On Tuesday, Backstories with Fatu premiered on YouTube. Backstories with Fatu is a YouTube show hosted by tech entrepreneur Fatu Ogwuche on her channel Big Tech This Week, in which she discusses the stories of some of the most prominent people in the African tech ecosystem and the pivotal events that made it them what they are today. .
The first episode, which featured a conversation with Kola Aina, a renowned entrepreneur and founding partner of Ventures Platform, covered a variety of topics, including his journey before becoming a tech investor and what he looks for when backing founders. The conversation lasted about 40 minutes and seemed quite relaxed and frank, like a chat between friends. Ogwuche and Aina discussed the Payroll stack output and what it meant for him as an investor, the Nigerian Startup Billsome of his losses as an investor and his interesting art collection.
The highlight of the interview was Aina explaining how Ventures Platform stepped in to resolve the issue. ThriveAgric Crisis
in 2020. The agri-crowdfunding startup was unable to repay retail investors due to losses incurred by the COVID-19 pandemic, which led to countless fraud allegations on social media.
Aina also talked about how his personal rule of not backing founders he doesn’t view as inherently nice people keeps him from getting burned in the investment industry.
“We want to support founders who are honest people,” Aina said, “who treat their co-founders and employees decently and who are respectful. Because, to be honest, it eventually rises to the top.
Ogwuche said the purpose of the series goes beyond just entertainment.
“It serves as a launchpad for emerging technology entrepreneurs, providing them with practical insights and mentorship from seasoned industry veterans,” she revealed in a press release. “For established tech insiders, the interviews offer a glimpse into the future of an ever-changing ecosystem,” she added.
Ogwuche writes a weekly newsletter also called Big Tech This Week, a popular newsletter covering the African tech ecosystem. This season of Backstories will feature interviews with three more innovators in technology and business, including Odun Eweniyi of Piggyvest and Olumide Soyombo of Voltron Capital.
To watch the first episode and keep an eye out for future ones, visit Ogwuche’s YouTube channel here.