Mark G Davies

Innovation & Impact

A serial entrepreneur, Mark has lived on four continents and built five successful companies – from the very first dotcoms in New York City to investment matchmaking in London, and then to business incubation & agricultural services in Ghana. Heavily influenced by his anthropology degree, he’s sought out frontier markets in tech, innovating early and helping shape the path for others. Mark lives between Lisbon and Salvador.

MEDIA

Mark Davies: Adventures in technology

He rented a former bottling factory, and converted it into Sub-Saharan Africa’s largest private technology centre; BusyInternet. It set out to be an incubator, promoting the use of ICT among small and medium-sized companies. [GRAPHIC]

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Esoko

Buy, cell, hold

TradeNet will unveil a simple sort of eBay for agricultural products across a dozen countries in west Africa. It lets buyers and sellers indicate what they are after and their contact information… [CNN]

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BusyInternet

Dot.com tycoon turns to Africa

An old gas-bottling plant in Ghana’s capital city of Accra became the incubating laboratory for a selection of dot.com start-ups and one of the continent’s flashest cyber cafes. [BBC]

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BusyInternet

Taking the Net Where the Phone Is a Luxury

Our philosophy is to say nobody really knows what’s right for Ghana… the best thing you can do is create these little incubators where you’re bringing people together and coming up with solutions on their own [NYTIMES]

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Firsttuesday

London: the ‘wired’City of Europe

First tuesday can be credited with unleashing a level of entrepreneurship not seen in London since the City’s shipping days, as it brought ideas, people and money together in holy alliance [EVENING STANDARD]

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Firsttuesday

Is it last Tuesday for the dot.com dream-makers?

The dot.com that made dot.com dreams come true is on the verge of collapse. First Tuesday, the networking concept that started as a get-together of would-be internet entrepreneurs in a Soho bar… [THE INDEPENDENT]

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Firsttuesday

Accidental millionaires sell First Tuesday

First Tuesday has become a community and a popular movement… It is not about fashionable twenty-somethings meeting at cocktail parties, rather it is a mechanism for helping entrepreneurs, financial backers and service providers to meet and do business. [GUARDIAN]

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Metrobeat

Doing the local motion

when the Cambridge University graduate discovered the Internet last year, he got to work. Cadging money from his friends and stretching his credit cards to the max, Davies began building Metrobeat… [LATIMES]

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