Why Parts of Africa Are More Open to Technological Advances Than the U.S.

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Why Parts of Africa Are More Open to Technological Advances Than the U.S.

Sometimes there’s a hometown disadvantage, according to one tech entrepreneur who launched her product first in Kenya.


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When most people think of cutting-edge technology solutions, their first thought is Silicon Valley. But for Jaye Connolly-LaBelle, CEO of RippleNami, her focus is the continent of Africa. RippleNami is billed as the first data visualization platform that connects people with easy-to-use Blockchain and mapping solutions to solve critical issues for underdeveloped countries. 

Connolly-LaBelle spoke with Entrepreneur about how her company found success in 17 countries in Africa and why she may not have found the same success in the U.S. 

This interview has been edited for length and clarity. 

You launched your technology in Kenya first. Why there?

It is a greenfield for technology. They don’t have legacy ICT systems over there, and many peo

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