Episode #15 – No Fear of Falling Podcast – Dominik Dresel (Lehrermarktplatz.de)

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In this episode, we head to Germany to talk to DOMINIK DRESEL, a 2016 member of the Young Founders Conference with the Westerwelle Foundation; and the co-founder of LEHRERMARKTPLATZ.DE, an online marketplace specifically for teachers and educators, where they can submit and purchase lesson plans and educational materials. This in turn is creating a community of teachers throughout Germany who can be connected, work together, and in turn develop their abilities and skills to continue reaching out and giving opportunities to students all over the country.

The desire to teach and help people within the educational system is something that Dominik always wanted to do, but instead of going directly into the system as a teacher, he went around from the outside, discovering that he could use his knowledge gained from studying business to create a venture that could reach out to teachers in ways that projects and companies he was with in the past could not. This desire was one of the foundations that created Lehrermarktplatz.de, and indirectly it also created something that can become a strong connecting force for teachers and those working within the educational system, which can be at times an isolating experience; which in turn reminds teachers that they are not alone and that there is always someone there that can help and who can give them new ideas, inspiration, and perspective.

We talked about his journey in the creation of Lehrermarktplatz, about his thoughts about the German educational system, his goals and dreams for what he is doing, and about how even though the odds and statistics may say one thing, and that even though failure sometimes is an ever-present possibility in what you are doing, that no matter what happens, the lessons and knowledge you gain from the entire experience will strengthen you, help you grow, and make you that much better in the long run.

To find out more about Dominik and Lehrermarktplatz.de, you can visit the following links:
https://lehrermarktplatz.de (Official Website, German)
https://www.facebook.com/lehrermarktplatz (Facebook)
dominik@lehrermarktplatz.de (Email Address for Dominik)

 

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Episode #8 – No Fear of Falling Podcast – Tawanda Mutukwa (Chief Technology Officer, Hurukuro)

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In this episode, we head to Zimbabwe to talk to TAWANDA MUTUKWA, the Chief Technology Officer for HURUKURO, a Harare-based tech firm that is working to use technology (specifically mobile technology) to revitalize and support the agricultural industry of Zimbabwe, and other southern Africa countries.

Zimbabwe was once known as the breadbasket of southern Africa, with some of the highest agricultural outputs in the region, but political measures created a situation where agricultural yields and output dropped dramatically due to lack of support and resources, both knowledge and in-person. Hurukuro is aiming to change this through the usage of mobile technology (did you know that Zimbabwe has mobile phone penetration of over 92%?) to provide rural farmers with all the information and support that is needed to properly conduct and farm their land. Everything from knowledge support, logistical support, financial payment platforms, and other essential products to give farmers the tools they need to farm higher yields, be able to ship and sell, and then start over again sustainably.

We talked about his journey into becoming an entrepreneur; how the lack of innovation drove him out of the private sector, and we talked extensively about entrepreneurship in Africa. Not just about the challenges and obstacles that African Entrepreneurs face, but that media and platforms need to focus on the development, triumphs, and look at life from the African perspective to really understand the region.

To find out more about Hurukuro, you can visit the following links:
http://hurukuro.com (Official Site, English)
https://www.facebook.com/HurukuroC (Facebook, English)
https://twitter.com/HurukuroC (Twitter, English)

 

NOTE: There are some audio issues near the beginning of the podcast. We tried to remove them as best as we could, they were due to internet connection issues during the recording of the episode.