Jack Dorsey , twitter CEO, has suggested that he may move to Africa for at least three months this year. Dorsey tweeted about moving to Africa in mid-2020 on the 27th of November last year after a month long trip visiting entrepreneurs from different Nigeria, Ghana, Ethiopia and South Africa. Dorsey’s move could help boost the development of upcoming Africa’s tech entrepreneurs. Below we discuss five other Technology Founders we would like to see move to Africa and become Dorsey’s neighbours.
One of the most loved tech founders, Mark Zuckerberg is a man for high hopes of the advancement of technology in Africa. Zuckerberg, whose net worth is $68.2 billion as of August, 2019 made an unannounced visit to Lagos, Nigeria in 2016 where he visited startups such as Co-Creation Hub, Andela and a host of others. Recently Zuckerberg’s company ‘Facebook’ invested $10 million on “Libra”, a payment system similar to Bitcoin for its social media platforms such as Facebook, WhatsApp and Instagram. A residence in Nairobi, Kenya hosting Mark Zuckerberg could see the launch of Libra in the subsaharan African tech space.
Another tech founder we would love to see take up residency in Africa is none other than Amazon CEO ‘Jeff Bezos’. Over the year Amazon has invested $33 billions on logistics including delivery trucks, cargo planes and drones, meaning we could see the launch of drone deliveries in a place like Ethiopia. Bezos whose net worth is $115 billion is among the few that can invest in unlocking the value in both our logistics and transportation sectors which will help foster deeper intra-African trade. For example Ethiopia had a GDP of $234B in 2019 and trade represented 14% of their GDP.
If we’re to mention another tech founder we would love to see in Africa, then I believe it should be Sergey Brin. Co-founder of Google and former president of Google’s parent company ‘Alphabet’ with a net worth of $62 billion. Conceptualise a smart city wearing Google glass to read the latest news and updates. With over $650 million invested into “Google Glass”, Nigeria hosting Brin as a resident would not only help boost the growing tech space but more innovative ideas like the “Google Glass” could be given a platform. This is obvious as ICT has been a major contributor to Nigeria’s GDP rising from 11.22 percent in the second quarter of 2018 to 13.85 percent in the second quarter of 2019.
Founder of SpaceX and CEO of Tesla motors, Elon Musk is another tech founder we would love to see take up residence in Africa. Musk who holds a South African citizenship and currently has a net worth of $30.2 billion would help bring the much needed technologies and innovations necessary to change the African tech scene. Visualise bustling from Pretoria to Johannesburg in minutes through one of Musk’s hyperloop tunnels. Not only will this improve transportation but would also provide jobs which would in turn boost the economy.
Lastly but not the least is Microsoft co-founder and former chairman, Bill Gates -no stranger to Africa. Gates believes electrifying Africa is a major step to boosting Africa’s technology landscape. Bill Gates w net worth is $110 billion spends up to $2 billion yearly through his charity foundation on the African Continent for development in agribusiness and improving medical healthcare. Bill Gates moving to a country like Malawi will not only improve the tech space but provide the much needed electricity that is needed in the country.
Imagine taking a driverless car in South Africa, or receiving a Drone delivered package in Ethiopia, using applications created by indigenous African programmers and witnessing as new start-ups rise and change technology in Africa as we know it. Africa is seen as the next continent for a technological boom and we would be very glad to host tech founders willing to invest in the African tech space.