Do Things That Don’t Scale In Startups




Doing a startup is relatively popular. You know it is when universities start offering “entrepreneurship” programs. As is true for all things popular, there are people who actually do startups and those who play startup.

Every startup needs to get users. If you are an actual startup you will do anything to get users – go to their house, like a missionary, sit with them and help them set up your service on their computer. What do “playing startup” people do? They send you a link to their service. Both seem to be in the process of “getting” users, except ones are literally getting them while the others are simply sending links, assuming that users would do the rest of the steps themselves.


Although it may seem uncool to approach real people and beg them to try your service that is exactly what some of the first entrepreneurs did – street vendors approached people or yelled as loud as they could, they gave samples of their food, they showed it to you physically, they offered a discount on the spot, they looked you in the eye, more aggressive ones put the goods in your bag. So what has changed? Technology added convenience and distance between us. But the users on the other end still want that personal attention. So why not give it to them if, being a newborn startup you have nothing to lose.

Inspired by Paul Graham’s eponymous essay “Do Things that Don’t Scale”.

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What You Missed At The Hardware Programming Tech Camp

On 30th and 31st of October, Hive Colab in collaboration with IEEE and Log’el project organized a 2 day, hardware programming tech camp for hardware enthusiasts within Kampala.



The event kicked off on the evening of the 30th with a discussion debating whether hardware is essential to problem solving in Uganda.

The discussion which was kicked off by the Operations Manager of Hive Colab Ndyaguma Brian challenging some of the Hardware companies/startups to educate the audience about how and why people should care about Hardware startups.

Personally I will tell you Hardware is the new big thing for Uganda and even Africa partly because I believe there is still a gap between actual problem solving and a smartphone. With that in mind, Joseph Kayizi talked about one of his hardware products on the market today (Tambula) which is a tracking device for Boda Bodas and how his product is reducing the theft of motorcycles in Kampala.

There was another debate about making money and just having a cool project. We all love robots and how cool you sound when you say that you were behind the making of a robot. However, when it got to monetizing the robots in Africa, the audience went into a heated discussion and I for one think we should have another meetup to just talk about this. Nasur from Aloyo Electronics argued that it is better to make a product people want, put it on the market and make money off your product than making a drone which is going to win you awards and stop at just that. Well, like I said it was a heated discussion and I hope we continue it some other time.


The Remote Irrigation system

Day 2:

Day 2 was started off with a maker session where groups were formed. This session had people engage in a learning session about the different ways of connecting hardware components and the basics to get one started with hardware programming.

BIT Technologies an embedded systems company demonstrated how to program a microcontroller to be a standalone embedded system.

The event was crowned with an exhibition of the different hardware projects people have been working on and some of the highlights were Vvuga Wheel an ingenious game console which gives you the real feel of driving an actual car and a remotely controlled robot which irrigates your farm were some of the highlights of the exhibition.

Hive Colab is going to be running more hardware boot camps in the course of the coming year to get innovators the right skills and break the clique of software being the only field with innovations. This they believe will help provide more viable and effective solutions to the different challenges we have in our nation.

Social Media Day Kampala


Social Media Day is an international celebration of social media popularized by Mashable, the world’s leading social media publication. On 30th June the world celebrated the world celebrated the international social media day but in Kampala,we celebrated it on the 28th-a day prior. That is how much we were excited about it.On this day we get to celebrate how social media has changed our lives for the better, It’s a chance to interact and meet new people offline. For more information about the what happened on the Social media day Kampala click #smdayKla