1. Seattle

    These last 3 days have been filled with lots of activity. Had a great time with the team at BlueKai on Monday and Tuesday winding up my short internship with them. They have all been really wonderful there and generous with their time. Loved every minute. Loved the morning standups and the walkthroughs and the 1 on 1’s with Ajit.

    That’s me there with Amlan Chakraborty on my right and Alex Zhou on the left. They are part of the team of 5 software engineers at the BlueKai Seattle dev office.

    Had an opportunity to spend the morning at the Microsoft HQ in Redmond and saw some new stuff they are working on. I live tweeted most of the discussion and presentations made there.

    Main takeaway was that Microsoft has a number of initiatives to support entrepreneurs on the African continent in terms of access to affordable (in some cases free) software to use in building applications as well as access to cloud services. They are also key drivers of a number startup focused initiatives on the continent like the inaugural DEMO Africa event to take place in Nairobi later this year.

    In the evening we went off to the University of Washington. I had the opportunity to be part of the panellists discussing the topic “Afro-Optimism: A Positive Outlook on Africa” at an event there.

    The event was organised by the World Affairs Council’s Young Professionals International Network. The place was pretty packed and the enthusiasm for a different African narrative is quite encouraging. Thanks Kunle and YPIN!

    This was the last night in Seattle. Off to Chicago tomorrow morning. It’s goodbye to this beautiful rainy city, its warm people and the Space Needle.

     
  2. A bit surprised at the coverage this got. Feel a bigger responsibility to other techies & entrepreneurs and Zimbabwe’s tech ecosystem (and indeed the wider economy) than I initially did. Looking forward to meeting other African entrepreneurs and looking forward to the experience.