In this episode of the Startup Stories, we had an interview with the co-founder and CEO of DeliveryNow NG, Ogunlade Ayobami Olawale in Ado-Ekiti, Ekiti State, Nigeria. He shares insights into how his business started and what they are currently doing. Enjoy.
Can you tell us about you and what are you currently working on?
Hi, my name is Ogunlade Ayobami olawale, the Co-founder and Chief Operation officer at DeliveryNow NG. A graduate of Ekiti State University where I studied Computer Science.I am an indigene of this state,from Ikoro Ekiti (Ijero LG)
What is your backstory and how did you come up with this idea?
DeliveryNow was an idea that came to us right from our university days. My colleague Bashir Korede and I both lead a developer community sponsored by Facebook, this developer community exposed us to several possibilities and the power of leveraging technology to improve our environment. Facebook gave us the opportunity to meet industry experts, startup owners and several opportunities which shaped us. With this exposure and knowledge, we felt the need to render a solution that will improve our community. In a bid to solve the problem of logistics in the delivery of food and parcels across Ekiti as fast, cost effective and efficient as possible, We saw a need in this area and this brought about DeliveryNow.
How are you building your business?
Through boot camps and Startup Incubator programs.
What are your marketing strategies to grow your business?
Same strategy like every other standard logistic company out there, advertising and Sales promotion.
What are your goals for the future?
Our goal is to make delivery fast, cheap, efficient, easy, at anywhere and anytime.
What were the biggest challenges you faced and the obstacles you overcame?
Our greatest challenge is getting funds to start operation but we make do with what we had to get to where we are right now.
Which are your greatest disadvantages? What were your worst mistakes?
The business idea has been birthed since undergraduate days and school workload was too much to launch.
If you had the chance to do things differently, what would you do?
Nothing, we did all we had to do the best way we can.
What are some sources for learning you would recommend for entrepreneurs who are just starting?
There are two sides you need to balance, there is the physical side of business and the spiritual side of business. As an entrepreneur, cultivate the habit of reading books. Attend Startup incubator programs to learn from industry experts. This will allow you to know what works and what doesn’t. Most importantly apply the kingdom principles into your business, you can decide what business to do but you don’t decide who buys from you.
Where can we go to learn more about your business?
Twitter: @DeliveryNowNG, Facebook: @DeliveryNowEkiti and IG: DeliverynowAfrica