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MEET THE BRAINS BEHIND SHERIASOFT As Kenya embraces the dawn of the digital age, young entrepreneurial IT experts are dedicating countless hours and vast resources to take advantage of this groundbreaking opportunity before it gains root. One of them is a 21 year old student pursuing Geospatial engineering at the University of Nairobi. Unlike his colleagues who spend their leisure time in extra-curricular activities, Denis Gachoki dedicates every ounce of his leisure time to experiment on new web development projects at his company which he founded right after completing high school 3yrs ago. “When I started Focweb Technologies, I was a bit skeptical at first because all I had was a beat up PC which had a poor RAM and processor,” says Mr. Gachoki. “But with time I began designing websites for clients and coming up with software projects that would help in curbing youth unemployment in Kenya. One of them being the Youth Power Foundation and the web content development site www.focuspointwriters.com” According to Mr. Gachoki, the company’s clientele grew exponentially once he started pursuing his degree. “I now had to strike a balance between my work and my studies. Moving to the Nairobi CBD doubled my clientele. So I needed a partner. Someone with exceptional IT skills that would run the company in my absence once in a while.” It wasn’t long before Mr. Gachoki met Mr. Kihato Mwangi at a recent ihub workshop in the Nairobi University campus grounds. They discussed and shared ideas which had a striking similarity. “At that moment, I knew that I had found the right partner. If we both worked together, we would propel Focweb Technologies to greater heights,” reiterates Mr. Gachoki. With the aid of Mr. Kihato, Focweb Technologies has been working on numerous software development projects. “Yes indeed, we have so many software development projects we are working on right now but most of them are yet to be named. However we have two key softwares that we are focusing on right now, that’s Bungesoft and Sheriasoft.”


According to Mr. Kihato, the associate IT expert,Bungesoft is already up and running and is being used in several constituencies in Kenya. The software allows members of parliament to share and compare notes and briefs while at the same time manage constituency projects and follow up on the disbursement of the Constituency Development Funds. “But that’s not all,” continues Mr. Kihato, “we recently came up with a software geared to make work easier for lawyers and lawfirms alike. We decided to name it Sheriasoft since we want to target not just Kenya, but also the Swahili-speaking East African market at large.” He goes on to add that Sheriasoft handles basic tasks pertaining to law firms such as case handling and documentation, client billing, appointment scheduling, attorney communication and so forth. In regards to the guiding light that has kept Focweb Technologies on the right track, Mr. Gachoki was quick to mention his dad. “Indeed, my dad has been a strong foundation when it comes to influencing my projects. He has never belittled my ideas. He has always mentored me whenever I brought up a project to him. He has in fact been my major sponsor in these two latest projects that we are working on.” When asked about the vision of Focweb Technologies, Mr. Gachoki was quick to emphasize on the need to strike a balance between ambition and reality. “It’s so obvious that many companies today want to impact the world and that’s good. But we don’t want to be carried away by ambition that we forget to offer quality products and services. I want customers of Focweb technologies to be the promoters of this company through the testimony of what we have to offer.” Reiterates Mr. Gachoki. “Otherwise it would be pointless to create so much hype about our company only for our customers to be disappointed. That’s why we are at the testing phase of Bungesoft and Sheriasoft to ensure that once it hits the market, there won’t be any cause for alarm. And that’s what Focweb is all about. Quality products and excellent customer service that suits your needs.” Concludes Mr. Gachoki

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