‘If you want to build a big company, solve big problems’

Dr. Dorcas Muthoni Ngatia

‘If you want to build a big company, solve big problems’ if you want to build a small company, solve small problems’

These are the sentiments by Dr. Dorcas Muthoni Ngatia a leading Kenyan techpreneur and Chief Executive Officer of Openworld Ltd, a specialist computer software company she created in Kenya when she was just 24 years old.

Her love for science and Mathematics secured her an admission at the University of Nairobi in 1998 and graduated with a Bachelor of Science Degree in 2002. She notes ‘’ If you want to be successful you have to concentrate on the subject areas that make you feel more comfortable and do not allow yourself to be disrupted. In technology the biggest responsibility is on the learner not the teacher’’. Dr. Dorcas also believes in the philosophy of giving clients something that is world-class, even if that technology solution is ahead of its time."

OPENWORLD has been involved in the delivery of some most widely used Web and cloud applications in Africa, such as ARIS, an African Union reporting application used by all 54 member states; the Performance Management System for the Government of Kenya, automating performance contracting in the public sector; and OpenBusiness, a revolutionary cloud-based small- and medium-size business management tool.

Muthoni is also the founder of the regional organization AfChix, a mentorship and capacity building initiative for women in computing across Africa

Through her work as an entrepreneur and computer scientist, Muthoni seeks to see technology positively transforming the lives of the African society, governments and enterprises

Dr. Dorcas’s advice to the young women; ‘’My advice to young women is that the future is going to be completely disrupted by technology and so you must learn to love technology  beyond the socials; being able to use it to help you prosper in your career’’

In 2012 Dr. Dorcas was inducted by the Internet Society into the Internet Hall of Fame.  This is a recognition program and virtual museum that celebrates the living history of the Internet and the individuals whose extraordinary contributions have made the Internet, its worldwide availability and use, and its transformative nature possible.