#51: Jiji - How the Classifieds platform became the largest marketplace in West & East Africa
Afrobility: Africa Tech and BusinessMay 20, 2022
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#51: Jiji - How the Classifieds platform became the largest marketplace in West & East Africa

Overview: Today, we’re going to talk about Jiji - the African classifieds platform. We’ll explore the Jiji story across 6 areas:

  1. Classifieds platforms in other emerging markets
  2. Classifieds platforms in Africa
  3. Jiji’s early history
  4. Jiji’s product & monetization strategy
  5. Jiji’s competitive positioning & potential exit options
  6. overall outlook.

This episode was recorded on May 15 2022.

Companies discussed: Jiji, Genesis Group, Naspers, OLX, Craigslist, Avito.ru, Adevinta, Jumia, Konga, Cars45, Cheki.ng, Autochek, Tonaton, Saltside Technologies, Bikroy, Dubizzle, Kalahari, Autotrader & Property24

Business concepts discussed: Classifieds platforms, classifieds monetization, M&A strategy, e-commerce, social commerce, agency banking & marketplace 

Conversation highlights:

  • (01:36) - Why we’re talking about GG today
  • (09:51) - Classifieds platforms in other emerging markets
  • (23:15) - Africa classifieds context
  • (27:12) - OLX in Africa
  • (36:48) - Jiji founding and early history
  • (45:33) - Fundraising and Growth
  • (1:03:09) - Product and monetization strategy
  • (1:09:33) - Competition and options for exit
  • (1:30:06) - Olumide’s overall thoughts and outlook
  • (1:32:13) - Bankole’s overall thoughts and outlook
  • (1:38:55) - Recommendations and small wins

Olumide’s recommendations & small wins:

  • Recommendation: Re-watched Amelie - Great movie
  • Small win: Setup 2nd whiteboard in my room. Fun times ahead
  • Interested in investing in Africa Tech with Olumide: Read about Adamantium fund & contact me at olumide@afrobility.com
  • Founders looking for funding: If you're a B2B founder working on Education, Health, Finance or food, please contact me for funding at olumide@afrobility.com

Bankole’s recommendations & small wins:

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