Profile: Budding techprenuer with an eye for the next level
16 July 2015, 09:58
Nairobi - David Mwamburi is not your ordinary 30 year old. Far from. He is the driving force behind one of the biggest online tech business in Kenya. He is a Project manager at Ringier Kenya, owners of Rupu and Pigiame and has been at the helm of PigaMe operations for the last 3 years.
David grew up in a middle class family and is the last born of 4 kids. He grew up in Tudor, Mombasa, went to St. Augustine's Preparatory School and then Aga Khan High School where he played rugby and was an active member of the music and drama club. After successfully passing his form four examinations, he was called to do Computer Science at Egerton University Njoro in 2005 and graduated with the same degree in 2009.
He attributes his current success and status to his parents. His father, a professional accountant by profession was very keen on providing him with a solid education, having himself been a lecturer at Maseno University in the 70's. He passed away in 2012. His mother was and still is an astute businesswoman dabbling in fashion and the transport business. From there, he learnt what he describes as his two biggest motivators. Guile and graft.
" My interest in IT started when I was a teenager playing video games and developed a nagging curiosity about how they work. When I eventually took it up in campus, I had ambitions of one day becoming a programmer. Unfortunately this could not be followed through because I eventually landed my first job at Zuku where the JD was extensively networking oriented," he describes his starting point in the IT world.
" While at Zuku, I worked on a CRM project for the sales and customer service departments as the project lead which exposed me to the world of project management," he adds.
Afterwards, David got the opportunity to work on a networking project in the United Nations UN under an Israeli contractor, where he says he gained invaluable experience.
" The experience gained there was massive and has moulded me into the present day David," he states.
At Pigiame, David is responsible for the monitoring of productivity in revenue, assisting in development and implementation of ad strategy and provide timely, high quality responses to RFPs.
" I also work to create customized ad products in response to advertiser demand, attend regular meetings with agencies and marketers to provide expert knowledge of our print and online. product offerings and deliver innovative solutions. Also, I work to improve operations by conducting systems and workflow analysis; recommending and implementing changes in policies and procedures. Manage staff, preparing work schedules and assigning specific duties. Overseeing and monitoring the running of all projects within PigiaMe.
As any successful individual would say, there is no professional fulfilment unless a personal project is achieved and that is the same for David, who has also ventured into his own private business.
" After successful completion of the UN project, I joined forces with a family friend Dr. Samier Muravvej and formed a company called NeoTech to begin working on local revolutionary applications and software solutions to solve local problems. I later took up a full time job with the international conglomerate Ringier Kenya as a project manager to set up, grow and commercialize their classifieds line of products which I have done successfully for 3 years," he states.
As for his plans in future, it is simple.
" The plan for the future is continue building my company and create revolutionary and impactful IT products unique to the local demographic in all of Africa ".
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