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Late in December of 2016, Bill Gates released a list of his favourite books for 2016.
If a man who makes hundreds of dollars every second, is able to create time to engage in such “mundane” things as reading a book a week, how much more we mere mortals and aspiring billionaires?
In his words, reading is Bill Gate’s “favourite way to learn about a new topic”. As (budding) entrepreneurs attempting to manoeuvre the fast-paced computer age, we are constantly faced with the need to learn new things, and to learn them fast. This is especially true for 2017, where everything already seems to be moving faster than last year.
I believe books are the fastest way to learn new things. Every entrepreneur – aspiring, upcoming or established – should make 2017 a year for books.
That being said, the guys at Entrepreur.com curated a pretty awesome list of essential books for every entrepreneur’s library. You might want to crosscheck for any books you are yet to add to your library. You can find the list here.
This Week on Techpoint
Meet Taiwo Orilogbon. This week on Engine Room, we got up close and personal with Taiwo Orilogbon who loves solving problems using computers, and was one of the founding team members of Jobberman.
Going cashless. According to stats released by the Nigeria Inter-Bank Settlement System, PoS usage in 2016 went up by 62% in comparison to 2015.
Death to martial selfies. You will recall that a video clip of Nigerian soldiers complaining bitterly about the lack of food and water for troops went viral on social media in December 2016. In what appears to be a retaliation, the Nigerian Army has banned soldiers from using social media on duty.
Opportunities for Entrepreneurs. 2017 appears to have started on a good note for entrepreneurs, particularly in the area of access to potential funding.
On the first day of the year, the Tony Elumelu Foundation (TEF) announced applications for the 2017 edition of the Tony Elumelu Entrepreneurship Program (TEEP). More here
A few days after, we reported the launch of the 2017 Unilever Sustainable Living Young Entrepreneurs (USLYE) Awards. It celebrates and supports people under the age of 35 years who are working on a unique product, service or application. More here
Finally, on Thursday morning, Samsung announced a $150 million global fund to support startups involved in emerging technologies. More here
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Nigerian startups raised $35.5 million in Q3 2018, 52% less than in Q2. Find out more in the Nigerian Startup Funding report. Download.
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