Buenos Aires, Argentina with Sebastian Cadenas, Increase CEO

Buenos Aires, Argentina with Sebastian Cadenas, Increase CEO

0:00 - Jide's introduction of the Rokk3r Labs Global Entrepreneurship Series 0:25 - Sebastian's introduction of Increase 1:39 - Payments innovation against the backdrop of regulation and norms 3:17 - How Increase helps Merchants, and Sebastian's motivation to create Increase 5:42 - Banking institutions' fit in Increase's product life cycle

Rokk3r Labs Global Entrepreneurship Series: Jakub Riedl, Entrepreneur and iFlix Lead Engineer

Rokk3r Labs Global Entrepreneurship Series: Jakub Riedl, Entrepreneur and iFlix Lead Engineer

The Rokk3r Labs Global Entrepreneurship Series lands in Prague, Czech Republic. Entrepreneur and iFlix Lead Engineer Jakub Riedl chats with our Jide Adebayo at the K10 co-working space in Prague about entrepreneurship and Prague's startup scene. The Rokk3r Labs Global Entrepreneurship Series aims to inspire each of the upcoming 8 billion connected people to create world-changing ideas.

Gotta Read the Signs in September

Gotta Read the Signs in September

In the month of September alone, I’ve had both a horse’s muzzle and the barrel of a gun starring down my face. Makes for an impressionable 5 weeks. Prior to arriving to Sofia, Bulgaria, I intentionally internalized this month to be more instinctual and less over thinking (sort of ironic since I thought Bulgaria would be the most debatable place I visit this year). It’s a mentality that can be summed up quite easily...

Rokk3r Labs Global Entrepreneurship Series: Andre Croft de Moura, CEO of Pro-Drone

Rokk3r Labs Global Entrepreneurship Series: Andre Croft de Moura, CEO of Pro-Drone

Pro-Drone's mission is to revolutionize how wind turbines are inspected by bringing them into the 21st century. More on Pro-Drone: http://www.pro-drone.eu/ Rokk3r Labs has set out to not only disrupt the status quo, but also people's perceptions of where technology, innovation, and company building is happening.

Shut Up and Groove

Shut Up and Groove

I’ve partied on remote islands in Asia, fortresses in Serbia, and celebrity VIP sections in Miami Beach. But nothing holds a candle to turning up in the middle of a deep, pitch black forest, somewhere near Prague, Czech Republic. *Disclaimer, my momma called me and asked that I tone down the lewd language in my blogging, so I will keep the profanity to a minimum. Not making any promises though. ;)*

Rokk3r Labs Global Video Series: Dušanka Boras, Co-Founder of Clever

Rokk3r Labs Global Video Series: Dušanka Boras, Co-Founder of Clever

Clever is a startup in Belgrade, Serbia that created PAUSAL, a web-based application specialized for lump-sum tax agencies. It caters for everything a business would need in one place, safely and efficiently, worry-free allowing businesses to be on top of the finance game.

I Think I Caught My Vibe, I Think I Found My Wave

I Think I Caught My Vibe, I Think I Found My Wave

6 months into traveling non-stop and ish gets real. People are dropping out, you are comparing experiences in one country/continent to another, and the people, culture, and living conditions from one place to the next are drastically different. At first you love the stark contrast and then, for some unknown reason, you are overwhelmed with strong disdain for all things *insert preferred country here*. From there, internal conflict sets in as a spiraling train of runaway thoughts floods your mind. Do I even like it here? Do I keep going? Should I just go back to Asia? I know fasho I ain’t going back to the States. Where do I belong?

Cocoa Pebble ’n Frosted Flakes: Welcome to Serbia

Cocoa Pebble ’n Frosted Flakes: Welcome to Serbia

Parks, European architecture, cafes, and a motherf***ing fortress bruh. The shift from Asia to Europe has been nothing short of mind-boggling, and to put icing on the cake, my first stop is Belgrade, Serbia. Prior to touching down in the city of trees and stones, I knew nothing about the culture, people, or geography, and therefore could neither form opinion or expectation. I quickly found solace...

Global Video Series: Adrienne Ravez, Co-Founder at Geeks in Cambodia

Global Video Series: Adrienne Ravez, Co-Founder at Geeks in Cambodia

"Social good geek" and web activist, Adrienne co founded E. C. Digital Solutions agency and Geeks in Cambodia project. Always in quest of hot news focused on how to build bridges between tech and social innovation, she’s willing to grab attention to Cambodia’s tech and Startup scene and demonstrate its huge potential.

Do It For the Culture

Do It For the Culture

In the span of three weeks, I have kicked it with the homies Mac and Ant in Japan, partied to the hypnotic spinning of fellow remoter DJ Tina T in Cambodia, and trained with professional head bussas in Thailand in the Science of Eight Limbs. All of this while helping to lead and build a startup up from scratch — shoutout to the 10xU team, love y’all. Plus, my credit score just increased…

"Yeah I Rob, Yeah I Steal"

"Yeah I Rob, Yeah I Steal"

Despite local contestation, this wave of transformation seems inevitable; therefore, leaving people to resort to a survivalist mode — or what I like to call a “hustle hard” mentality. You kind of have no choice given the disproportionate high cost of living for a very impoverished population in comparison to other Southeast Asian countries. Despite the growing pains, I think this country is dope af and hope y’all do too after reading this blog post...

Global Video Series: Eddie Thai, Partner at 500 Startups Vietnam

Global Video Series: Eddie Thai, Partner at 500 Startups Vietnam

Eddie is a venture partner with 500 Startups, the world's most active early stage VC firm based in Silicon Valley. He is focused on investing in Vietnam's next great tech startups as well as helping develop 500 Startups' offerings in corporate innovation and startup ecosystem development.

Global Video Series: Ganesh Muren, CEO of Saora Industries

Global Video Series: Ganesh Muren, CEO of Saora Industries

Ganesh Muren is the CEO of Saora Industries, providing developing countries access to clean water through their innovative filtration technology. His company is based in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. Rokk3r Labs has set out to not only disrupt the status quo, but also people's perceptions of where technology, innovation, and company building is happening.

Pray for the Rain, Gotta Deal with Mud Too

Pray for the Rain, Gotta Deal with Mud Too

From chaotic traffic to browbeating negotiations, Ho Chi Minh City (HCMC), Vietnam serves as a whirlwind of hustle and bustle. The city leaves no room for indecisiveness, and I have developed a strong appreciation for the blurred lines faintly scribbled between work and life. Much of that appreciation stems from a reflective perspective. My life is evolving into an ambiguous blob of activities consisting of work, social gatherings, adventure, and personal space. As a result, I realize that rigid schedules that compartmentalize different aspects of my life are no longer welcomed. In fact, a routine lifestyle can’t even get a knock at the door let alone a seat at the table. Yet, experiencing those ‘normal’ day-to-day events, both the good and the bad, is what I have grown to admire most. And thus, my experience in HCMC so far begins...

A Lil Economics Never Hurt Nobody

A Lil Economics Never Hurt Nobody

First off, I’d like to thank everyone for the overwhelming support and encouraging words after my previous post Strawberry Jelly, No More Grape, and to the individual who offered to ship me some grape jelly…you the real MVP shawty. However, shoutout to the homie A-A-Ron for actually getting me that purple stuff on my birthday. One skip, one hop, a $10 upgrade to first class, and a few celebrity pregnancies later; boom, young Baba is in Bali, Indonesia...

Strawberry Grape, No More Jelly

Strawberry Grape, No More Jelly

Currently, the company that I work for, Rokk3r Labs, has sent me on an entrepreneurial pilgrimage for 1 year around the world in partnership with Remote Year. Every month, I’ll be in a different country hearing entrepreneurs’ stories, understanding what investors are looking for, and working to connect what we call the global collective genius. Yes it’s a dope ass job, so give it up one time for Remote Year and two times for the Rokk3r fam. First stop, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia...

 

Starting a Company While in School

Starting a Company While in School

Many things in life seem much easier while you are a student. You have minimal bills, deferred debt, easy access to social circles, and generally one responsibility...to do well in school. But when it comes to building a company or startup, this seems to take the opposite effect. We are always told that it is much more difficult to build a company and juggle school simultaneously. Much harder than if you were a former employee who just quit his or her job to build that dream company, even though bills, loans, and familial issues suffocate your life savings and will power to keep pushing forward...

Why I Joined VFA

Why I Joined VFA

What motivates anyone to make any decision in his or her lifetime? For me, it’s simple. Self-improvement. What is the best way for me to achieve my goals and become a better person along the way? This is the question I pose to myself daily, almost incessantly. As of late, Venture for America has equipped me on where to begin in answering this question...