29 – Nairobi, Kenya
What Are You Most Passionate About?
Entrepreneurship and creating employment. I envision a world with equal opportunities for all.
Who Is Your Hero? Why?
Barack Obama. He has shown that no matter your background, upbringing, race or gender, you alone control what you can do, how high you can soar and who you will be. While politics is not my favorite discussion or aspiration, Obama’s incredible political journey, his triumphs and achievements despite all the odds and obstacles, and his humility throughout, make him my hero.
What Is Your Favorite Sound?
A child’s laughter. There is no better or more infectious sound. It makes you forget your troubles.
What Project Would A Laptop Help You With?
My wife and I founded a start-up called Campus Discounts.
Campus Discounts helps connect students – most of whom are on tight budgets – to nearby businesses who offer products on a discount, thus saving students money while increasing brand awareness.
We work on the site together but we have to share a decrepit laptop that’s way passed its prime (as you can see from the pictures).
How would a laptop help you?
A laptop donation would go a long way in helping us develop the platform (our current laptop can’t install development software) and market it on social media platforms. Furthermore, with better equipment, we are confident that our efforts will pay off. Then we can showcase our start-up to investors in order to acquire funding and hire a staff. We will encourage our staff to start ventures of their own and continue the cycle and fight against poverty.
What do you love about this project?
We love that it is positioned in Nairobi’s growing IT sector, but most importantly we love that we’ve built a platform that can easily transcend borders and put Africa on the map of scale-able startups or “unicorns” as they’re sometimes called. We love it because should we achieve this, we can prove that the notion of Facebook, Whatsapp or Twitter isn’t a fever dream, it’s possible for anyone with passion and a dedication to hard-work to achieve. That would pave the way for more startups in our region.
What Languages do you speak?
English, and Swahili.
Given a choice, would you prefer a Mac or PC?