Closer ties between Nigeria and Silicon Valley

As you can see below, there are growing ties between Silicon Valley and Nigeria.

Goldman Sachs is a major backer of Jumia, the Nigeria headquartered e-commerce venture that became the first VC funded tech company in Africa to IPO on a major exchange, the NYSE in 2019.

Goldman also led a $20 million round last year for Nigerian trucking logistics company Kobo360 .

The U.S. bank’s investment in tech companies operating in Nigeria runs parallel to those by Visa, Mastercard, and SalesForce Ventures.

Nigerian tech is also home to a growing number of founders with ties to the U.S. and startups with operations in both countries. Nigerian fintech company Flutterwave, whose clients range from Uber to Cardi B, is headquartered in San Francisco with operations in Lagos. The company maintains a developer team across both countries for its B2B payments platform that helps American companies operating in Africa get paid.

MallforAfrica — a Nigerian e-commerce company that enables partners such as Macy’s, Best Buy and Auto Parts Warehouse to sell in Africa — is led by Chris Folayan, a Nigerian who studied and worked in the U.S. The company now employs Nigerians in Lagos and Americans at its Portland processing plant.

Africa’s leading VOD startup, iROKOtv maintains a New York office that lends to production of the Nigerian (aka Nollywood) content it creates and streams globally.

Andela, a tech-talent accelerator with over $180 million in VC, was co-founded by American Jeremy Johnson and Nigerian entrepreneur Iyinoluwa Aboyeji. The company has offices in New York and Lagos and employs over 1000 engineers.

Over the last five years, Silicon Valley’s ties to Africa and Nigeria have grown. There are a number of Nigerians working in senior positions in the Bay Area, such as Ime Archibong at Facebook — the U.S. company that opened an innovation lab in Nigeria in 2018, called NG_Hub.

But it is not enough. Not nearly enough. Why? No PayPal to receive payments if you are based in Nigeria and don’t have a New York office. Now, that’s severely limiting.

News Flash: Flashing No Longer Enough For Used Phone You Want To Sell

Once upon a time, if you wanted to sell your old phone, all you needed to do was to flash it, and all your personal info would be erased.

Not anymore. Now there is free online software that people could use to scan the phone and extract info from a flashed phone.

Luckily, there is something you can do yourself in the settings area of your phone to keep any personal info even from people that can recover flashed info before you sell that phone.

To learn the technique, click the link below.

Mind-blowing fact about mathematical power

Hey. I saw this below about the power of math to tell you things not happening in your presence, and it was totally mind-blowing, I thought I must share.

2200 years ago, Eratosthenes estimated the Earth’s circumference using math without ever leaving Egypt. He was remarkably accurate. Christopher Columbus later studied him.


Bonus fact: Birds are dinosaurs.

Do some research, and tell us if you agree or not.

How to Easily Create a Staging Site for WordPress – A Lagos WordPress Community Event

Lagos WordPress Community will be hosting an event themed How to Easily Create a Staging Site for WordPress (Step by Step), on Wednesday, October 23, 2019 from 11:30 AM to 1:30 PM; at 41 Road, G close, house 3, Festac Town, Lagos (Hub30 Cowork) contact number is 8067013746.

See details here

From Lagos WordPress Community: WordPress for Business: Numbers, the Best Storyteller

Daniel A. and Haastrup A. from Lagos WordPress Community Public MeetUp group will be hosting WordPress for Business: Numbers, the Best Storyteller on Saturday, October 5, 2019 by 10:00 AM to 1:00 PM

Venue is WhoGoHost, 36 Olumuyiwa Street, Off Babington Ashaye Crescent, Ikeja, Lagos. See more in the Continue Reading link below:

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