Dateline 10/17/2018 : Lagos, Nigeria: Most people used to think about Nigeria when they get a spam message slipping by their normally effective spam filters, weaving a tall tale about millions of dollars which a portion of are yours if you would only just provide your current bank account number, aka Advance Fee Fraud or a 419 Fraud. Well, in a strange twist to this tall tale, Jennifer Katharine Gates (yes, the daughter of “that” Bill Gates) has decided to base the engineering and customer service operations of her new startup Ping-oh! Inc. in Festac Town, (a suburb of Lagos, the largest city in Nigeria). President Goodluck Ebele Jonathan welcomed the news “I am very happy to hear that the Gates family is investing in our country. I have believed for a long time that our people are our greatest resource, and am glad to see that dream realized.” Ms. Gates, meeting with President Jonathan in the traditional Muslim burkha, had the following statement “I’m pleased that the Nigerian government and people have been so welcoming to us. In my father’s time, it would be unthinkable to base engineering operations in Africa, but with Nigeria’s increasingly online population, the culture of which began in the early-80s, the intelligent and resourceful Nigerian people learned both exemplary customer service and programming skills.” Ping-oh! plans to hire approximately 100 engineers and 50 customer service people to start.
About 6 years ago, I wrote a set of predictive stories about what life would be like 10 years out. Really interesting to go back to that time and see how much of that is on the way to actually happening: some of it – like 3d printers, are definitely moving along at a rapid clip. Others, not so much. I thought that you might find some of these interesting, so I’ll send them out in addition to my regular scheduled programming. Hope you enjoyed, and that it spurs some new thinking!