The message is clear: CEO Ginni Rometty wants IBM to play an active role in building innovation ecosystems in Africa.
California’s Silicon Valley is the prototype innovation ecosystem. It benefitted from the combination of good universities, entrepreneurial companies, government incentives and robust supplies of venture capital. Many of other places have tried to copy Silicon Valley’s formula—some quite successfully, among them Bangalore, India, and Singapore.
Kenya is among the countries in Africa that have the potential of creating a vibrant innovation ecosystem. Students and entrepreneurs dream of tapping science and technology to solve social and business problems. Universities aim to expand their research and teaching programs in science, math and technology. Business leaders are creating startup incubators to encourage entrepreneurship—places like iHub, FabLab Nairobi and NaiLab
"If we continue … to consume the world until there’s no more to consume, then there’s going to come a day, sure as hell, when our children or their children or their children’s children are going to look back on us — on you and me — and say to themselves, “My God, what kind of monsters were these people?"
How far we get in life is usually determined by how many chances are presented upon us to take us forward. Somebody once said to me that we should pursue opportunities, not luck. Because eventually, luck will follow. In life, we ‘buy’ opportunities with blood, sweat, tears, disappointments, sacrifices, and money. Lucky we still have pasar malam, where we could take a break and buy as many opportunities as we want with coins in our pocket.
Photo was shot by me using Canon EOS 60 D, 17-55mm EFS lens, last night at a nearby pasar malam