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Diasporia News of Tuesday, 9 July 2013


3 Ghanaians excel in Silicon Valley

The ingenuity of three young Ghanaians has seen them emerge as one of the promising software developers in the world.

The team’s production of world number one start-up application called Dropifi has earned them a deserving special mention at California’s technology capital, Silicon Valley.

Dropifi has won the accolade of being the first African company to join the Silicon Valley-based 500 start-up apps.

David Osei, Effah Mensah and Kamil Nabong founded the startup in November 2011 after joining the Meltwater Entrepreneurial School of Technology (Mest) programme in Accra, Ghana in August of the same year.

Speaking to the CNN recently, the team explained that Dropifi is a smart customer service widget that helps users better analyse, visualize and respond to incoming messages and also tells when sent emails are opened.

David Osei said the recognition of the team’s effort by industry watchers around the world is “a dream come true” adding that they will work hard to meet the expectation.

He said the widget has only three fields to be filled by the customer/potential customer, but is able to pull other details about persons from their social networks and other online sources, which is then forwarded to the company, so they have a better understanding and insight of who each individual is, to ensure a more effective response.

The co-founder member disclosed that currently they were focusing on the USA, UK and Canada markets. This, he believes, would enable them spread their wings and veer into other technological areas.

He divulged that currently, they have thousands of corporate clients who have signed up to the system, most of which are in the USA and in Europe; but there are few in Ghana such as Saya, Retail Tower and Claim Sync among others.

He believes that the numerous awards won by Dropifi since its inception is a result of its easiness, simplicity and affordability of the web tool.

The Meltwater Entrepreneurial School of Technology (MEST) is a two-year fully sponsored trainee program for young graduates with a focus on practical skills in software development and entrepreneurship. GhanaWeb is a media partner of the MEST.

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