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The internet has fueled a borderless society and this is evident in the startup world where it's becoming increasingly common to build remote teams that are connected through technology across various geographies and time zones. Among the startups in NYC's burgeoning tech landscape, there is fierce competition to attract technical talent as the demand for talent is outpacing the supply not only in the startup world but also in the greater economy. Christina Sass, the cofounder and President of Andela, has a sustainable solution.
Andela identifies and develops Africa's most talented software developers and pairs them with fast-growing companies that are looking to augment their existing teams. "Brilliance is evenly distributed but opportunity is not," said Sass. Leveraging her background building education and employment programs in China, Gaza and the West Bank, and in her home state of Georgia, Andela produces world-class engineering talent through its programs in Lagos, Nairobi, Kampala, and Kigali. And makes the world a bit more connected through opportunity. A key focus for Sass has been to spearhead efforts to promote diversity within the pipeline and she has led female-only recruitment cycles and boot camps as well as launched the "She Loves Code" mentorship program in the African communities where Andela operates.
A graduate of the University of Georgia, Sass has held roles at the YMCA and in international organizations focused on education. After completing her Masters at Tufts in International Law and Diplomacy, she joined the Clinton Global Initiative.
Under Sass's leadership, Andela has now raised a total of $181M in funding and is backed by notable investors that include Al Gore's Generation Investment Management, the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative, GV, Salesforce Ventures, and Spark Capital.