Next Stop, Silicon Valley Africa

The article Next Stop, Silicon Valley Africa was published in the Summer Edition of the Big Data Quarterly.

There is an old saying in real estate, “Location, location, location.” This applies geographically and metaphorically.

Between China and the U.S. sits the continent of Africa. The location of “the continent,” coupled with a few other attributes of Africa, creates a confluence of conditions under which that somewhat-forgotten land has incalculable value. Sometime in the near-future, one of the great African cities will become the next sister city of Silicon Valley (

If you doubt the prediction, consider the Western perception of China just few decades ago. For the past decade, A.T. Kearney has issued the “Global Cities” report that tracks the performance and, to some extent, the relative importance, of the world’s most influential cities (

The most important aspect of a continuous study such as this one is not a particular snapshot of any datapoint but the delta.  Examine how various cities have risen on this list and notice the short time span. Then understand the second derivative of the growth curve. 

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