Chris Pinkham has joined JUMO - an Afrikan FinTech company that uses behavioral data from mobile usage to create financial identities for SMME’s. Pinkham was previously the VP of Engineering at Twitter, a role which he left in February 2017.
Pinkham joins the JUMO board and will be working with the company's leadership team on technical and product strategy.
Chris Pinkham, Board member at JUMO.
Speaking to iAfrikan, Pinkham explained that he joined JUMO because he was impressed, among other reasons, with the progress JUMO has made.
"Andrew (Watkins-Ball, CEO and Founder of JUMO) and I have had several conversations over the past 18 months and I've been impressed with the team he's built and the progress JUMO have made towards building a global platform to bring financial services to underserved entrepreneurs and communities," elaborated Pinkham.
Pinkham is highly regarded in the technology industry as, among many of the roles he has served in, he was also at Amazon.com where he ran the global network and systems engineering as the VP of Engineering. He led the Amazon.com creation of EC2 – the popular elastic cloud computing service.
Pinkham, born in Singapore, graduated from South Africa's University of Cape Town.
"We see the potential to bring affordable financial services, in conjunction with our banking and other partners, to hundreds of millions of customers around the world," added Pinkham.
Among his notable accolades in the technology industry is that, in 2008, he co-founded Nimbula, a high-profile infrastructure software startup which was acquired by Oracle in 2013.
Although he didn't want to share much about JUMO's future plans for expansion, there is talk that the company could be expanding further in Asia in the coming months.
"It's tremendously exciting working with an amazing emerging markets company having such a positive impact on a global problem," concluded Pinkham.
It's exciting to see an Afrikan technology company get someone as sought after and experienced as Pinkham to join their board and help with technical and product strategy. This will likely see JUMO become a global player.