Jeremy Johnson is a social entrepreneur. He is the co-founder and CEO of Andela, a talent hiring company based in Africa.
Jeremy Johnson: Education
• 2003, Princeton University, Bachelor degree
Jeremy Johnson: Early days
Jeremy Johnson started his first company when he was 15 years old, with a system for buying and selling virtual currency and video games. He ensured that was a profitable business, even when his employees didn’t know how old he was. At 21, he dropped out of Princeton University to start his first education company.
Jeremy Johnson: Career
In 2008, Jeremy Johnson was recruited by the co-founder of The Princeton Review for founding the online education startup 2Tor, which after became 2U, a pioneer in administering and marketing for-credit undergrad and graduate-level coursework and degrees. In 2014, 2U went public.
After 2U went public, Jeremy Johnson founded Andela, which started for connecting top-tier companies with tech talent in Africa. In 2014, remote work was known in the engineering world but rarely practiced due to the perception that collaborative work requires being around people five days a week and the perils of hiring abroad.
In 2016, the project caught the attention of Mark Zuckerberg, who gave $24 million in funding from The Chan Zuckerberg Initiative.
Due to a global pandemic, Andela was able to grow faster to reshape how companies find and hire the world’s best technical talent. In 2021, the company received a $200 M investment in a Serie E Round led by Japanese conglomerate Softbank. The Andela network represents engineers from more than 80 countries and six continents.
Jeremy Johnson: Distinctions
• Forbes 30 Under 30 (2014)
• Forbes 30 Under 30 (2013)
Jeremy Johnson: Other facts
Jeremy Johnson is on the board of the Young Entrepreneur Council and the education non-profit PENCIL. In 2013 and 2014, he was listed as Forbes 30 Under 30.