Today, we caught up with Bade, the founder of Bincom ICT solutions and the winner of The Future Awards, Best Use of Technology 2010. He shared with us his journey so far and plans ahead.
WTN: First, congrats on your last award and recent Joomla day Nigeria, you are really an inspiration!
Bade: Thank you. The award was totally unexpected. I would say it is God oh! For Joomla Day, we truly believe in Open source, though we did not get as much support as we expected (it was the 3rd edition) , we are glad the event was successful.
WTN: Let’s meet you
Bade: My name is Bade Adesemowo. I am an ICT consultant. I presently serve as Deputy Group Head [Development] in Bincom ICT solutions. I studied electrical engineering from Unilag. I have a few certification in various areas of IT (A+, prince2, Itil, microsoft e.t.c) . I would say I am an open source ambassador though I work more with social media right now . Oh and recently, I won future awards for best use of technology.
WTN: Can you share with us, your startup experience?
Bade: I always knew i would be starting a company before I left school. though the plan then was to work for about 3 years first (in then Celtel). The company literally started with a boy, his laptop , with a phone and his car trunk for office. We eventually started using my room as an office , moving the bed out during the day. Back then all we used to do was web development. But we grew very fast first as a team and then in our service areas. Lets just say God is blessing us .
WTN: Your view about business adoption of internet?
Bade: Businesses adoption of the the internet is still in its infancy stage. The level is far from the potentials possible. But I would not hesitate to say that we are growing, gradually but surely.
WTN: How is getting businesses interested in web presence generally?
Bade: It depends generally on the client. Some clients are already in search for a solution so it is easier to facilitate best use of tech for their needs. The converse are clients that you generally have to identify the issues and then proffer a solution . And then “fight” the management to implement change and some times fight their accounts to realease enough funds.
WTN: What is your view about the Nigerian Internet market?
Bade: It is growing. I mean it is easy to look around us now (LAGOS) to find people that have a version of mobile internet or the other. But then in the other areas of nigeria , Almost every body I know are always on facebook and at worst facebook mobile. But then those are the people I know. I do know statistics say that penetration is currently less than 10%.
WTN: Investors & technologist, what do you think is missing, money or innovation?
Bade: I think money is not an issue if there is innovation. However, it is considerably harder to get financing for ideas in Nigeria. I also believe in thinking big , starting small and growing fast.
WTN: How has growing the Joomla User group been, any updates?
Bade: Truthfully, we have not been able to do any meetings since the last Joomla Day in December 2009 . We are looking forward to having some sort of meet up sometime in the 2nd quarter of 2010. It may however be a CMS meet-up and not necessarily just joomla. These things cost us a lot in terms of resources, time and finance. We truly want to give back as much as possible to the open source community
WTN: Joomla University, what is the turnout like?
Bade: The turnout was weak at the beginning (last april) but very gradually the Joomla!Uni has grown into formidable brand. We ran a version of the beginner class with NTA lagos recently.
PS: we are starting Drupal trainings in May too .
WTN: Internet connections in Nigeria, what’s your view about it?
Bade: Our broadband is like a quarter of the speed in the UK . I think it can be better. One of the challenges is the
WTN: If you are not doing web business which business would you have been doing?
Bade: Probably communication, I studied electrical engineering, you see.
WTN: Going forward, what should we expect from your company?
Bade: Best Use of Technology I guess. We have some great plans for 2010 . Our social media arm is growing . We just finished a project for one of the leading banking brands. It should launch before you publish this. We also started a management ICT strategy and training service. Ultimately, We are growing as an organisation .
WTN: For our internet market to grow at a faster rate, what should we do as investors, technologist, entrepreneur, business and government?
WTN: I guess the challenge is competition. If more people are willing to invest (and not just in money) in this sector, other industry leaders would sit up. The truth is that these things are not difficult.. The problem is the “WILL” .
WTN: What do you have for budding entrepreneurs?
Bade: Well we are starting Bincom ICT career talk bimonthly from April 17 . It is specifically designed to answer questions of young people considering careers in ICT and maybe also budding entrepreneurs. We intend to bring industry leaders in Nigeria to give talks to their potential protegees . Basically creating a mentoring platform in ICT . This is one of our main CSR goals for 2010 . http://www.bincom.net/ict-career-talk