01a: Kahiga Tiagha - The Journey

Part 2

NOTE:  inclusion I hack has moved to November 1st!

Kahiga’s career highlights include:

  • AWS Certified Solution Architect –Associate (March 2017)

  • 4x selection to Pennsylvania SuperLawyers "Rising Stars" in Business and Corporate Law (2010, 2013, 2014, 2015).

  • 2x awarded Certificate of Recognition, City of Philadelphia - City Council Resolution (2011, 2014).

  • Selected for Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Businesses Program (2014).

  • Appointed to Board of Directors of the African American Chamber of Commerce of PA, NJ and DE.

  • Chair of Legal and Immigration Committee of the Mayor’s Commission of African and Caribbean Immigrant Affairs.

  • Treasurer, Philadelphia Mayor Michael Nutter campaign (2006 - 07).




  • In 2015, Kahiga founded the ITEM, an 1100+ member non-profit initiative promoting diversity in the local tech industry via consulting, education and training, talent development, and entrepreneurship. Same year, also founded The ITEM Ventures, a technology advisory firm providing capital, management bandwidth and mentorship services to minority and female entrepreneurs in the Greater Philadelphia area and beyond.

  • Kahiga was born in New York, but grew up in Africa

  • He received his JD from George Washington University

  • Moved to Philly in September of 2000.

  • Young Involved Philadelphia works to keep graduating students in the Philadelphia area.

  • Amazon gained expertise in cloud-solutions through its e-commerce platform and created certification programs to meet the demand.

  • Kahiga went straight from undergrad to law school

  • He was a business attorney for the past 17 years.

  • Ran the boutique law-firm, Tiagha and Associates from 2009 to 2014.

  • Realized they were not differentiating themselves enough in the market place

  • VALUE: Novice entrepreneurs need to have written agreements amongst partners in the firm to have a predetermined course of action when and if things go wrong.

  • VALUE: All entrepreneurs should rethink their view of lawyers — looking at them not just as a problem solver, but also as a value creator and risk manager.

  • VALUE: An existing client is worth 5x more than a new client.

  • Check out the inclusion I hack on November 1st!