South African Jesse Casanova making waves with next-generation social media app

South African Jesse Casanova making waves with next-generation social media app

“Move over Elon Musk”, this is the kind of phrase being used to describe potentially the next South African “tech billionaire”. While we all know the name Musk and Mark Shuttleworth, a couple of people are getting very excited about Jesse Casanova.

Firstly, yes, that is really his surname, and boy oh boy does it seem like this 25-year-old has a bright future on his hands.

Casanova is starting to make waves across the globe with the idea for his “next-generation social media app”. What makes things even more impressive, is the amount of buzz the project is receiving, despite being able to make all the details public.

“The idea came from observing people and how mobile technology has encouraged us to spend more time engaged in the virtual world,” explains Casanova. “What we’re working on uses the same technology to bring them back to brick and mortar stores to enjoy real-life experiences again.”

The app is described as more than a social platform, it’s also an opportunity for businesses to engage with the right audiences “in a way that has never been seen before”.

Casanova graduated with an IIE Bachelor of Arts degree in Creative Brand Communications from VEGA.

While the app is still in its early development phases, Casanova has already been invited to meet with high-level investors in China later this year. The meeting could potentially help him find safe passage into the Chinese market, a massive move for any developer.

“Securing my position in the Chinese market would almost be like accomplishing the impossible, especially considering that Facebook and the rest of my competitors are banned in China. China also has over 640 million smart phone users, a number that seems to epicly double the United States entire population.”

Recently, sixteen-year-old South African game developer, Brandon Kynoch, saw his app chosen as “app of the day” on the Google Play Store.

Torus was downloaded 100 000 times during its first 24 hours on the App Store. It has snagged the number one spot in Free Action Games‚ number two in Free Arcade Games and number five in All Free Games.

Credit:  Nic Andersen, THE SOUTH AFRICAN

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