Wiring Africa's New Frontiers

Ayisi Makatiani starts his day early, planning his next 14 hours as the sun rises outside his five-bedroom home in an upmarket suburb of Nairobi. In his plush, carpeted city office, the 34-year-old co-founder and ceo of Internet company Africa Online spends most of his time in meetings, answering e-mail from employees and colleagues around the world or talking on his mobile phone, pausing only occasionally to take in the stunning view of Nairobi 16 floors below. Like most cyber-ceos, Makatiani is in a constant hurry to stake out an ever-larger chunk of online turf, build his company's brand and make...

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