The challenge of building “African” platforms…


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What is an African platform? What does it look like? and perhaps more importantly what does it do? Will it address a Need or a Want?

What exactly will make it African? Will it work elsewhere in the World? or Will it address uniquely African problems?

What are uniquely African problems?

Is there such a thing as an African Market Place? If so Where is it?

These are questions one must ask themselves in the quest of building “African Platforms”.

I subscribe to the view that the African Platform will be Mobile and it is on this canvas that relevant applications/services will emerge and those that will win will be those that help “The African” ┬áthrive and not simply survive.

This is because if there is one things Africans share in common is hope for the future.

So get started with a local opportunity and then watch how it may just affect the World.

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About John Karanja

I am the Founder of BitHub Africa a Blockchain Accelerator providing Consultancy and Incubation services for individuals and firms interested in Bitcoin and Blockchain Technology. I am also a Director at Space Kenya Networks Ltd which is a company I co-founded in 2008 that provides work space for businesses and startups operating in Nairobi. I have been awarded the Vision2030 ICT Award 2011 for Innovation in Youth and Gender Sector by the Kenyan Government.