Andy Volk

Hi, I'm Andy, and I like to build new things, change the world, and help others to do the same.

I moved a few years ago from San Francisco to Cape Town, South Africa, where I'm enjoying the challenges and rewards of living in a new country and region.

I'm currently the Regional Manager for Developer Relations in Sub-Saharan Africa at Google. (And of course, all opinions expressed on this site are mine.)

I also publish Africa Notes, a biweekly newsletter about startups, developers, networks, and the technology ecosystem in Sub-Saharan Africa. Email subscriptions via MailChimp are available for free.

If you'd like to learn more about what I've been up to lately, I encourage you to visit my Twitter feed.

I also spend some of my time advising startups and initiatives that I like, and I've I volunteered in the past as a mentor at 88mph, the African startup incubator.

I'm also the founder of Downtempo, which works with companies and organizations ranging from NASA to MTV, and serves as a launchpad to turn new ideas into web and mobile apps, including Is It Safe to Visit?NiceTips, and SquareIt.

I've worked at some great companies over the years building and inventing products, including MxitKongregateLOYAL3, Yahoo!, Scour, Live365, and the Human Interface Technology Lab. (And I once spent a year traveling around the world.)

I also like to write on occasion. I've written in the past for WIRED and Yahoo!, including articles on African solar powervideo codecs, Flash video, Media RSS, and video search.

My products have either directly or indirectly touched the lives of most people reading this content. Thanks for playing!

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