When it comes to technology forerunners and early-adopters, we instantly think about the South Koreans and the Americans. Kenyans really don’t come to mind. Kenya is still thought of as a backward country with little modern infrastructure and much violence. This is a misleading image. Kenya has grown drastically since its independence from the U.K. It is now the leading innovator for mobile technology. Its M-PESA mobile banking started five years ago whereas it is a new innovation in the U.S.
Alexander Oswald, one of the leading designer-entrepreneurs explains why we should look to the Kenyans for mobile tech inspiration and as our model: