I am a pro-active professional with experience identifying and developing innovative business solutions within the ICT and Telecoms Sector. I started out as an engineer and then move into product management before focusing on business development and strategy.
I got introduced to the world of computer just after I finished writing my SSCE and internet as early as 1995. I see myself as a natural strategist who enjoys identifying, presenting and communicating new ideas to solve pertinent problems.
I have gained strong leadership skills through managing projects from strategy to implementation. I am passionate about innovations, startups, developers eco-system within Sub-Sahara Africa and also connecting people at the bottom of the socio-economic pyramid with services / solutions that improve their lives and livelihoods.
I was the co-founder of Mobile Monday Nigeria team and works on how to connect Startups / businesses to Angel Investors / Venture Capitals. Aside this, I was a member of the steering committee of Lagos Angel Network – an exclusive network of angel investors focused on supporting start-up entrepreneurs in Lagos and environs.
I am always on the look-out for business / startup to help. I am the co-author of “Maximizing Your Service Year“ book (written to give practical tips to serving youth corps members on how to maximize their NYSC year). And Yes, I am a Venture Capitalist in Training and contributed at BITS.
How could I miss this out? Hmm…I was the Business Manager, Nokia Life, Nokia West Africa and then moved on to lead all Developer Experience activities in Nokia West & Central Africa afterwards. I later joined Microsoft’s DX team as part of its acquisition of Nokia’s Device Business Unit. This gave me the opportunity to launch services that help to improve people’s livelihood.
Failed Attempts At Startups:
I made two attempts at starting a Value Added Service business. First in 2002 (Cedarview Communications Limited) and the second time in 2005 (Voltron). On each occasion, we had great ideas and even got registered by the network operators but the will to survive took over. We had no funding and guys were not ready to sweat it out. So, the businesses died naturally. This is still an area of business (though crowded) that I feel need disruption in Nigeria.
Before the attempt to start VAS business, I started a n ICT firm (SystemGenii) with 3 of my classmates from the university – Obafemi Awolowo University. We were just fresh from school and had little knowledge about running a business but we were blessed with technical skills. Our service offerings were simple: web design, networking (LAN & WAN), printer toner recycling and off course PC assembling & supplies. We had huge ambition, got some cool projects on-going but the union didn’t last. Something was wrong with the governance. End result? We all went on our different ways. I hope to be able to share what I learnt through the process in a blog post soon.
I also got involved in e-commerce. Joined a team to co-found eazeemarket in 2006 but guess we launched before the market was ready. And as you would expect, the business died a natural death.
My first degree was in Electronic & Electrical Engineering from Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife, Nigeria (2002). I also have a Masters of Business Administration degree from Alliance Manchester Business School, United Kingdom (2009). Others are mostly online via coursera.org.
You can find out more about me and my on-going adventures by reading about my Interests.
You can contact Emmanuel through the Google talk, Skype or yahoo ID: eolutosin. Please send a chat message to introduce yourself and explain your reason for making contact.
You can also reach me via email – emmanuelAToluwatosDOTin
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