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The internet's next billion users

The internet's next billion users Google has a team called Next Billion Users who travel the world to hear about people’s Internet pain points and think up new solutions. (Shutterstock/Chonlachai)
Sundar Pichai
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Mountain View, California   ●   Mon, July 31, 2017

For many years Nigerian writer and entrepreneur Okechukwu Ofili was frustrated with the time it took the traditional publishing industry to put out books from local authors.

It created a kind of traffic jam for writers. So Ofili took inspiration from Nigeria’s okada motorcycle taxis — which can cut through Lagos’s traffic whenever it’s slow — to design Okadabooks, a nimble mobile app that lets Africans quickly and easily publish smartphone books. Today, Nigerians can get 10,000 titles on the app, many of them cheaper than an actual okada ride.

Like many company founders, Ofili found a new solution to an old problem by tapping into the smartphone revolution that is transforming the world.

But he also represents something new —...

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