Parallels opens Johannesburg office, partners with African cloud service providers

Parallels, a privately-held company based in Renton, Wash., today announced an expansion into South Africa to help African service providers deliver applications and cloud services to small and medium enterprises. The company, founded in 1999 and employing more than 900 worldwide, will open an office in Johannesburg. Parallels has also partnered with African companies Business Connexion,… Read More


Into Africa: Microsoft touts new effort to deliver millions of Windows Phones to students, entrepreneurs

Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates has certainly spent lots of time finding ways to improve life in Africa, and now Microsoft is out to do the same with a new venture. The Redmond software giant debuted its new 4Afrika Initiative as part of an effort to improve Africa’s global competitiveness. One of the project’s first steps is a Huawei-made… Read More


Mobile tech, social good: How these computer scientists are making an impact

Our latest episode of the GeekWire Podcast featured former Geek of the Week Yaw Anokwa. He’s a graduate of the University of Washington computer science program, the co-founder of the software startup Nafundi, and one of the computer scientists behind the Open Data Kit project (ODK), which provides smart forms for collecting data on mobile devices in rural areas, developing countries and other places with… Read More

Femi Akinde, SlimTrader

Mobile commerce: Innovation in Africa, by way of Seattle

Femi Akinde, the CEO and founder of Seattle-based technology company SlimTrader, is one of the speakers Wednesday afternoon during a free forum at the University of Washington, organized by the African Network, about economic growth in Africa and the opportunities to do business on the continent. Akinde, a 38-year-old graduate of the University of Chicago… Read More