Marek Zmysłowski is a Polish-born entrepreneur and executive focused on online businesses in Frontier and Emerging Markets, author of "Chasing Black Unicorns. How building the Amazon of Africa put me on Interpol Most Wanted list" He co-founded Jumia Travel – Africa’s Biggest Hotel Booking Portal listed on NYSE as part of Jumia Group and HotelOnline.co – a Travel Technology Company. In 2014, he was chosen as one of the Ten Most Important People in Tech by IT News Africa Magazine. He is a Lead Mentor at Google’s Launchpad and World Bank’s XL Africa Program.
Well known Polish internet entrepreneur Marek Zmysłowski documents the wild ride of starting up companies in Poland and in Nigeria. Fortunately he has a fairly high level of comfort with chaos. The author of Chasing Black Unicorns talks about the value of crisis, and the worst setback he's experienced out of many. He shares information he learned about the biology of executive decision-making and weighs in on the question, Does Africa need aid post-Covid? We also talk about the value of crisis and learning from working in a foreign culture working with different unwritten rules. All proceeds from sales and speaking about the book go to charity. See http://www.ChasingBlackUnicorns.com for more information.The podcast intro music is generously provided by Mark Romero of Mark Romero Music. Mark's music restores coherence to the body.Support this show http://supporter.acast.com/insight-to-action-inspirational-insights-podcast. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
Polish Entrepreneur and Investor in Africa – Marek Zmysłowski – Ep82 Marek is from Poland and started his career as an entrepreneur in Africa. He co-founded Jumia Travel – Africa’s Biggest Hotel Booking Portal listed on NYSE as part of Jumia Group and HotelOnline.co – a Travel Technology Company. After this he started his own travel company and got int some trouble with competitors when they made false claims to Interpol. He wrote a book all about this crazy experience. Check it out: Chasingblackunicorns.com After he got through that mess, he started working with a Swedish company making solar powered roofs for homes. These are not just solar panels, but the actual roof itself is one big solar panel. That company is sunroof.se. These roofs can power the entire home, completely removing one’s need to rely on the grid for power. Number one tip: Marek’s biggest problem is lack of technical knowledge. Even if you have dreams of becoming entrepreneur, finish your studies. Work as engineer for some time, it will give you an amazing advantage; he went in entrepreneurship too fast Contact info: Twitter: @marekchinedu Instagram: @marekchinedu   The Engineering Entrepreneur Podcast is produced by Scott Tarcy, President of CADdesignhelp.com. You can reach me at info@caddesignhelp.com Follow me on Twitter/Instagram @caddesignhelp
May 11, 2020 Chasing Unicorns Marek Zmyslowski and Wild Success Amy Posey
One area of the world that does not get nearly enough business and finance attention is Africa. With many nations and millions of people, it's an area with tremendous untapped potential, particularly in the worlds of payments and fintech. Joining us on the show to explore this is someone who is very familiar with the business side of Africa, Marek Zmyslowski. Marek is a Polish-born entrepreneur and executive, focused on online businesses in Frontier and Emerging Markets. He co-founded Jumia Travel – Africa’s Biggest Hotel Booking Portal listed on NYSE as part of Jumia Group, and HotelOnline.co – a Travel Technology Company. In 2014, he was chosen as one of the Ten Most Important People in Tech by IT News Africa Magazine. He’s recently published a book entitled Chasing Black Unicorns: How building the Amazon of Africa put me on Interpol’s Most Wanted list, a fascinating tell-all about his triumphs and challenges in business abroad. Find show notes and more at: https://www.soarpay.com/podcast/
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Birthdate
Aug 19th, 1986
Episode Count
31
Podcast Count
27
Total Airtime
1 day, 1 hour
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