Yesterday marked the debut of “Backstories with Fatu”on YouTube, a show hosted by tech entrepreneur Fatu Ogwuche on her channel, Big Tech This Week. The series delves into the life stories of prominent figures within the African tech ecosystem, exploring the defining moments that shaped their current status.
In its inaugural episode, Fatu engaged in a 40-minute conversation with Kola Aina, a distinguished entrepreneur and founding partner of Ventures Platform. The discussion covered a range of topics, including Aina’s pre-tech investor background, his criteria for supporting founders, and insights into his experiences, such as the Paystack exit. The conversation maintained a relaxed and candid tone, resembling an informal exchange between friends.
One key highlight was Aina revealing how Ventures Platform intervened during the 2020 ThriveAgric crisis. The agro-crowdfunding startup faced challenges repaying retail investors due to COVID-19-related losses, resulting in fraud allegations on social media. Aina also shared a personal rule of only backing founders he perceives as fundamentally decent individuals, emphasizing the importance of respectful and fair treatment of co-founders and employees.
The purpose of “Backstories with Fatu” extends beyond mere entertainment, according to Ogwuche. In a press release, she emphasized its role as a launchpad for emerging tech entrepreneurs, providing them with actionable insights and mentorship from industry veterans. For established tech insiders, the series offers a glimpse into the future of the ever-evolving ecosystem.
Ogwuche, known for her weekly newsletter “Big Tech This Week,” covering the African tech landscape, announced upcoming interviews with three other tech and business innovators. Featured in this season will be discussions with Odun Eweniyi of Piggyvest and Olumide Soyombo of Voltron Capital.
To catch the first episode and stay tuned for future releases, visit Fatu Ogwuche’s YouTube channel or click here.