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Iyinoluwa is the CEO and Co-founder of Flutterwave and a co-founder of Andela. Flutterwave is a global payments technology company helping to connect Africa to the global digital economy with payments infrastructure that helps financial institutions and businesses build with a focus a more seamless and secure payments experience for their customers. Flutterwave has grown to be one of the fastest growing payments in the world.
In under 2 years Flutterwave has processed $2 billion in payments across 32 million transactions in Nigeria, Ghana, Kenya and South Africa and attracting investment from experienced players in the payments space such as Y Combinator (investors in Stripe), Greycroft (investors in Braintree), Greenvisor Capital, Omidyar Network and Glynn Capital amongst others. In 2017, Flutterwave was named Africa’s Best Fintech Company by AppsAfrica.
Prior to helping to co-found and lead Flutterwave, Iyinoluwa co-founded Andela – Africa’s largest engineering organization with over 500 software engineers which has received investment from Mark Zuckerberg and Google Ventures amongst others. Iyinoluwa who holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Legal Studies from the University of Waterloo, is a World Economic Forum Global Shaper, a Forbes 30 under 30 honoree and a member of Nigeria’s Industrial Policy and Competitiveness Advisory Council.
In this Episode (Part 1):
Iyinoluwa shares the story that has led him to become the success that he is today.
“E” talks about how he turned his failures around to win big and succeed with Andela and making his investors 30 times their original investment.
He also talks about his recent engagement and how the choice you make of who to marry is the “most important hiring decision of your life.
He shares his life’s philosophy and what drives him.
We talk more in-depth about the incident that drove him to start Andela, one of the most successful startups in Africa.
Look forward to part two of this podcast for more on Flutterwave.
In this Episode (Part 2):
He explains what Flutterwave does and their focus of decentralizing payments and transaction in Africa.
He shares his perspective on how his work adds value to the African continent.
He shares his biggest business challenges as an entrepreneur working in Nigeria
We also talk about what drives him to do what he does. Everything he does is sending a message to Silicon Valley.
He shares his thoughts on how Africans can add value to the continent.
He gives a crazy answer to our question “If you had 10,000 Africans at your disposal, with expertise in every field, what would you do?”.
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