Tech startup entrepreneurship is associated with a lot of things; from innovation to huge paydays when that one solution goes through a series of funding rounds. This is, of course, assuming your idea is bankable and are willing to put in the right sort of work into your startup.
There are other things that are never discussed in detail. From long working hours, countless cases of doors slammed in your face, disapproval from people around you and the eleventy million things you have to figure out as a new age entrepreneur. These aspects are glossed over whenever people talk of making it as a startup.
We decided to get an inside perspective on some of these issues from local startups who understand some of the challenges in running a Zimbabwean tech startup.
Our first conversation was with Michael Chiwere and Tatenda Nyamugama, the co-founders ofZimall. Some of you might recognise the name Zimall as one of the local online retailing platforms that have seized the opportunity created by online payments and the internet to carve out a name in Zimbabwean e-commerce.
Started in 2012, the online retail platform has undergone several changes as the team made changes to solve some problems in Zimbabwean e-commerce which include payments, delivery, product guarantees and relationships with distributors. In the following Q & A, they shared some perspectives on the challenges behind tech entrepreneurship in Zimbabwe, and what they are chasing.