Practical Insights on Silicon Valley

The Technology Aristocracy Is The Problem

The Technology Aristocracy Is The Problem

Published on: Feb 02 2017 by Guest Writer - Comments Off on The Technology Aristocracy Is The Problem
There is one issue beyond all else that defenestrates the technology ecosystem of Rwanda and Sub Saharan Africa. It is something that every tech entrepreneur in...
We Are Not Alone: Silicon Valley is Donor Driven Development Too

We Are Not Alone: Silicon Valley is Donor Driven Development Too

Published on: Oct 14 2015 by Wayan Vota - 11 Comments
WeWork, the hot co-working space that features exposed brick, shiny desks, and free beer, has two locations in my office building. Both are beautiful and I only...
GSBI Silicon Valley is Recruiting Advanced Social Ventures for 2013

GSBI Silicon Valley is Recruiting Advanced Social Ventures for 2013

Published on: Nov 23 2012 by Wayan Vota - Comments Off on GSBI Silicon Valley is Recruiting Advanced Social Ventures for 2013
Silicon Valley Technology Salon: How Can Every African Woman Have Access to Broadband?

Silicon Valley Technology Salon: How Can Every African Woman Have Access to Broadband?

Published on: Oct 03 2012 by Wayan Vota - Comments Off on Silicon Valley Technology Salon: How Can Every African Woman Have Access to Broadband?
We all know that broadband connectivity is an accelerant for social and economic development. And we know that in the developing world, women are the key investors...
14 Lucrative ICT Skills for African Software Developers and Designers in 2012

14 Lucrative ICT Skills for African Software Developers and Designers in 2012

Published on: Jan 16 2012 by Guest Writer - 1 Comment
In the American and European technology space there’s a growing problem. There’s so much funding available for early stage startups that everyone and their...
Apply Now: Global Social Benefit Incubator 2011

Apply Now: Global Social Benefit Incubator 2011

Published on: Feb 21 2011 by Wayan Vota - Comments Off on Apply Now: Global Social Benefit Incubator 2011
Back in 2007, I was fortunate enough to attend the 5th annual Global Social Benefit Incubator (GSBI), a capacity-building program for up to 20 social ventures ready...
Is Computer Village Ikeja Dying?

Is Computer Village Ikeja Dying?

Published on: Dec 10 2010 by Wayan Vota - 2 Comments
Ah the fabled Computer Village in Ikeja, Lagos – the Silicon Valley of West Africa. Messy, unregulated, and wild, it was the digital mother that created...
Where Are Nigeria’s ICT Venture Capitalists?

Where Are Nigeria’s ICT Venture Capitalists?

Published on: Feb 08 2010 by Wayan Vota - 2 Comments
I hear much talk about how the Nigerian information and communication technology industry is the 2nd largest industry in Nigeria, right behind Oil and Gas, but I...
For Competitiveness, ICT Best Enables Other Industries

For Competitiveness, ICT Best Enables Other Industries

Published on: Dec 10 2009 by Wayan Vota - Comments Off on For Competitiveness, ICT Best Enables Other Industries
Often governments have the idea that that can increase the competitiveness of their country by investing in the ICT industry as an export sector. They are enamored...
Will Silicon Cape Create African Entrepreneurship?

Will Silicon Cape Create African Entrepreneurship?

Published on: Oct 13 2009 by Wayan Vota - Comments Off on Will Silicon Cape Create African Entrepreneurship?
At the beginning of 2009, Vinny Lingham put forth the idea of a Silicon Cape – an effort to recreate the success of Silicon Valley by removing the barriers...