Chris Kwekowe Turned Down Microsoft To Start His Own Company


Chris Kwekowe rejects offer from Bill Gatesch

In what many have described as a surprising move, Chris Kwekowe who is an entrepreneur has rejected a job offer from Bill Gates

According to Newsweek.europe, the 23-year-old computer science graduate of the Lagos State University rejected an offer from the richest man on earth shortly after winning the 2015 Anzisha Prize which came with a $25,000 cheque.

Kwekowe said he was offered the position at software engineer at Microsoft but declined it in order to build his own start-up, Slatecube, a website aimed at helping other young Nigerians find jobs.

“When I told him, Gates was intrigued and he smiled. After the programme, all the directors were like, ‘Dude, you mean you actually turned down a job at Microsoft and had the guts to tell Bill Gates?’

Chris Kwekowe rejects offer from Bill Gates

Kwekowe and his brother, Emerald founded their start-up in October 2014 and funded it though by freelancing as web designers and running a software solutions firm.

In a Facebook post, he wrote: “Oh yeah, I did meet with Bill Gates in Durban, South Africa where we had some candid discussion about everything – from his involvement with charitable causes in the continent, to how he makes time to be a great father for his kids. My favourite moments were watching his reaction after I told him I turned down job offers from Microsoft and the likes to pursue something more defining for me, and how Africa’s development depends more on sustainable investments in innovative social startups like Slatecube that solve some of the continent’s biggest problems, rather than donating entirely to charity organisations who end up requiring more financial injection to deal with the minutest of issues.

“Anyways, we’d be working with the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation to make our value proposition at Slatecube a pan-African privilege. Soon, you’d rather be in demand across the globe, and engage in companies and projects that make you better, and suits your career goals. Nothing can really be better”

Chris Kwekowe rejects offer from Bill Gates