Please list your date of birth (YYYY/MM/DD)
Please tell us how leadership training would help you to make an even greater impact on the social innovation field.
Despite the lively entrepreneurial scene here in Nairobi, working days and nights on a startup can sometimes feel isolating. My team and I work closely with our users, and are constantly learning about issues in the region and beyond that we may be able to lend our expertise to, but I feel a gap when it comes to connections with the wider social innovation community.
Programs like the Emerging Innovators Bootcamp have a mission of bringing people like myself and my co-workers together to improve our strategies for tackling inherently related problems.
The lack of data to help us define the context within which we work (the very problem Echo aims to address), makes it all the more necessary to connect with others working in the same space. I look forward to the opportunity to participate in this program.
Please enclose a short personal biography.
I moved to Nairobi in March 2010 as a fellow with Kiva.org. I instantly saw the fast-growing technology space in Nairobi with excited entrepreneurs and technologists building solutions to real, highly-visible problems.
As a product designer and engineer with a strong desire to use my skills to build businesses and technologies with a positive, honest, and potentially impactful mission, I wanted to be part of it.
My bio follows.
Jeremy Gordon is a graduate of Stanford University with degrees in Mechanical Engineering and Political Science. Jeremy previously founded Echo Mobile, a cloud platform allowing organizations in Kenya to conduct SMS-based research with customers in rural areas, which has acquired key users such as UNICEF, d.light, the Kenyan Ministry of Education, and The Nature Conservancy, and transacted over 3 million SMS messages since launch. Jeremy is an experienced product designer and entrepreneur with a background in quantitative market research and statistical analysis.