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Jake Bright

Award winning author, Contributor at TechCrunch & Crunchbase, JRB Ventures LLC

Africa

Jake Bright is a writer, award winning author, and advisor on global business, politics, and tech. He’s a contributor at TechCrunch and Crunchbase. Bright worked with TechCrunch and Facebook to spearhead the first Startup Battlefield Africa. He has advised U.S. universities, media outlets, and Silicon Valley actors on Africa’s technology sector. His award winning book, The Next Africa: An Emerging Continent Becomes a Global Powerhouse, details the continent’s transformation story driven by business, investment, entrepreneurs, and IT.

Jake began his career in the U.S. Department of Commerce and on White House staff as a speechwriter and chief aide to senior international economic advisors. He then worked as a management associate and bank officer in international finance.

Bright earned his undergraduate degree from Michigan State University and graduate degree from Columbia University. He is active with several non-profit organizations and steering committees. Bright is an avid fan of music, motorcycles, and outdoor sports.

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