Monday, 28 May 2012
Chuks Onwuneme is the founder and CEO of Personify. Personify lets you quickly discover volunteer and social good opportunities happening around you, and real actions you can take to volunteer your time towards a greater good.
Chuks Onwuneme’s path is a long and inspiring one. At the age of 16, he walked the streets of Lagos, Nigeria to raise funds to study computer science, later earning an engineering scholarship to the University of Texas at Arlington. After graduate school, he landed a gig at Nokia in Dallas, working there for a number of years before the mobile phone giant decided to close down the R&D office.
At that juncture, Onwuneme was given a choice: Relocate to Nokia’s offices in Silicon Valley or Finland or take a buyout and leave the company.
He left, and hasn’t looked back since. Now, the 32-year-old has landed in Seattle — a city he came to love after multiple visits hanging with friends and members of the startup community– where he’s working at GameHouse and building Personify.
Driven by his humble beginnings in Nigeria, Onwuneme is attempting to create an easier way for people to give back to people in need in the communities in which they live.