Jordan Kunzika is an Angolan-American who turned down job offers from 2 of the world’s most respected tech companies- Microsoft and Google.
Already the tech-inventor has done internships with both Microsoft and Intel.
The senior at Dartmouth College ditched the offers to co-found an online dating site that will particularly serve blacks in America as well as in the diaspora.
“I was honored to get full-time offers from Microsoft and Google before even turning 21, but I knew that I could serve a higher calling to represent a paradigm shift in what a tech entrepreneur could look like.”
This will not be the first time a talented African is turning down a job offer from Microsoft. Last year Chris Kwekowe did same in order to kick off his Slatecube Company.
Together with his friends, Brian Gerrard and Justin Gerrard, the Google Generation Scholar created a new app called Bae, an acronym for – Before Anyone Else.
Jordan Kunzika met Justin and Brian in his junior year.They pitched the idea to him and the project took off from there.
In 2015, the 3 friends embarked on a nationwide campaign for their Bae app.
The trio hosted a Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCU) tour which served as a platform where all the people they had matched on their app met in person.
However the subscribers who were attending had to download the app as a pre-requisite. By the end of the tour they had gotten about 17, 000 downloads. In time it grew up to 200, 000 downloads.
Jordan Kunzika says the Bae app has a proprietary algorithm which singles it out from other dating sites.
“What users like the most about Bae is the quality of the matches and that it helps you find those you’re most interested in.”
While more than 30 million Americans patronize online dating services, black people somehow get alienated from the experience.
This was what inspired the vision of setting up a dating site and app that will give blacks in America and beyond an ultimate online dating experience.
“There was no place for Black men and women to easily find fulfilling relationships online, so we decided to change that. Bae would allow me to disrupt tech because we are an all-Black team and are solving a big problem that affects Black people across the world.”
They directed their focus on communities they believe needed the app; one of which includes their own resident community.
“I quickly realized that it was up to me to either let this negatively affect me, or let it motivate me to be successful, so that people who come after me will have role models who look like them.”
So far Bae has been trending and gaining international attention. The online dating app has been listed as a Top 50 Lifestyle app in twenty different African and Caribbean countries.
The app was also recently accepted into Facebook’s FbStart Accelerate program. Jordan Kunzika and his team will be part of the companies to present at Facebook’s upcoming Developer conference.