Plans For Google Kenya Kick Into High Gear

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Starbucks, McDonalds, and Google – I’m starting to think that, by 2040 or so, there will be at least one building per company on every square mile of this planet.  The latest bit of evidence supporting this theory is Google’s plan to expand into Kenya.

My surprise at this move shouldn’t be construed as an insult; it’s just that Kenya isn’t widely viewed as a technological hotspot.  In an article posted on allAfrica.com, Russell Southwood made a similar point, writing, “Google is moving outside of the continental comfort zones for most global investors, North and South Africa, and is opening its first operation in Sub-Saharan Africa.”

Then again, we have seen Google’s name associated with Kenya at least once before -the search engine giant came bearing Google Apps – so this shouldn’t come as a complete shock.  And we should remember that Google’s move to North Carolina raised some eyebrows, as well.

In any event, Southwood continues, “Kenya has been chosen as the base camp for what is likely to turn into a sub-regional business.”  He then notes that Joseph Mucheru has been chosen to head up the operation.

This detail could be treated as a story in its own right.  African Path celebrates Mucheru’s past accomplishments (he is “one of the true leaders in the ISP space”), and then reveals, “This is Google’s first sub-Saharan Africa employee, not counting a couple sales guys in SA.”  There’s even a picture of Joseph Mucheru sitting with Russell Southwood (I’m thinking that Southwood is the chap who looks like Colin Mochrie).

And if Kenya’s newly situated Mucheru has any questions, he can always call up his fellow Googlers in Egypt and Israel.  Together, those locations may put Google a few steps ahead of Starbucks and McDonalds in that part of the world.

Plans For Google Kenya Kick Into High Gear
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  • Guest

    You shouldn’t be surprised. Go to any top college in the US that offers full scholarships e.g MIT and find out what percentage of the  African student body is  made up of Kenyans. You will find out that Kenyans are highly valued in these colleges. We’re talking of citizens of African countries. Kenyan youngsters these days are highly competent, technically. Their only barrier is financial resources.

  • Lawrence Otieno Ologi

    I know that this is out of line but i happen to own an agency which specialises in marketing and merchandising and i would want to partner with you google kenya as they expand in kenya .

    my business name is called Hizi Dimensions and our area of speciality is to create more awareness about companies when they launch a new product

    My employess are very competent and very aggresive when it comes to selling and I am very sure they can bring very remarkable change and take your company to the highest level of productivity.So if you are looking for a company that can do marketing for you and serious merchandising then you can count on us.

    looking forward to hear from you soon

  • http://www.freetrafficportal.com Albert

    I am glad that Google is making an impact in Africa through Kenya. I think the reason the that they decides to base in Kenya is the imminent growth in the ICT infrastructure and the political stability as compared to other neighbouring countries not forgeting the literacy level as compared to the countries in the region

  • edward long

    These experiences Grants future generation the chance to understand their beginnings and share their hearts. Way to go KENYA

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