Keynote from 7th Annual Carole I Smith Technology Symposium

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Pennsylvania State Senator LeAnna M. Washington joined with Temple’s College of Engineering and Fox School of Business to host her 7th Annual Technology Symposium in honor of Carole I Smith. The …

Pennsylvania State Senator LeAnna M. Washington joined with Temple’s College of Engineering and Fox School of Business to host her 7th Annual Technology Symposium in honor of Carole I Smith. The symposium will feature guest speakers, exhibits and robotic and multi-media demonstrations, and will be attended by 200 students from the School District of Philadelphia to learn about opportunities in Science and Technology.

Keynote by Jon Gosier

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  • 1. “PREPARING FOR AN UNKNOWN FUTURE” Jon Gosier, jon@d8a.com, @jongos Temple University Sept 27, 2013
  • 2. JON GOSIER, 32 Serial Tech Entrepreneur. Philanthropist. Investor. Designer. From Atlanta, GA Savannah College of Art and Design Founder of D8A, Appfrica & MetaLayer. Former Director at Ushahidi.
  • 3. STARTED WITH MUSIC Intern to Audio Engineer to Producer
  • 4. Deployed 40,000 times to date in 159 countries. Over 4 million citizen reports. Reach of 200 million+ globally.
  • 5. METALAYER
  • 6. METALAYER
  • 7. WHY AFRICA? WHY NOW?
  • 8. WHY AFRICA? WHY NOW? The African business landscape is rapidly changing. Currently, the global social sector spends around $200 billion in Africa. Total foreign direct investment in was $45.8 billion in 2011.1 In comparison, by 2020, African consumer facing businesses are projected to generate $400 billion in revenue.
  • 9. We help multinational technology corporations reach African consumer markets. Software Development. Market Research. Product Testing. Data & Analytics. Sourcing Talent. We help African companies reach foreign consumer markets. We invest. 1 2 3 HOW DOES APPFRICA MAKE MONEY?
  • 10. A LOOK AT AFRICA’S UPCOMING ENTREPRENEURS
  • 11. EXAMPLES OF AFRICAN TECH STARTUPS Matatu, a video game from Uganda that replicates a popular local card game iCow, a Kenyan service for crop and livestock farmers that helps them improve crop yields up to 300% Dropifi, a customer engagement and contact management solution for businesses SleepOut, a web app making it easier for travelers to book accommodations Minishop, a turnkey mobile/web/accounting system for shop owners SliceBiz, a Ghanian crowdfunding platform attempting to leverage the diaspora to fund businesses
  • 12. THE $100 MILLION+ CLUB
  • 13. CONNECTIVITY & PENETRATION Internet Penetration Continent:120 Million users (12%) 2005 - 2011 Growth Rate: 428.7% Mobile Penetration Continent: 600 Million users (65%) 2005 - 2011 Growth Rate: 380% Mobile Broadband Continent: 273.1 Million users 2005 - 2011 Growth Rate: 446%
  • 14. The best opportunities are never obvious. Any system can fail. Diversification is resilience. Be curious. Look for ideas outside your comfort zone. 1 2 3
  • 15. APPS4AFRICA (2010 - 2013) 19 Investments 12 African Countries Participants Have Raised Nearly $1 Million USD Average Follow-on Funding $90,909 USD11 Still Active PARTNERS U.S. Department of State, Google, Microsoft, Lions@frica, AfriLabs, VC4Africa, TED, HiveColab, DEMO Africa, Indigo Trust, SpotOne Global, The World Bank, Unreasonable Institute Total Invested $150,000 USD
  • 16. http://gosfellowship.com @gosfellowship
  • 17. “PREPARING FOR AN UNKNOWN FUTURE” Jon Gosier, jon@d8a.com, @jongos