Erik Hersman is an entrepreneur and technologist focused on advancing the use of internet in Africa. In the wake of the 2008 election violence in Kenya, Erik helped cofound Ushahidi, the free and open source software for crowdsourcing crisis information, and also established afrigadget.com and whiteafrican.com as key online communities promoting creative solutions entrepreneurship and development challenges across Africa. Erik is now the CEO of BRCK, which creates rugged wireless WiFi devices designed and engineered in Kenya for use throughout the emerging markets and the cofounder of the iHub, Nairobi’s innovation hub for the technology community, bringing together entrepreneurs, hackers, designers and the investment community. He is also a general partner in the Savannah Fund, and sits on the boards of Gearbox, Akirachix, the Kijabe Forest Trust, and the Whitaker Peace and Development Initiative.
On This Episode you’ll learn:
What is the biggest opportunity in the African tech ecosystem right now?
How did the early stages of the Nairobi’s tech ecosystem form?
What technology is Africa in a unique position to adopt earlier than the rest of the world?
What international investors are most active in Kenyan technology companies?