Kenya’s Tech Scene Ripe for Exporting to…
Erik Hersman is a man of many identities: founder, father, facilitator, partner, CEO, director, and instigator, to name just a few. However, he is best known for founding iHub, the first and biggest tech hub in Africa.
The Nairobi-based hub has just celebrated five years. It serves as a central locus for the region’s tech community, bringing together everyone from entrepreneurs and hackers to investors and advisors. In spite of iHub’s expansion into research, incubation, and testing, Hersman maintains that the organization’s core focus remains building a tech community.
In addition to iHub, Hersman co-founded the mobile app Ushahidi, which allows users to share breaking news via SMS. He’s also the CEO of BRCK, which produces a durable backup generator for the Internet, and a general partner in the Savannah Fund. Did we mention he’s a father of three and a prolific blogger to boot?