Bo Simango

“The most interesting things happen at the intersection of things,” words from a mentor encouraging me to continue to explore and avoid the tyranny of comfort. I’ve treated my career and life as an odyssey with curiosity as my guide.

 

I’ve ventured from working on industrial sites in harsh, subarctic conditions to surgery rooms & downtown offices, gaining exposure to industries spanning from oil & gas, mining, and healthcare to Arctic vessel R&D and telecommunications. All the while, learning more about value creation, engineering management and an ongoing understanding of machine learning & cognitive computing/analytics.

 

At this juncture, I am expanding my opportunity set by learning more about startups: problem-solution fit, product development and customer service & satisfaction through the guiding influence of mentors, and various startup communities. Despite the magnetic pull, it is equally meritorious and grueling.

 

But when you get right down to it, I’m much more – I’m an immigrant passionate about charitable causes, ESG work, & a fitness fanatic. In time and space, you will find me asking questions, challenging my assumptions and learning more about how to tackle everyday problems. 

Adetayo Bamiduro

Adetayo Bamiduro is the Cofounder and CEO of Metro Africa Xpress (MAX) – a last-mile delivery platform that uses proprietary apps, maps and motorcycles to provide express delivery to retailers in Africa.

 

Adetayo graduated top 2% in his Computer Science Class at the University of Ibadan and earned his MBA from 2 of the world’s most prestigious institutions – MIT in the USA and London Business School in the UK. Before founding MAX, Adetayo worked as a Developer, Product Manager and Management Consultant across 4 continents for global companies such as PwC, Shell and Dalberg.

 

During his MBA program, Adetayo was awarded the MIT Legatum and MasterCard Fellowships to develop MAX. After graduating in summer 2015, Adetayo launched MAX and immediately led his team to remarkable success. Within 3 months, MAX grew 1500% and signed up over 100 retailers including Jumia.com.

 

In September 2015, MAX became the first startup from Africa to join the exclusive Techstars New York Startup Accelerator Program. By December 2015, MAX had set another record as the 1st technology startup from Africa to win 1st runner-up at Techcrunch Disrupt Startup Battlefield in London.

 

MAX is on a mission to fix Africa’s broken urban delivery and transport system using proprietary apps that connect independent drivers to businesses and consumers in real-time. MAX clocked 20,000 deliveries in July 2016 and is on its way to becoming Africa’s No 1 Urban Transport Network.