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Machine Tools A Case Study In Advanced Manufacturing by Ben Landau-Taylor and Oberon Dixon-Luinenburg

Thu, 09/03/2020 - 7:32pm
Abstract Machine tools are essential in industrial metalworking and, as a type of capital equipment, machine tool consumption is a strong indicator of overall manufacturing capacity. Production is highly concentrated, with a small number of countries producing the vast majority of precision machine tools used in advanced manufacturing worldwide. The most important machine tool manufacturers are China, Germany, and Japan. China is unique in that its massive production is overwhelmingly for its own domestic manufacturing sector, whereas all other major manufacturers export a substantial fraction of their machine tools. The other major machine tool manufacturers are Italy, South Korea, the United States, Taiwan, and Switzerland; outside of these countries almost all precision machine tools must be imported.

Russia, the US, and the UK have all seen varying degrees of decline in machine tool production since their peaks, while several East Asian economies have built or massively expanded their machine tool industries over the same period and several European countries have maintained strong production.

This occurred because production of machine tools requires substantial societal infrastructure such as educated workers, significant capital investment, and a strong customer base, which companies in the fragmented machine tools market generally cannot create on their own. These things require deliberate state action to create and continued policy to sustain. All of the successful countries have maintained clear policies that help machine tool producers, while those that have declined, or failed to start significant production at all, have not. These policies have only been successfully implemented by states with strong coordination between elites in government, business, and finance.

The body of this report is comprised of two parts, first detailing the landscape of global machine tool production in the Landscape section, and then providing an analysis with wider applicability to advanced manufacturing and industrial capacity in the Analysis section...[more]

What is an Entrepreneurial Engineer (And How Are They Different From Other Engineers)? - @beiercai

Thu, 09/03/2020 - 11:10am
Beier Cai writes:Over the last few months I’ve spoken with a lot of engineers about Commit, and who we’re building it for. Sure, we aim to partner with exciting and promising seed-funded startups to help them get product-market fit faster, but what we’re really passionate about is optimizing our community for experienced, Entrepreneurial Engineers–the kind of folks that early stage startups dream of working with (and want to hire). We really don’t think anything currently exists for this unique subset of developers...[more]

"Fried Yam" from Dundu Nation @DBodija founded by Bayo Adedeji @bayolion1

Mon, 08/31/2020 - 7:46pm

I am Bayo Lion Adedeji the CEO of Dundu Nation. It all started 5 years ago, when I developed this concept to open a restaurant called Dundu Place. I didn't have the fund to execute therefore I placed the idea in my idea parking lot. With the changes in the Nigerian market myself, my wife kemi Adedeji and a friend Wale Owoeye discussed multiple business ideas and finally came up with establishing a food truck business that can provide local fried yam and plantain in a clean and hygienic environment with price points that competes with the local fried yam seller in Lagos. My brother Banjo Adedeji gave me the idea for the Elede Sauce (Shrimp sauce) while Seun Odofa gave me the idea for the Onipomo Sauce (Beef skin Sauce)...[more]

Bread & Butter Episode 1: Blockchain contactless payments coming to Ghana from @Muloongo

Sat, 08/29/2020 - 10:09pm
Ongolo Founder, Muloongo Muchelemba, interviewed Dee Duncan, a Techpreneur based in San Francisco.Dee runs BTC King which recently partnered with Worldpay from FIS, America's #1 payment processor/acquirer, to introduce the world's first Point of Sales (POS) solution that facilitates debit/credit cards, e-wallets (Apple, Google, Samsung) and digital assets. BTC King (@BitcoinKingom) is also the USA Distributor for Pundi X Labs, a blockchain POS solution...[more]

Zinbiss Yaar Burkina Faso | Online market for fresh fruits and vegetables

Thu, 08/27/2020 - 3:17pm
From AgribusinessTV:In Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso, Mireille BAKAWAN brings an innovation that makes things easier for cooking.

Her company, Zinbiss Yaar, provides customers with pre-vegetables.

"I worked in a research firm and the working hours were not really flexible. Sometimes, I dreamed of going home to find that all my cooking ingredients were ready to go in the pan. I said to myself, if I am in this situation, lots of women are in it too. If they had a structure or a company that offered ready to cook vegetables, they would not hesitate," says Mireille.

Artisan luxury’s new focus: Nigeria - @voguemagazine

Thu, 08/27/2020 - 10:36am
Over at Vogue: Clay pots filled with a concoction of natural indigo dye, water and ash are stirred at intervals over seven days. The cloth, which is tied in various ways or pasted with cassava to create distinctive patterns, is saturated in the pots and laid out to dry. This is the labour-intensive tie-and-dye technique known as adire. Passed from one generation to the next, this resist-dyed textile has been made by the Yoruba people of southwestern Nigeria for centuries.

Traditional Nigerian textiles such as adire are being rediscovered by a new generation of designers and appreciated afresh for their beauty and complexity as well as their natural, sustainable processes. As the international luxury industry focuses anew on artisanal techniques, Nigerian textiles’ time has come, offering potential beyond its domestic customer base...[more]

Saint Liberty Whiskey founded by Erin Harris and Dia Simms

Tue, 08/25/2020 - 11:29am
Forbes reports:This week marks the 100th anniversary of the 19th Amendment—the pivotal legislation that gave women the right to vote. But the challenges didn’t stop there for 1920s women: many were also simultaneously challenging the ban on selling, producing and distributing alcohol.

Saint Liberty Whiskey, now part-owned by two Black women, is highlighting the female bootleggers who broke barriers during the Prohibition era. Dia Simms and Erin Harris are the modern day trailblazers keeping this spirit alive. Both have had successful careers working at Sean “Diddy” Combs’ Combs Enterprises—Simms is the former president, and Harris is the senior vice president—and played an active role in elevating Combs’ wine and spirits brands, such as CÎROC Ultra-Premium Vodka. The two are now partial owners of Saint Liberty Whiskey and are the founders of spirits advisory and investment company, Hands...[more]

Agritech platforms revolutionise farming investment - @AfricanBizMag

Mon, 08/24/2020 - 12:38pm
From Africa Business Magazine:A host of crowd farming platforms have sprung up across the continent in recent years, connecting smallholders with much-needed investment. Globally, the financial sector meets less than 3% of total smallholder demand for financing, but crowd farming is starting to reduce the deficit on a continent where 60% of the world’s uncultivated arable land lies dormant. Africa has among the lowest agricultural yields in the world, making it ripe for positive disruption through technology...[more]

African Vegetables from Flats Mentor Farm Massachusetts ( @FlatsMentorFarm )

Mon, 08/24/2020 - 12:12pm
From the Mail & Guardian:...The Flats Mentor Farm is located on a 70-acre river bottom parcel of land in Lancaster, Massachusetts. Founded in 1984, it provides the space and infrastructure for small immigrant and refugee farmers to get started. “There are institutional barriers to land access. It’s hard for immigrants who are not white and named Smith to own land,” said Maria Moreira, who founded the farm. “My family migrated from Portugal in the 1960s and it was extremely difficult to purchase land if you hadn’t already owned land. It’s still hard today.” Like Henrietta, the other farmers at Flats Mentor Farm produce ethnic specialty crops, supplying wholesale and retail markets throughout New England, including more than 40 farmers’ markets. The farm has over 300 farmers: nine in 10 of them are from across Africa, and more than three in five are women...[more]

Building a Vibrant, Private-Sector Led Seed Industry in Africa

Tue, 08/18/2020 - 12:21pm
From Agrilinks:Findings from The African Seed Access Index (TASAI) studies reveal that national seed systems across Africa are at different stages of development. Some countries (notable examples are Kenya, South Africa, Zambia, and Zimbabwe) have a vibrant private sector, up-to-date seed policies and regulations, active public and private breeding programs, extensive rural agro-dealer networks, and a proactive national seed association. On the other hand, in other countries (e.g., Democratic Republic of Congo, Liberia, Madagascar) the seed sectors are still emerging, characterized by under-funded government seed agencies, poorly implemented seed regulations, and a relatively weak private sector...[more]

BlockSpace Technologies Africa founded by Chimezie Chuta via @AlyssaHertig

Fri, 08/14/2020 - 8:25am
Alyssa Hertig writes:...To that end, BlockSpace Technologies Africa Inc., Chuta’s company, has released a kit for a Bitcoin and Lightning node, including all the hardware pieces for assembly, called SpaceBox, in the hopes of expanding the technology’s use across the continent.

“I think this will help many people living in low-income regions of the world to become part of the Bitcoin ecosystem. Beyond trading and speculation, Africa seems to have zero representation,” Chuta said...[more]

Nigerians Are Using Bitcoin to Bypass Trade Hurdles With China by Alyssa Hertig @AlyssaHertig

Fri, 08/14/2020 - 8:13am
Alyssa Hertig writes:Africa appears to have eight nodes total. From this map, entrepreneur and IT guru Chimezie Chuta inferred that he is the only person in Nigeria known to be running a Lightning node.

A crucial caveat is that many users might be running nodes without exposing them to the world. But, all told, Lightning activity looks sparse on the planet’s second-largest and second-most populous continent.

Chuta wants to change this. Like many Bitcoiners, he believes running a network node is one of the best ways to become truly financially independent. A Lightning node in particular, while experimental and maybe risky to use, allows Africans to earn a little cash by way of fees for relaying money across the network, he said...[more]

Founded by Silas Adekunle (@silas_adekunle) | Awarri - Africa's Robotics Enabler

Mon, 08/10/2020 - 2:29pm
Awarri is derived from “Awari”, which means ‘seek and find’ in Yoruba (one of Africa's popular languages). Our mission is to enable the development and adoption of advanced AI & Robotics technology on the African continent...[more]

Micro Angel Investors Are the Future of Startup Funding by Dawn Dickson @THEDawnDickson

Sun, 08/09/2020 - 5:09pm
Dawn Dickson writes: How leveraging the power of small checks can make a big impact to build companies and create generational wealth...[more]

From Uganda - Krystal Ice A real fruit ice lolly business has ambitious expansion plans

Tue, 08/04/2020 - 9:03pm
Krystal Ice is a Ugandan company that makes frozen snacks from real fruit. The business was started in 2017...[more]

From Ghana - Reggie Rockstone's Waakye In A Jar (Jarwaakye)

Tue, 08/04/2020 - 8:59pm
Reggie Rockstone's Waakye In A Jar...[more]

Mabotho Leather Handbags

Mon, 08/03/2020 - 10:32am
From the Sowetan: The coronavirus pandemic is going to drive people to small businesses and keep them there.

"There's going to be a focus and shift onto our products," says handbag manufacturer Thobekile Mkhize.

She's the owner and creative director of Mabotho, a leather handbag brand for women, based in Durban. The name of the business is a mash up of her name and her late father Sibongiseni Mkhize's, nickname Mabo.

"I wanted to honour my father's entrepreneurial spirit. Though he was a teacher by profession he was really great at consulting for his friends businesses and before he passed, he was just really getting into it."...[more] View this post on Instagram

A post shared by Mabotho Africa (@mabotho_africa) on Dec 28, 2017 at 12:57am PST

Sage Valley a Zambian company spots opportunity for locally-made spices and pastes

Sun, 08/02/2020 - 10:18pm
Sage Valley is a Zambian company which produces spices and pastes from locally sourced ingredients...[more]

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