By Bitange Ndemo, Tim Weiss
This ebook is open entry lower than a CC via 4.0 license.
Presenting rigorous and unique learn, this quantity deals key insights into the old, cultural, social, monetary and political forces at play within the construction of world-class ICT strategies in Kenya. Following the coming of fiber-optic cables in 2009, Digital Kenya examines why the preliminary entrepreneurial spirit and electronic revolution has started to falter regardless of aid from encouraged marketers, foreign traders, coverage specialists and others. Written via engaged students and execs within the box, the ebook deals 15 eye-opening chapters and 14 one-on-one conversations with marketers and traders to invite why constructing ICT start-ups on a continental and worldwide scale continues to be a problem at the “Silicon Savannah”. The authors current evidence-based ideas to aid Kenya to proceed generating globally impactful ICT recommendations that enhance the lives of these nonetheless ready at the side-lines, and to encourage different international locations to do the same.
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We worked on Wang terminals connected to the university’s mainframe. I finished at the university and joined Kenya Polytechnic for a transition course to electronic engineering, where we studied everything related to “light [electrical] current” technology. I was equipped for the computer age in Kenya. The pre-Internet software development industry was also gaining traction at the time, with names like Lotus, FoxPro, and Dbase coming in. Around this time, the Internet landed visibly in Kenya through a company of young Turks called Africa Online and an older-guard company called FORM-Net Africa.
The personal computer and the Internet came to Africa especially with the backdrop of these global political realignments. Remember, the electronics giant Apple could not sell a certain model of computers to so-called “enemy states” of the USA. The mobile phone arrived on the scene in the 2000s, and now so has cyber-warfare, where 1 See Moraa, Hilda. 2015. A Kenyan Startup Journey: My 10 Key Lessons. 8uz9dnugf. 2 Conversation #1: Jimmy Gitonga of Afroshok Media 15 politically opposed countries have taken their differences online.
This was a strategy used again and again across Africa by the “other” Europeans. The Industrial Revolution took this state of affairs to an even higher level. With the “Scramble for Africa” and colonialism, Africa fell behind the development of the European and later American and Asian nations in world affairs. Globalization picked up speed, accelerating in the twentieth century because of two World Wars and electronic communication. Now, in the twenty-first century, globalization is spreading at the breakneck speed of the Internet and the mobile phone.
Digital Kenya: An Entrepreneurial Revolution in the Making by Bitange Ndemo, Tim Weiss