Syed Karim is the founder and CEO of Outernet. He oversees all operations, directs the activities of the team, and leads the development of Outernet’s physical and digital products. Prior to Outernet, he spent three years managing the investment process for news and information startups in emerging and frontier markets. Before Digital News Ventures, Syed lead product development at one the country’s largest public broadcasters, Chicago Public Media. His interest in the economic and social impact of universal information access began in graduate school at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. After having lived in four countries, done business in twelve, and visited enough corners of the world to fill two passports, he is convinced that the only thing that separates one human from the next is the degree and quality of information access.
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