Perspective by TMS Ruge of Project Diaspora…
What can I say to Canada about Africa that isn’t already in the public realm? Where does one start the conversation about the future of 53 countries and a billion people? How do I enumerate the many ways that Africa is rising right before your eyes in just one article? I can’t. Instead I will look at one sector that I find particularly fascinating, and that not many people pay enough attention to. It is also the one sector that affects the social and economic development of the whole continent in one way or another.
In Malcolm Gladwell’s Outliers, the author made the case that success comes most often as a combination of environment, timing, opportunity and most importantly, after the requisite 10,000 hours of hard work. Gladwell gave us some pivotal facts behind some of the biggest names in the personal computing industry. Steve Jobs, Bill Gates, Bill Joy, Eric Schmidt, and Scott NcNealy were profiled in great detail. By the time computer programming was catching on — propelled by the invention of computer time-sharing in 1965, the precursor to the internet and cloud computing — these guys were at the prime ages between 13 to 15. By the time each one of them launched their companies and products, they had already spent approximately 10,000 hours perfecting their craft. The results being Microsoft, Apple, Sun Microsystems, and the Java and UNIX platforms.
I posit that Africa’s tech space is positioning itself to offer a similar magical combination of factors that will allow Africa’s digerati to define themselves.
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