Rwanda Launches First “Made in Africa” Smartphones

Smartphone penetration in Africa is estimated to be around 45%, generally lower compared to the rest of the world, but surprisingly high when considering how challenging it is to deploy adequate wireless communications infrastructure in many parts of the Continent. Nonetheless, nearly 75% of the African population has access to SIM-based services, which means that…

54gene Raises $4.5 Million for World’s Largest Pan-African Bio Bank

When discussing the issue of ethnic, cultural, and religious diversity, many people think about the United States because of its history; after all, America is a country that has been largely shaped by immigration. Once we look beyond North America, however, we start seeing countries with far greater rates of diversity, to wit: Tanzania, Uganda,…

Meet Dr. Abasi Ene-Obong and His Brilliant African Genome Project

At the recent Y Combinator Demo Day, an event that brings together promising technology startups with prospective investors, one company particularly stood out in terms of future vision. 54gene, a biotechnology company founded by Dr. Abasi Ene-Obong of Nigeria, was the Y Combinator startup that really caught the attention of venture capital firms because the…

Cashmere App: Millenial Cachet

Millenial Cachet:  Technology has undeniably made many aspects of modern life easier. Within the sector, a number of specialized industries have sprouted. Fintech (Finance + Technology) is one booming example. Fintech uses technology (everything from mobile apps to Artificial Intelligence) to transform financial and banking services while solving problems for users. One standout is the…

Bloody Mess: Silicon Valley’s Golden girl

Inside Silicon Valley’s Bloody Battle: Lately, gossip magazines, pundits, opinionators and lifestyle sections of major newspapers have been busy covering a flurry of news stories related to flamboyant fraud, deception and duplicity. There was the infamous Bahamas Fyre Festival that never took place, the amazing case of the fake German heiress Anna Delvey, and the…