The Afritech Verified Podcast is back with a new host - Towsyn Omowole, Community Lead at Afritech XYZ. In this month’s episode, she speaks to Josh Nzewi, co-founder of Eze [pronounced easy], the world’s first fully automated marketplace for trading new and used electronics in wholesale quantities. From telling us what it’s like going through YC, to comparing doing business in Africa and the US, Josh gives us a great insight on the rewards and challenges of the founder journey.
Josh spent his formative years in North Carolina in the United States and studied petroleum engineering at university. He was a reservoir engineer at Shell for 3 years before exploring the used mobile phone marketplace. As he delved deeper into the sector, he discovered an industry much bigger than he had imagined but fraught with inefficiencies, fraud and bad actors.
Josh also takes us through his experience of taking two startups through Y Combinator - first with Releaf and then with Eze. He tells us about YC’s “high intensity environment” and how it pushed Eze to its limits but also provided a great network to be plugged into.
Finally Josh shares his hopes of growing Eze’s presence beyond Nigeria and much more.
Listen to the full episode here.
You can connect with Josh Nzewi via LinkedIn or Twitter.