The ninth episode of Technext’s podcast series Tech Bytes featured Rachael Akalia, Brand Manager at Patricia, who also helps Fintech startups build an audience by bridging the gap between user experience and brand perception, using data-informed marketing practices.
As usual, this episode of Tech Bytes featured a review of major news items in the tech space, conversations and events in the world of tech during the week. You can read on these stories by clicking on the links below:
- The UK to integrate blockchain technology into traditional markets
- Kenya to introduce a 20% tax for digital lenders
- Twitter and Musk find a middle ground
- TikTok improves screen time feature
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Tech Bytes with Rachael Akalia
The focus point, Rachael Akalia, shared her experience with the blockchain space and other women in the tech space.
You can listen to the full episode of this week’s Tech Bytes below:
Rachael mentioned that her first experience with tech was when she started working with Patricia, she, however, had prior knowledge of blockchain technology.
When I started working with Patricia, I really got interested in blockchain technology space because I saw the opportunity in the space and it was exciting.Rachael Akalia
Though she studied Economics at Nnamdi Azikiwe University, Awka, Anambra, she didn’t find what she was doing relevant. The relevance came after she entered the tech space.
Patricia was a fast moving train that offered the opportunity to grow and learn.Rachael Akalia
For her, being in the tech space has been enlightening. Also having coaches and sponsors too has been phenomenal, she mentions. Asides that, she says she is usually curious, and therefore likes to get on top of everything.
She also notes that the tech space is not difficult to penetrate. Every resource and material is on the internet, hence, anybody looking to penetrate the space can access them directly from the source, while having people as guides.
On male dominance in the tech space, she claims that in 2018, that could have been a major conversation, however, change has happened and with several possibilities like health tech, agric-tech and many more, women are breaking grounds right now.
They are a lot of women changing the narrative in the tech space.Rachael Akalia
In terms of funding, she expressed optimism and assurance that investors would be willing to invest in women startups as long as their products have potentials. She mentioned quite a number of women who are currently raising funding for their startups.
On challenges, Rachael Akalia mentioned that she has people to cheer her up when she encounters challenges, and that she thrives on challenges.
I hate been comfortable.Rachael Akalia
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