Iddris Sandu, a 24-year-old Ghanaian software engineer and technology design architect, has partnered with Jay-Z’s investment firm Marcy Venture Partners (MVP) through his tech incubator, spatial LABS (sLABS).
With the partnership, MVP and sLABS will delve into the intersection of tech, culture, and humanity. Under spatial LABS, Sandu will first launch LNQ, a blockchain-enabled hardwire platform, which according to a press release, aims to make the metaverse more accessible and provide creators with decentralized tools to engage with their communities through LNQ’s proprietary, real-time processing stack.
“Iddris has a conscious world view and a youth-centric vision that is innovative and refreshing to witness. We share similar parallels in how we imagine impacting people in our lifetime. Partnering with him on this journey and others is very exciting,” Jay-Z said on the partnership.
Iddris Sandu also indicated that: “JAY-Z has always been at the forefront of cultural evolution and identifying the next leaders. Aligning with Marcy Venture Partners assists with our vision for elevating the youth as it relates to access and a means to true technological empowerment. The lasting impact of this relationship is not simply defined by the work we’re doing now, but by the immeasurable impact for generations of creators to come.”
Iddris Sandu was born in Accra, Ghana. His family moved to the United States when he was 3 years old, and was raised in Los Angeles, California.
He started learning and doing computer programming at the age of 10 using a public library. At the age of 13, Iddris was an intern and worked on several Google projects. One of the projects that he worked on was Google Plus. At the age of 15, he created a smartphone app that made it easier for his classmates to find their classrooms. Sandu also advocated for STEM in the high school curriculum, and received a commendation certificate from Barack Obama.
He chose to not seek higher education after high school. Mostly self-taught, Iddris decided to go into interning and consulting, working with such companies as Boeing, Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, Snapchat, Lockheed Martin, Raytheon, Uber, Adidas and Nike.
At the age of 19, Sandu was creating his own apps and other software.
He created the software for Uber called Autonomous Collision Detection Interface, a software program that detects a driver’s hand motion and position. He also created the world’s first smart retail store experience along with Nipsey Hussle, called “The Marathon Store”.
Iddris has also collaborated with Beyoncé’s Ivy Park, Rihanna’s Fenty line, and Kanye West’s Yeezy.
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