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Growth Mindset and Company Culture Tips for Entrepreneurs with Tyrone Adams

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Tyrone Adams

Growth Mindset and Company Culture Tips for Entrepreneurs

Today’s guest wasn’t really aware of computers until after high school. He has regularly been called young, stubborn, and naive. Proving everyone wrong by landing on the Forbes 30 Under 30 list, he embodies the growth mindset of the best of tech entrepreneurs.

A Forbes 30 Under 30 Entrepreneur’s Vision for Africa 3.0

In this episode, we interview Tyrone Adams, Co-Founder and CEO at Skywalk Innovations, about his entrepreneurship, innovation, and vision for technology in Africa. 

 

Join us as we discuss:

  • Why Africa 1.0 can skip straight to Africa 3.0
  • Offering an end-to-end journey to deliver innovation for customers
  • The mission of Tyrone’s CTO Sessions
  • Building company culture, even when it’s difficult
  • Applying a growth mindset to work and life

 

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Key Insights

Why Africa 1.0 can skip straight to Africa 3.0

Many people believe that Africa is far behind the rest of the world in terms of technology and human potential. Reality tells a different story. The work ethic of Africa’s people is highly respected around the world, but so many of them are head-down that they don’t even notice their value. African countries never waited to saturate the PC trend before adopting mobile technology, which is now a rapidly rising trend across the continent. “I want to change the narrative that people have about African people. Africa, to me, is this untapped goldmine of talented individuals.” — Tyrone Adams

Offering an end-to-end journey to deliver innovation for customers

Tyrone doesn’t mince his words. He explains that in markets like South Africa’s, there are monopolies that are challenging to overcome. The solution, which Skywalk Innovations is a part of, is to create a shared value chain to deliver value at a scale large enough to contest the monopoly. Any number of smaller businesses can come together as a team of specialists in each phase of serving a client: Idea validation R&D Product development (the build) Customer success Scaling

The mission of Tyrone’s CTO Sessions

The context of setting up these sessions was Tyrone’s observation that most startup founders were non-technical people. They weren’t aware of the scope of work for their idea or what was even possible. Using his own knowledge to bridge such gaps, Tyrone’s 30-minute sessions provide an opportunity for entrepreneurs to step forward with their technical challenges and receive tangible guidance on resolving them.

Episode Highlights

  • “Culture is not just about team-building events. Does the team understand the mission that you're on? Do people actually believe in what you do?” — Tyrone Adams
  • “What I learned about a growth mindset is I can put myself in situations where I can continuously push and evolve myself if I don't limit myself based on what I know about me from the past.” — Tyrone Adams
  • “I want to change the narrative that people have about African people. Africa, to me, is this untapped goldmine of talented individuals.” — Tyrone Adams

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