RippleNami is a B2B technology company working in developing nations to solve critical problems. To find out more about their unique platform we shared a fascinating tell all with Jaye Connolly-LaBelle, Chairman and CEO of RippleNami, Inc.
Q: Will you provide our readers with a brief introduction to RippleNami?
A: Imagine a world where you have all of the data that is important to you at your fingertips… a world where vast amounts of data can be visualized so it is easily understandable and actionable… and a world where everyone who has a phone will have equal access to the benefits that this technology will bring. RippleNami’s imagination ran wild with the mission to connect 5 billion unconnected people and execute on their global vision of inclusion.
RippleNami recognizes that people empowered with real-time and easily accessible information around the world can connect and foster unimaginable change. RippleNami is redefining blockchain and mapping with the first visualization platform that consolidates big data while providing information that matters most to users. It’s cost-effective, device agnostic cloud-based platform delivers millions of real-time actionable data points on an intuitive map to customers across enterprises, nonprofits and governmental agencies. By enabling critical decision making and enhanced collaboration, this seamless integration and unlimited customization and scalable architecture, allows RippleNami clients to chart their own world, streamline communication and improve operational effectiveness.
Q: You’ve recently announced a contract with Sierra Leone to launch this nation as Africa’s first Smart Country; won’t you tell us more?
A: In September, at the United Nations General Assembly, President Bai Koroma’s delegation made an announcement to partner with RippleNami to transform Sierra Leone into Africa’s first “Smart Country.” The program accelerates progress toward achieving President Koroma’s vision for Sierra Leone to become a green, inclusive, middle-income country. What’s at stake is empowering Sierra Leone to obtain economic independence and aggressively compete in global markets while elevating the prosperity of its people.
For the first time in this nation’s proud history, Sierra Leone, in partnership with RippleNami, will deploy the blockchain-data visualization system solution that enables Sierra Leone to generate, own, collect, analyze and transact data on a nationwide scale – making Sierra Leone Africa’s first “Smart Country. You can only imagine the excitement around leading this bold vision and we stand ready to replicate this success story for those countries eager to also thrive within these new possibilities.
Q: What would you say is the biggest challenge in your job?
A: Our biggest challenge is our biggest opportunity and Ripplenami was born purely out of frustration by how each year BILLIONS of humanitarian aid in developing nations NEVER reached those in need.
As your readers know better than most, for every problem there exists an opportunity. Today, 3 billion of our global citizens don’t have any documents to verify their identity. Lack of identification prohibits people’s ability to use banks and inhibits access to basic rights like employment, education, healthcare, voting and travel. Without a reliable data infrastructure, these people are unable to capture the meaningful events in their lives: property ownership, health records, education certificates, and business licenses. The biggest challenge is the race against the clock to proliferate this technology to those in dire need of connectivity.
Q: Who are the primary clients of RippleNami?
A: The beneficiaries and users of our proprietary technology platform are as wide and diverse as the applications we offer to our end users. In Africa millions of people live in extreme poverty and don’t have a digital identity. Most of these people are denied from basic opportunities that are common in the West such as a bank account, the ability to sell their products to broader markets or being able to buy items that are vital for their small businesses. Still, millions of transactions take place in the streets and villages between small businesses and individuals, but only a very small fraction is visible to the governments. At the same time, most people own smart phones with all the capabilities and access functions found in the phones that operate in the West.
Our client profile includes developing countries, corporations with a global footprint and non-governmental organizations which provide the benefits listed below:
• Government agencies seeking information needed to efficiently allocate resources and deliver critical services.
• Livestock owners seeking digital economic identities to quantify their property and access real time information about the market value, making it easier and less costly to secure a loan.
• Farmers seeking instant access to real-time information about which markets will deliver the best price for their crops. They will access visibility with other farmers in the geographic region to consider forming co-ops to share resources and reduce costs.
• Small businesses seeking access to new markets, more efficiently manage supply chains, and utilize smart contracts for secure transactions.
• The technology can also improve humanitarian assistance by eliminating the fraud and mismanagement that sometimes prevents a significant amount of money and goods from getting to those most in need.
Q: What are your plans for the next 4-6 months?
A: In today’s world, when it is it often hard to trust each other, the RippleNami solution becomes a trusted platform on which to collaborate, access economic opportunities, deliver services and conduct business. Our laser focus is to continue to rapidly deploy the technology throughout the African continent one country at a time and lifting an entire population to levels unseen in modern history.