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Facts about Rod
- Since my Dad passed away when I was young, my Mom is everything for me. She is 77 years old, and my inspiration – my soul. She calls me her “last eggs,” as I’m the last son of her six children.
- I am fluent in English, French, and Bafoussam; I speak some German, also.
- I’ve traveled all over the world, including Jamaica, the United States, the Philippines, India, France, Mexico, Haiti, and Switzerland.
- Canada has given much to me, and I am grateful. I’m proud to be Canadian African.
- In 2012, I had the opportunity to spend a few months in Silicon Valley. Here, I learned from and met many tycoons, including Steve Wosniac of Apple, Mark Zuckerberg of Facebook, and Elon Musk. (As he is South African, he told me, “Let’s dominate America as Africans.”)
- I consider myself a people person, and I love connecting with, learning from, and brainstorming with other people. I value Emotional Intelligence (EQ) over IQ.
- I like self-motivator gurus like Gary Vee and Tony Robbins.
- My favorite business news sources are Entrepreneur.com and BusinessInsider.com.
My name is Rodrigue Fouafou. (Pronounced Rod-reeg Foo-wa-foo — but you can call me Rod.) Being born into a poor family with 32 brothers and sisters (my father had six wives), dreams of being successful and traveling the world were the main focus of my childhood. I grew up in the tiny African city of Bafoussam, Cameroon. How else could a small boy from the Bamileke tribe of Bafoussam succeed in the expansive world of business without first dreaming big? In fact, every step I’ve taken from my infancy forward has been a step forward in business. I literally cannot remember a day in my life when business was not at the forefront of my thinking and ambitions.
Every child has dreams and, whether consciously or subconsciously, seeks a person to emulate and follow in footsteps. For me, my brother Emmanuel (who was living in California) was that person. My father died in 1991 at a young age and I, too, was young — only 12 years old — at his death. I was just at the age where the questions of a young boy begin formulating into manhood. My brother Emmanuel, the first of the family to venture out of Cameroon, quickly stepped in to guide me. He paid my way through school and took a serious interest in my future. His love and guidance has helped develop my stature as a person of high integrity, moral standing, and determination.
I’ve often been told my name is a very memorable one — and I agree. My last name, Fouafou, means “king of village Bafoussam.” Foua means “king“ and Fou means “Bafoussam.” Rodrigue, a form of Rodrigo, means “famous, powerful ruler.” The meaning of one’s name is of great importance to those in Cameroon’s Bamileke tribe.
Every business needs a strong decision maker in the forefront, fearless of trial and determined to succeed. “Rodrigue Fouafou,” is, as you see, synonymous with success.
I embraced this story behind my name when I took my first leap as an entrepreneur. I had already started my career as a software engineer, after graduating with honours from the University of Ottawa with a Bachelor of Applied Science in Computer Engineering. I’d had a few successful years working at IBM and Nortel, also.
Then I met my first business partner. What came from the commingling of our minds, with extremely long hours of hard work, were Gourmandia.com and Vertamin, Inc. For three years we programmed, wrote, built, ate, and breathed Gourmandia and Vertamin. There was time for nothing but building business. As partner, design engineer, and computer engineer, I invested heartfelt devotion to the success of these businesses, which explore and reveal the masterminds behind premium video cooking recipes. To give an idea of our success, in less than 4 years we became, according to The New Yorker, #4 worldwide in the food vertical.
Currently, I am the CEO of HartNamtemah, Inc. – an investment and consulting firm I co-founded with a long-time Canadian friend (and genius), Marc Andre Hart. We specialize in mentoring and investing in African startups. We also work with investors interested in funding business ventures in other emerging markets around the world.
I am a great believer in Africa. It is on the cusp of a major global economic boom and I am excited to be at the frontline of the African startup revolution. I strive to uncover remarkable business and investment opportunities in Africa and foster the growth and success of innovative African startups. Some noteworthy startups we have funded and mentored include Njorku, a Cameroon-based job search engine and aggregator for African job seekers, and Kiro’o Games, an up-and-coming video game studio in Cameroon.
I have been blessed with well-rounded success; consequently, it is an honor to help others attain their goals in business. I also tutor those who are less fortunate, offer seminars, mentor all whom I am able, and help others obtain high school degrees.
I’ve been in the internet business since its inception. Like many others, I am an undying fan of Steve Jobs. Were it not for him (and others like him), I might never have had the chance to explore and create, as I do today. I might never have had the chance to leave Bafoussam to achieve my personal dreams, to learn from many a mistake (mine and others) and many a brilliant idea (mine and others).
I am impelled forward over the obstacles and humps of life — and business. Business, like life, is a set of dual challenges, of right moves or wrong moves, fear or boldness, determination or weakness, of getting up when you fall or staying down and wincing. Challenges procure success. Success cannot be had without challenges.
I relish challenge. There is the saying that “every problem has a solution.” To great minds, problems call for daring to face and achieve, not to run and hide under the covers in fear. I believe every challenge has a positive resolution. The decision to be firm and bold is just that, an exact decision. Decision instigates action. Action instigates forward motion. Forward motion instigates progression. Progression instigates success.
The whole of my experiences are the oils that keep the wheels turning, especially if the problem is business being stuck in the mud. I am the board under the tire that boosts your revving power to excel forward out of the mud. I am the stable and secure ground business needs to foster continual progression forward, thereby stabilizing the lengthy travel.
Seeking out and finding new business opportunities is exciting. Being young, aggressive and ambitious are in my favor. I’m in the very fortunate position of meeting with some great business minds and instigating and building new business opportunities. For me, the thrill of entrepreneurship is finding new, creative ways to make money and know the game was played fair — then spreading that knowledge, fairness, and achievement to others. Helping people is important to me and guides everything I do. I am grateful to be in the position to aid fledgling entrepreneurs and serve as a mentor.
Business. It is why I get up in the morning. (Well, that and a breakfast smoothie.) Business — my ultimate addiction. From Bafoussam to Toronto, from developing businesses and relationships to teaching others how also to succeed. This is what I’m all about.
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