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Interviews - December 26, 2021

Cordel Robbin-Coker: Building a Cutting Edge Mobile Gaming Company for Africa

In 2008, Robbin-Coker’s career launched with his role as an analyst for Financial Institutions Group at investment bank, Morgan Stanley.

Cordel Robbin-Coker was born in Sierra Leone, a country in West Africa. He moved to the United States at a very tender age and spent most of his life there. Robbin-Coker gained a bachelor degree in Arts and Political Science from the University of Standford. He was a bright student, receiving the Dean’s Award for Academic Excellence as well as the Morgan Stanley Richard B Fisher Scholarship.

His Career Path

in 2008, Robbin-Coker’s career launched with his role as an analyst for Financial Institutions Group at an investment bank, Morgan Stanley. He became an analyst at Natural Resources Group for the same company from 2010 to 2011. 

Robbin-Coker was a Board Member for the e-commerce giant, Amrod, from November 2016 to 2018 in Johannesburg, South Africa. He spearheaded Amrod’s digital transformation strategy as well as its expansion into high-growth markets in Kenya and Nigeria. 

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How Cordel Robbin-Coker Launched Africa’s leading gaming startup Carry1st

Robbin-Coker saw an opportunity in South Africa’s emerging mobile games industry and set out to create what would become a leading gaming platform in Africa. In 2018, Robbin-Coker and his co-founded  Lucy Hoffman and Tinotenda Mundangepfupfu, launched Carry1st, a mobile games publishing platform that enables global gaming studios to unlock the untapped opportunities in the African market.

The company started as a game studio, developing and launching its own mobile games. However, a projection of what it could be in the long run made the company switch plans.

Instead of building a game studio which was quite the trend at the time in Africa. Carry1st sought to become a regional publisher, thereby opening the continent to international studios. Also, the company helps local studios that find it difficult to create games with a global appeal by pairing them with strong operators.

Read the full profile on Cordel Robbin-Coker HERE.

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