In this episode, meet Melkisedek Melkies Ausiku, founder of LEFA Transportation Services, an urban mobility startup connecting passengers on the one hand with drivers on the other, to make moving around Windhoek and Namibia more convenient and safe.
In the interview Melkies shares about his first experience using Uber in South Africa and how the idea of bringing a similar service to Namibia stuck with him. However, it was not until he lost his job as an electrical engineer that he really made the leap and turned the idea for LEFA into reality.
In the interview Melkies shares:
- How a partnership with Namibian Breweries provided the perfect launch pad for LEFA and gave the fledging business initial traction
- How he got drivers to not only join but also stay active on the app, even while initially there were only few passengers
- And how he managed to set up LEFA without reinventing the Wheel
He also shares how cultural conditioning can be a challenge when launching a business and what his advice to young people in Namibia is.
There is a lot of gold in this interview and we hope you enjoy it as much as we did.
And now, without further ado, enter Melkisedek Melkies Ausiku.