Our first guest to kick off the East Africa bloc is Kenyan, Oscar Shivoga, the Chief Executive Officer of Kiko AI, a virtual shopping assistant that helps customers win over their behavioral human biases such as being too fatigued and overspending habits when shopping. If you are curious, then listen in and as always I will see you at the end.
Oscar is passionate about innovation, new challenges and building impactful products. His ambition is to make the world a better place by tackling some of the most urgent global issues via technology. Driven by empathy, creativity and proactivity, he brings great energy to every project he takes on. As a true visionary, Oscar brings a fresh perspective to enterprise innovation, where he combines analytical excellence with a flair for discovering new opportunities.
In the episode we talk about the problem Kiko Ai is solving and understand the issue of shopping cart abandonment. Kiko’s core mission over the next decade is to disrupt the $30 trillion global (trade) space through capturing 20% of the global market.
It was a pleasure to speak with Oscar and hear how he is using tech to solve this problem.
Connect with Oscar
- “It is an ideation that is trying to unlock the patterns as to why Kenyans behave the way they behave when they are going to look for goods and services that they need. Oscar S. [02:00]
- “We are trying to solve the problem of communication barriers, at the same time we are trying to solve the problem of intricate payment methods that are being used here in Nairobi and we are also trying to solve the problem of supply chain lags.” Oscar S. [04:19]
- “There is a need for artificial intelligence…” Oscar S. [8:25]
- “It is an issue of adoption, how to make customers know this thing is valuable to them…” – Oscar S. [14:50]
- “Currently 60% of our users are using voice to do their shopping…It is rapid, shopping on demand.” Oscar S. [25:26]
- “We are not running a business, we are building a movement. Kiko is a lifestyle it is not a business or an app, we are unlocking patterns in the society…” Oscar S. [28:00]
Review the Rare Birds Emerging Markets Podcast
Tweet us @RareBirdsHQ_