Munyaradzi Gwatidzo, the Business Mentor and Motivator!

Munyaradzi Gwatidzo, the Business Mentor and Motivator!

Strive Masiyiwa came first in social media interactions, accumulating 7.8 million interactions, to surpass Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg with 7.53 million. 

His regular posts are popular with aspiring entrepreneurs globally, seeking his nuggets.

Munyaradzi Gwatidzo, Astro Mobile Africa CEO is following Masiyiwa’s footsteps. On Facebook, he is a source of reference and mentor for emerging businesses. He posts on his business experiences, which inspires people.

In 2020, Eshagi was birthed to avail instant online cash loans. The product reduces hassles when settling bills, partnering local retail outlets. “There is nothing so satisfying than being part of a vision way bigger than you. At Astro Tech we believe in Africa which has unlimited financial capabilities,” Gwatidzo wrote on Facebook.

Astro Tech is focused on recruiting young people innovative minds. “The one thing I like most working with a young team is they don't have limitations,” Gwatidzo wrote. A 2015 report says Africa has more than 200 million people aged 15 to 24.

Gwatidzo has made inroads in the mobile and financial sectors, but he believes Africa still trails behind the best. “We definitely have a long way to go developing vibrant Fintech companies in Africa, on the top 250 Fintech companies we don't even have one African company,” he mentioned.

The technology investor is an inspiration, drawing form his experiences when he started his business. He was once muscled out of a business by his partners, losing almost everything, including his house. But he kept on going. “Everyone who has worked with me knows that I am definite about you knowing and understanding the reason why you do anything that you do,” Gwatidzo mentioned.
Munyaradzi Gwatidzo, the Business Mentor and Motivator!
Munyaradzi Gwatidzo, the Business Mentor and Motivator!
“Every time you find yourself doing something that you don't know why you are doing it you will find yourself losing motivation and almost giving up.”

He traced his own journey as a startup. “In my personal life there has been ups and downs, sometimes there were disappointments, failures, betrayals, losses. But because I know why I am doing what I do, giving up has never been an option.” Yearly, many businesses start and close.

In an article titled: open your eyes and see opportunities, Gwatidzo advises that, “Often the opportunities lie in problems or the needs of the people around you,” he wrote. “As an entrepreneur you have to make it your duty and your life purpose to meet those needs and solve the problems being faced by people around you.”

As a youngster, Gwatidzo observed the high cost of imported mobile phones on the African market. He began fixing mobile phones to find the right opportunity. At 19 he sold his first phone, a Nokia 3310. “This birthed a vision to connect Africa because access to a mobile device and the internet shouldn’t be a privilege but a basic need.”

His social media write-ups are with spirited nuggets meant to inspire readers. “As an entrepreneur I would want you to identify at least five lessons that you can learn from my story and write them down in the comments and I will pick the most interesting ones to share with everyone.” The write-ups have generated useful debate amongst his readers.

Gwatidzo emphasises on strategy. “What I have come to understand is that strategy is understanding what not to do,” Gwatidzo observed. “We tend to do things that don’t give us results because we are accustomed to them.” He adds that a good strategy demands a clear understanding of your competition, and may involve making painful decisions.
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