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Pieter Nel


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Pieter Nel is the CTO at fintech infrastructure company Ocrolus based in New York City. As an executive, entrepreneur and digital strategist with leadership experience in both Fortune 500 and startup companies, he is an expert on artificial intelligence, mobile platforms and global Internet market dynamics.

In the past Pieter was a consultant at McKinsey & Co where he focused on AI strategy for the Firm’s global clients. In his personal capacity he has advised Tencent’s International Business Group on the launch and growth of its mobile products in markets outside of China. He has extensive mobile startup experience having scaled mobile livestreaming company YouNow from a purely US domestic focus to a global player with 100m monthly user sessions across four continents. He was the Co-Founder and CEO of Kuza Mobile which won multiple awards and was funded by premier Boston seed fund Founder Collective. He was CTO at Mxit, the first mobile instant messaging company in the world, where he oversaw a team that grew the company to 40 million users in Africa and South East Asia. He has raised over $20m of venture capital investment across multiple rounds from top funds including Founder Collective, Union Square Ventures and Venrock.

Pieter is a graduate of the MIT Sloan Fellows executive MBA program where he focused on emerging markets and digital strategy. He holds a M.Sc.Eng and B.Eng. both in Electrical and Electronics Engineering from the University of Stellenbosch, South Africa where his research was on machine learning and artificial intelligence as applied to speech recognition. Pieter is a Senior Member of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers. He is fluent in Afrikaans and speaks basic French and Mandarin.

He draws leadership inspiration from his time as a technical mountain rescue volunteer, yacht skipper and pilot.


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