Symbiotic Team - smart people, smart stuff

The journey

In a continent recently coming to terms with concepts such as venture capital  funding and angel investors, with banks linking asset finance to tractors and not servers, a mix of well thought out services and partnerships have seen Symbiotic grow organically from a one-man consultancy business in 2004, to a  limited liability company realized in early 2008 –  a web and mobile platforms provider of repute, with well performing in-house services and a healthy services portfolio.

Mbugua Njihia, our founder and current CEO,  had the opportunity to present Symbiotic for the first time in public in May 2005, at a business plan competition run by The Students In Free Enterprise Club at the United States International University – Kenya where he was due to start his undergraduate degree studies in International Business Administration.

In an interesting mix of circumstances, he was two weeks late in reporting to university, having resigned not too long ago from his position as Head of User Experience and Portal Development at a then emerging mobile technology company, juggling contract work and moving house. The business plan competition had been running for two semesters and was only open to 3rd and 4th year students taking business.

Persistence

A rabid insistence on his part to hitherto dismissive organizers landed him a last minute slot to present. The outcome was validation enough, as he won the business plan competition.
This created buzz within university circles leading to the award  – beyond that of the prize money  – of a contract to do creative and web work for a conference to be headlined by Thomas Friedman of “The world is flat ” fame.

The Journey

There began the journey to what is seen today, with the trials, tribulations and eventual success that is part and parcel of every entrepreneurial journey.To grow both capacity and business, attracting good talent and solid partnerships has been a strategy that has paid off well for us with a best of breed team drawn from diverse but complementing backgrounds, all of whom share in Symbiotic’s vision of making technology matter by building meaningful services.

The Perpetual need

Organizations the world over, are looking for web and mobile platforms to increase sales, reduce costs, streamline communications and create competitive advantage. With the relentless advancement of web and mobile technology the market is poised for growth like never before!

Where we come in

There remains a lack of expertise in what works, what doesn’t and how to apply these advances to achieve business value. We fill this void by sharing knowledge and providing relevant platforms for engagement to companies, governments, non-governmental organizations, SME’s and individuals looking to realize the full benefit of mobile and web technology.

Building on broad industry knowledge and many years of experience designing and implementing “mission-critical” mobile and web solutions, we leverage our technology knowledge to deliver measurable business results, reduce implementation risk and achieve project success.

Our name is synonymous with the nature of all our business relationships.

sym·bi·o·sis | ˌsimbēˈōsis,-bī-/
1. interaction between two different organisms living in close physical association, typically to the advantage of both. A mutually beneficial relationship between different people or groups.

Our Board of Advisors

Mr. Harry Hare

Mr. Harry Hare

Publishing and Technology
Mrs. Josephine Gordon

Mrs. Josephine Gordon

Technology and Law
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Banking and Financial Services
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Banking and Financial Services

Our Management Team

Mr. Mbugua Njihia

Mr. Mbugua Njihia

Chief Executive Officer
Mr. Chris Ochieng

Mr. Chris Ochieng

Chief Technology Officer
Mr. Jack Nyamwaya

Mr. Jack Nyamwaya

Chief Finance Officer
Ms. Zulekha Mwanzi

Ms. Zulekha Mwanzi

Business Development Director