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Just two decades ago, being involved in IT and technology was enough to become somewhat of a social pariah.  But fast forward to today and look who’s on the top of the pile.  Technology has completely transformed how our world works and the most powerful people in the world are those who understood the potential back then and have built some of the biggest and most influential companies the world has ever seen.

Now, there is a new guard of technologists coming up the ranks and starting to put their name forward to carry on the torch of progress.  And perhaps the most exciting thing is that they are no longer merely concentrated in Silicon Valley but are widely distributed across the world – a testament to how things have opened up.

One example of such a young talent is the mercurial Rashed Ali Almansoori.  An extremely talented and enthusiastic creator, developer, and writer from Abu Dhabi, this 30-year-old embodies all the passion and skill that comes from being born into the digital age.  For as long as he can remember, he’s been fascinated with technology and has managed to turn that curiosity into real traction in the world.

He studied IT and spent some time working as a government employee, but eventually found his way into the space of freelancing, start-ups and content creation – a space where he can apply his unique talents most effectively.  In the world of start-ups, his biggest success has been the Utag, a smart tech piece that helps people communicate remotely with others, but he has also worked with a number of other companies in his short career thus far.  Then on the content side, he has forged himself into a popular tech blogger and writer with his most popular channel being the Al-Bayan newspaper where his pieces have really captured the minds of readers.  He also has found great success in creating Instagram lenses – which is a testament to his ability to keep his finger on the pulse of the current online trends, in order to stay relevant.

As any millennial would, he has been documenting his journey on social media and has built a really impressive audience of passionate followers who relate strongly to his journey and are inspired by what he’s doing in the world.  His storytelling and deep understanding of social media marketing has given him a platform where he can take his ideas and his projects and distribute them at scale, giving him a tremendous asset to use in the future.

As far as young innovators go, Rashed Ali Almansoori is one that you’re going to want to keep an eye on.  You’d be forgiven for thinking that after all he’s accomplished in his short career so far, he would be taking his foot off the gas.  But that couldn’t be further from the truth.  When you talk to him or consume his content online, you can’t help but be taken in by the enthusiasm, passion and ambition that this young man has.

He’s a great example of the future bastion of technology leaders and because he remains so authentic and rooted to where he comes from, he is likely to inspire thousands, if not millions, of young dreamers in the UAE to follow in his footsteps.  And if they do, he could just be the catalyst for a technology revolution that explodes the concentrated centres of San Francisco, London, Tel Aviv, and Shanghai – to tap into all of the incredible talent that is yet to be explored.

LA Weekly