imagining how life would be for me if I had made certain decisions differently, or if ...more

You are responsible for the energy you bring

In the past two weeks, I have had the opportunity to reflect on the happenings of 2014, my objectives going into it, and how much progress I made ...more

[In Progress] Planning an African Festival in Austin, TX

I'm building a team in Q1 2015 to explore the viability of a large scale African festival in Austin. The focus is to expose the positive and ...more

I am. Who are you?

We can't be everything to everyone. We have to decide who we want to be, and then live that reality. The ego says, I need to look good, so I do ...more

On Leadership

A piece on leadership, so well articulated by the folks at “Leadership is a sacred trust like priesthood in civilized, humane religions. ...more

On believing things we do not understand

People, don't be baited into fighting. I've noticed that a lot of us don't read articles, care little about history, and have but extremely shallow ...more

Hooking on to the Nigerian twitter firehose

As most people who know me are aware of, I'm originally Nigerian. In fact, I spent the early 19 years of my life in Nigeria, growing and being bred. ...more

5 Things You Should Do To Earn That Promotion

Since I've gone off the road of being an individual contributor on teams to being a business leader, I've found myself getting a lot of requests for ...more

Ubuntu [a manifesto for making better by being better]

No 'I's or 'US'es. 'WE', this universal bond that ties all of humanity. Good deeds and kindness send positive vibes in the universe that ripple way ...more

Pay It Forward

"Do what you can, with what you have, where you are." - Theodore Roosevelt Marketing sometimes could be as simple as offering people in need our low ...more

Knowledge is power, and what else?

You know, since I’ve taken a very keen interest in reading anything and everything with an open and expectant mind, I have to say, there’s way more ...more

Maya Angelou on Identity

When people tell you who they are, Maya Angelou famously advised, believe them. Just as importantly, however, when people try to tell you who you ...more

Bob Dylan on thoughts, being successful and the “Me Decade”

First of all, there’s two kinds of thoughts in your mind: there’s good thoughts and evil thoughts. Both come through your mind. Some people are more ...more

Don't forget to swim

The other day, I gave some thought to reducing the length of my posts. I'm learning a lot from bloggers who are incredibly busy but still find the ...more

Cloud Computing and the Future of Business

According to Wikipedia, Cloud computing, or something being in the cloud, is a colloquial expression used to describe a variety of different types of ...more

Challenging our subconscious thought patterns [from east to west]

I remember growing up in a very strict, religious environment. We were in church or church related activities at least 4 days in the week and I was ...more

Small ways to improve your customer service

I came across these slides on Slideshare today by Greg Meyer, at the time he was a member of the Salesforce Customer WOW team. Some of the tips ...more

Gathering Momentum for Success [leveraging small wins]

Success requires momentum, momentum is gathered by doing the right things and doing them quick enough. Back to our basic physics, momentum is mass by ...more

Product + Human

I am fortunate to be part of a fundamental change in the way consumers perceive products and services in the world we are today. Excellence in ...more

How to be a genius at anything [seek to know, yet, seek to see]

Succinctly, be an opportunist. In today's world, it is very important to be intelligent, hard working and talented. But it is not enough. ...more

On creating great products [1995 Cringley/Steve Jobs Interview Excerpt]

CRINGLEY: What's important to you in the development of a product? JOBS: One of the things that really hurt Apple was that after I left, John Scully ...more

Smiling [as a competitive advantage]

The other day, I was shopping at The Domain in Austin, Texas. I walked into a Fossil store with the intent of looking around and seeing what new ...more

Solving computing problems in the third world with embedded systems [1]

Here's hoping I jarred you enough with the animated gif of Raspberry Pi's logo above. Today, on my regular waltz through the internet, I stumbled on ...more

On Creating Experiences

You need to be perfect in every aspect - in the window, in every square foot of the store. Even ten years ago, it was enough to just create the ...more

Benefits and Uses of the Jelly Q&A App For Business If you're an app junkie like me, you've probably heard of Jelly. Jelly is a Q&A app like Quora or Yahoo Answers but ...more

Six tips to improve your customer's technical support experiences

A couple of days ago, I found myself in a dire situation. I needed to reach out to the technical support of a company I had recently bought a plugin ...more

Experience is priceless to innovate, so is imagination [the three laws of prediction]

More often these days, I encounter experienced professionals in tech who dismiss an idea as ridiculous or impossible based on what they know about ...more

Compliance and Confidence [doing things right vs. doing the right things]

I remember sitting at a Starbucks recently and overhearing a conversation between some patrons who appeared to be in their mid-30s behind me. They ...more

Avoid living an unfulfilled life [determine what success means to you]

More often than not, I speak to friends and family members about what it takes to rise above the current state of our life and situations, being ...more

Tips to Rising Above [for people who want to be successful]

Here are some tips to rising above, in other words, secrets to success as shared by Will Smith. Have a GREAT time with your life, so much so that ...more

The Curse of the Freelancer [creating a sustainable business]

When most people choose to quit their day job and start their own business, they often do so with the hopes and dreams that they will create one that ...more

Google Chrome's new data compression feature [a resource for web consumers in developing countries]

As we speak about access to the internet for innovation and fair benefits through the knowledge economy for people in developing countries, one of ...more

Starting a Small Business [here are some key questions to ask yourself]

I am currently going through Seth's course on Skillshare, The New Business Toolbox - Help Your New Business Do It Right The First Time [aff link - ...more

Be part of an army of people and resources [use the hookup, be the hookup]

One of the biggest lessons I learnt last year was that your network and the connections you build on your foray through life are important. Some ...more

To Aspiring Writers and Creators in the Digital Age

Every single day, I get emails from aspiring writers asking my advice about how to become a writer, and here is the only advice I can give: Don’t ...more

On Innovation

Serious innovation is tough stuff.  The path is littered with failures.  If you aren’t losing when innovating, you’ll never win big. - Christopher ...more

To be, is to do

"I tell my kids, what is the difference between a hero and a coward? What is the difference between being yellow and being brave? No difference. Only ...more

The Culture Code, from IDEO

Being someone who is thrilled by amazing user experience and design thinking, one of the companies I idolize and pay a lot of attention to is the ...more

Attention is our scarcest resource, or not [is it still all about the eyes?]

Every day, a new super smart person learns a tad bit more about how to get your attention and find their way to your wallet. Granted, we've grown ...more

The problem with Africa [the leadership, or the people]

Ubuntu (/uːˈbʊntuː/ oo-buun-too; Zulu/Xhosa pronunciation: [ùɓúntʼú]) is a Nguni Bantu term (literally, "human-ness") roughly translating to "human ...more

Riding The Bear [on startup growth strategies]

As documented by only a few publications, Microsoft's rapid growth and domination of the operating system industry involved a strategy that consisted ...more

The Myth of Innovation [or Innovators?]

Today, I had a chance to start reading my copy of Business Brilliant by Lewis Schiff (affiliate link). Lewis analyzed the results of surveys he took ...more

Internet Access in Developing Countries [a different business model]

Low and middle income earners in developing countries experience challenges in getting usable internet connections that enable them tap into ...more

On Taking Photos [and painting pictures in business]

I installed a new app on my phone the other day that takes my closest friend's photos and mine from Facebook and makes them my phone wallpaper for ...more

Parallel Thinking [to avoid poor solutions to real problems]

Most of our thinking is structured to be adversarial as a result of the way the world around us works. One person has a thesis, and every other ...more

On Writing More

One of the things that I committed to doing in 2014 is to write more. I find that no matter how busy you get, you create time for the things that ...more

About 2014 [Focus and Occupation]

2013 was quite the phenomenal year. It started off pretty wobbly, without any definiteness of purpose per se. In my humble opinion, the year ...more

Connecting the other 3 billion to the internet

The internet has continued to evolve, and is fast becoming a platform on which basic communication and applications, both business related and ...more

Notes from Start Something That Matters by Blake Mycoskie

On Fear- No matter what happens, win, lose, or draw, never forget that life goes on Don't fear the unknown Everyone makes mistakes Don't worry ...more

For the Love of Free Bandwidth from MaxCDN

So, I just got an email from Eric at MaxCDN, the company I use to host static (images, stylesheets, javascript) assets for my numerous Wordpress ...more

Lagos - Africa's Own Big Apple [markets emerging]

For everyone curious about Africa- Lagos, Nigeria specifically. Amidst the fog ...more

Fix It Now! [before it becomes bigger]

I've been out over the past couple of weeks, alive, but struggling with a major tooth infection that had spread up my bones, sinuses and eyes. I've ...more

The Deep Dive [insights into IDEO's design and innovation process circa '99]

Over the weekend, I had the opportunity watch these videos from ABC Nightline in 1999. In this episode anchored by Ted Koppel, they redesigned the ...more

Effective Interaction Designers Change Organizations

Insightful video about the role of interaction design in organizations, how it has changed and where it is heading. Worth every ...more

Quotes from my Readings [on thoughts and change]

Looking through my notes this morning, I found a page I called 'Quotable Quotes' from back in the day when I initially developed an interest in ...more

Creative Work Environments [breeding grounds for innovation]

Really in technology, it's about the people, getting the best people, retaining them, nurturing a creative environment and helping to find a way to ...more

Satisfaction by Design [keep it simple, keep it fun, keep it irresistibly relevant]

Human beings today exist in an environment almost completely structured by design. The spaces in which we live, the ways we move from place to place, ...more

Everyone is a Leader [or, could be]

If your actions inspire others to dream more, learn more, do more and become more, you are a leader.” - John Quincy Adams Leaders are everywhere in ...more

Building Remote Teams (2) - Hiring

This post covers: Things to do before hiring for your remote team Approach to staffing. Employee or Contractor? Finding the people When it has ...more

Building Remote Teams (1) - Leading

This post covers: Why you should consider having a remote team Styles of leading a remote team and their pitfalls How the style of leading ...more

A Case For Shaping Consumer Experiences

Recently, I developed an interest for consumer experiences. Experiences from the perspective of products or services that are being positioned for ...more

Leading Like A Music Band or Orchestra

Rhythm in the dictionary sense is defined as movement marked by the regulated succession of strong and weak elements, or of opposite or different ...more

A Think Tank For Small Businesses In Nigeria

Over time, the dynamics of doing business all over the world has changed drastically. The basics remain the same; buying and selling of goods and ...more