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7 Things We Learnt About Shola Akinlade & Paystack From His YC Interview

On Friday, November 6, for the second episode of Building From Ground Up, we’ll be featuring Shola Akinlade, Co-Founder/CEO, Paystack. Paystack is a payment-processing company that facilitates payments between African businesses and their customers anywhere in the world.

Shola started his career as a management trainee at Heineken and then proceeded to build software for Nigerian banks. Along the line, he grew dissatisfied with the state of payments in Nigeria and then co-founded PayStack with Ezra Olubi in 2015. Today, Paystack has raised over $11 million in funding, and was recently acquired by Stripe in a $200m deal that has been described as the ‘deal of the decade’.

Prior to starting Paystack, Shola also co-founded Precurio in 2008. Precurio is an open intranet platform for medium-sized enterprises. Today, the company serves over 2,500 organizations.

On this episode, Shola will share relevant ideas about company growth and success, and we’ll get to know all he has learned about building ambitiously in Nigeria.

People ought to learn from those who have been there and done that, and gain insights for their own work. This is why the UK-Nigeria Tech Hub created this series in partnership with TechCabal, and it is the idea that informs every episode.

If you’re thinking that you shouldn’t miss out on it, you’re definitely right.


Nov 6, 2020 11:00 AM in West Central Africa


photo of Shola AkinladeShola AkinladeCo-Founder/CEO @PaystackShola Akinlade is the Co-Founder and CEO of Paystack, an online payments company that helps African merchants get paid by anyone, anywhere in the world. Over 7,000 businesses use Paystack to collect both one-time and recurring payments, including some of Nigeria’s largest brands such as Domino’s Pizza, God is Good Motors, and Taxify. Paystack is proudly made in Lagos, Nigeria by a team of makers who are obsessed with solving deep infrastructure issues in payments for all of Africa.

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