Category: World View

Africa, Innovation, and The Incredibles

Philip Auerswald recently took advantage of arch-villain Syndrome (from the Pixar movie The Incredibles) to paint a tongue-in-cheek picture of his relationship with Bill Easterly. Entertained and emboldened by this, I was reminded of my own insight from watching (more...

/ 9 April 2010

Why SMS in Africa?

Erik Hersman recently tweeted “I’d like to hear more on whether we should build SMS or internet services in Africa?”  This had the serendipitous effect of breaking a bit of a blogger’s block for me. I think most would agree...

/ 3 February 2010

Mobile Operators and Blue Gum Trees

I see in the press yesterday that Safaricom have won an innovation award for their MPesa service from a UN agency. “The Habitat Business Award for sustainable urbanization, which is organized by the United Nations Human Settlements Programme (UN-HABITAT), aims...

/ 28 July 2009

WGSDIA – Lobby For Cheaper SMS Charges

This third  “What Google Should Do In Africa” post could be subtitled “Grow some balls”.  Why, oh why, is it that Google, so unafraid to tackle telco and broadcast market behemoths in the United States, behaves like a timid NGO...

/ 30 June 2009

WGSDIA – Launch Google Voice in Africa

This the second installment in a series of posts in which I have the hubris to reflect upon What Google Should Do In Africa (#WGSDIA). There is some context for this post in the preface to the series. Imagine that...

/ 26 June 2009