Thank you for blowing my cover and for your kind words.
It is true that collaboration in this market is not easy.
But I believe that It is possible…or rather it HAS TO BE possible if we are to make any headway.
People in other sectors are already doing it. When you look at the signboard in front of a huge construction site, it lists companies that are all part of the project : the Architects, structural engineers, and so on.
For them to have come together to put up that building , many meetings must have happened, agreements must have been signed and so on. How do they do it? How can we replicate the same in the tech space?
If I had super powers, maybe I would invest a lot of those powers in educating members of the law profession about technology and IP law. This is one area where I think we are very weak in this region.
Many of the lawyers that are trained in this part of the world do not understand how technology and IP works particularly given the unique culture and also the state of the overall legal system and so they cannot even draft a binding agreement for tech based deal.
Also I think that all it takes is for the first home grown African tech company to be bought and sold for $1B, then people will realize that this is long term game and not a short term one. They will sit up and ask: How did they do it? How can we do the same?
Already we beginning to see some positive signs, e.g. a few small mergers/ acquisitions here and there show that the ecosystem is maturing.
e.g. Konga acquired a company for Kongapay and Safaricom acquired the M-Ledger mobile app proving that it is possible for this to happen in our ecosystem.
As for what I can do in my position ?
Lets watch this space (Seriously working on it)