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John Karanja

John Karanja

Founder and Advisory Lead BitHub Africa

About

John Wainaina Karanja is the Founder of BitHub.Africa, an Incubator based in Nairobi, Kenya that is driving the adoption of Blockchain technology across the African continent. John is also a director at Space Kenya Networks Limited which was a winner at the Pivot 25 Mobile technology competition in 2011. The Kenyan Government awarded the Vision2030 ICT Award in 2011 to Whive for Innovation in the youth and gender Sector. Today the team at BitHub.Africa with the help of others is implementing the Whive project as a Blockchain protocol that supports applications that solve key social challenges like Energy Access across Africa.

John has an MSc in Political Sociology from the University of Oxford, England (2010) and a Bachelor of Business and Information Technology from Strathmore University, Kenya (2006). Throughout his career, he has witnessed how African countries are leapfrogging legacy systems like banks and landline telephony through the adoption of mobile money platforms like M-Pesa and the Internet as well. John believes that Blockchain technology can provide much-needed solutions like cross border money transfer, micro-loans and crowdfunding.

John in recent articles has stated that Blockchain technology like Bitcoin is not a panacea to African problems but a technology that drives down costs with respect to the transfer of value across all our Borders. It is opt-in and as such allows for open and permissionless innovation. As smartphone technology becomes more affordable we should expect the opportunity for Bitcoin and Blockchain solutions to disrupt incumbents to grow across Africa.

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