About Isaac Sesi – The Person and The Website
Hey there, here’s everything you want to know about me, about this website and more.
It’s a long tale of my story, how I got here, why I started this website and what this website is about. I hope it inspires you to not give up on your dreams, to press on and to get to where you want to go. Enjoy!
My name is Isaac Sesi. I am an entrepreneur, front end developer and an embedded systems engineer. I am the co-founder of Sesi Technologies, an AgriTech company which develops hardware and software solutions for farmers and agribusinesses in Africa. I have also co-founded 2 other startups in the past; Invent Electronics and Wires & Bytes.
On this site, I help young aspiring African entrepreneurs build their dream business by sharing practical businesses insights, proven strategies the relevant resources they need to succeed. I also work with young people to help them achieve their professional goals and take their businesses to the next level.
If you’d like to know more about me, here’s my story below.
My story, my journey and how I got here…
I grew up in Accra like a regular Ghanaian kid. Everything was fine till I was 11. My dad lost his job and we had to move from Accra to Kasoa in the Central region. Things were very tough and I often had to go to school on an empty stomach.
My family had a phone at the time so during weekends, while my friends were in school, I went round asking neighbours if they’d make phone calls for a fee.
Sometimes business was great. Sometimes it wasn’t, but the joy of being paid for a service rendered was wonderful and that was when entrepreneurship really got into me.
I noticed that the kids in my neighbourhood liked groundnut cakes so I asked my mum to teach me how to make them. During the week, I saved my pocket money and on Saturdays, bought groundnut and sugar and made groundnut cakes for sale.
It turned out to be a very profitable venture and I shared part of the proceeds with my family and used the rest to buy books and other necessities for school.
In high school, (Mfantsipim School) things got tough again and I became a real hustler; doing whatever I could to make ends meet.
I studied technical drawing as one of my elective subjects. We used to draw on A3 sheets so I realized I could sell A3 sheets to all technical drawing students in the school and make a lot of money, so I did just that!
I sold about 300 sheets weekly for 2 years and made enough profit to feed myself and take care of other school necessities. I was 16 years at the time.
My first real ‘company’, which we called Macrovisions started back in high school. My friend, Nehemiah, saw this ad in a newspaper where we could get flash drives and external hard disks to buy for very cheap. So we decided to buy and resell them to our mates in school. Flash drives and external hard drives were in high demand among students at the time.
We printed flyers and posters and asked our friends to order their flash drives and external hard drives through us. We made a whole big deal out of it!
After getting a sizeable order (we made sure they paid for the orders first) I travelled from Cape Coast to Accra (against the school rules), bought the drives and came back to school to distribute. Sometimes the journeys took 8 hours or more and I often got back to school after midnight.
The profits we were making was so much that I didn’t mind travelling every week to Accra.
I was also science club vice president in 3rd year and the science club had a big TV so occasionally, my friends and I got a few science fiction movies, and advertised film shows and sold movie tickets. We made some money in the process!
In 2012 I got into Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology to study Electrical/Electronic Engineering but I quickly got disinterested in school because school had almost been reduced to cramming course content and regurgitating them during exams….but I wanted more than that.
So I decided to give myself some real education outside the classroom. I read voraciously, took a lot of online courses, learnt more electronics, web design and software development and read pretty much everything I saw online related to business. I applied all of what I have learned online to start my first business and I haven’t looked back since!
Fast forward >>
All of these experiences groomed me to become what I am today.
In 2014, I set up and registered Invent Electronics Ltd, and in 2015 I co-founded Wires & Byte with 3 other friends. In 2016 I co-founded my 2EB Media with 3 other friends. In 2018, I founded Sesi Technologies, which is what I am doing most of the time now.
Altogether, my startups have won more than 10 international awards. I have been featured by the MIT Technology Review, Citi Business News, Disrupt Africa among others. I have had the opportunity to showcase my work to several heads of states including the president and vice president of Ghana, the Chancellor of Germany, Angela Merkel and Prince Charles of Wales.
I was recently named as one of 50 most influential young Ghanaians in Science and Technology for 2018.
Other Stuff I’m doing
I am very passionate STEM and together with my friends, we run Nsesa Foundation, a non profit whose vision is to spur an “Innovation Revolution” in Ghana by equipping young people with skills in STEM and we run several projects every year aimed at achieving that vision
Outside of work, I love playing the piano, coding, writing on this blog and taking pictures of nature and wildlife.
Along the line, I have had many failures, which I haven’t shared in this post, but in all, it has been a thrilling journey so far.
Going forward, I plan to spend more time growing my startups to become multi-million dollar companies, doing more research in the field of education and agriculture and working on our STEM projects at Nsesa Foundation.
Thank you for taking the time to read this. I look forward to your comments. Feel free to send me a message and I’ll get back to you ASAP.
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