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Venturing Into Web3: Taku’s Internship Experience at a Nigerian Startup

Meet Taku, a member of the Class of 2026, and this summer's part-time COO for a Web3 startup in Nigeria.

September 18, 2023

Can you describe the career opportunity are you pursuing this summer?

This summer, I am interning as a part-time Chief Operating Officer (COO) at a Web3 startup based in Nigeria. We are striving to expand our footprint in the GameFi industry, not only in Nigeria but also in other African countries like Kenya. My role involves hosting and facilitating events at universities, collaborating with the student community, other Web3 startups, and companies such as Ajinomoto and Pocari. My primary responsibility is promoting the company's public profile, which I do by delivering speeches at conferences and negotiating partnerships with other Web3 startups in Nigeria. This internship is a fantastic opportunity for me to delve into my interest in the Web3 industry and gain insights into how startups grow and organize themselves in Africa.


What led you to this opportunity? What help did you receive from your peers, alumni, or CTD in your journey to this position?

My journey to this opportunity was very much influenced by conversations with my peers at Minerva. Through these interactions, I was able to gain a deeper understanding of my passions and priorities in life. This self-awareness guided me when thinking about my summer internship: what did I want to gain from this first-year summer internship?


What skills have you acquired during your studies at Minerva that you believe made you stand out?

One of the most significant changes I have experienced at Minerva is an expansion of my openness toward new worlds, cultures, and people. Engaging in conversations with my peers from all around the world, both inside and outside the classroom, has helped me realize the joy and importance of exploring the unknown. This newfound mindset makes me stand out from others.


What advice would you give to peers or younger students regarding finding and leveraging professional opportunities in your industry?

My main advice would be, "just do it." You will not know your passion without trying it. Once you dive into an industry, you start to understand whether or not it resonates with you. Sometimes, it is essential to take action before overthinking and clouding your judgment.


If you were inspired by Taku's story and are seeking a college experience that will teach you valuable pragmatic skills that will effectively equip you for a successful career, start your Minerva application now.

Quick Facts

Name
Taku Kemuyama
Country
Japan
Class
2026
Major

Natural Sciences

Social Sciences

Cognitive Science and Economics & Political Science

Social Sciences & Business

Business & Computational Sciences

Business and Social Sciences

Social Sciences and Business

Computational Sciences & Social Sciences

Computer Science & Arts and Humanities

Business and Computational Sciences

Business and Social Sciences

Natural Sciences

Arts and Humanities

Business, Social Sciences

Business & Arts and Humanities

Computational Sciences

Natural Sciences, Computer Science

Computational Sciences

Arts & Humanities

Computational Sciences, Social Sciences

Computational Sciences

Computational Sciences

Natural Sciences, Social Sciences

Social Sciences, Natural Sciences

Data Science, Statistics

Computational Sciences

Business

Computational Sciences, Data Science

Social Sciences

Natural Sciences

Business, Natural Sciences

Business, Social Sciences

Computational Sciences

Arts & Humanities, Social Sciences

Social Sciences

Computational Sciences, Natural Sciences

Natural Sciences

Computational Sciences, Social Sciences

Business, Social Sciences

Computational Sciences

Natural Sciences, Social Sciences

Social Sciences

Arts & Humanities, Social Sciences

Arts & Humanities, Social Science

Social Sciences, Business

Arts & Humanities

Computational Sciences, Social Science

Natural Sciences, Computer Science

Computational Science, Statistic Natural Sciences

Business & Social Sciences

Computational Science, Social Sciences

Social Sciences and Business

Business

Arts and Humanities

Computational Sciences

Social Sciences

Social Sciences and Computational Sciences

Social Sciences & Computational Sciences

Social Sciences & Arts and Humanities

Computational Science

Minor

Computational Sciences

Computational Sciences

Computational Science & Business

Economics

Social Sciences

Concentration

Economics and Society

Cells and Organisms & Brain, Cognition, and Behavior

Applied Problem Solving & Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence

Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence & Cognition, Brain, and Behavior

Designing Societies & New Ventures

Strategic Finance & Data Science and Statistics

Brand Management and Designing Societies

Data Science & Economics

Machine Learning

Cells, Organisms, Data Science, Statistics

Arts & Literature and Historical Forces

Artificial Intelligence & Computer Science

Cells and Organisms, Mind and Emotion

Economics, Physics

Managing Operational Complexity and Strategic Finance

Global Development Studies and Brain, Cognition, and Behavior

Scalable Growth, Designing Societies

Business

Drug Discovery Research, Designing and Implementing Policies

Historical Forces, Cognition, Brain, and Behavior

Artificial Intelligence, Psychology

Designing Solutions, Data Science and Statistics

Data Science and Statistic, Theoretical Foundations of Natural Science

Strategic Finance, Politics, Government, and Society

Data Analysis, Cognition

Brand Management

Data Science and Statistics & Economics

Cognitive Science & Economics

Data Science and Statistics and Contemporary Knowledge Discovery

Internship
Higia Technologies
Project Development and Marketing Analyst Intern at VIVITA, a Mistletoe company
Business Development Intern, DoSomething.org
Business Analyst, Clean Energy Associates (CEA)

Conversation

Can you describe the career opportunity are you pursuing this summer?

This summer, I am interning as a part-time Chief Operating Officer (COO) at a Web3 startup based in Nigeria. We are striving to expand our footprint in the GameFi industry, not only in Nigeria but also in other African countries like Kenya. My role involves hosting and facilitating events at universities, collaborating with the student community, other Web3 startups, and companies such as Ajinomoto and Pocari. My primary responsibility is promoting the company's public profile, which I do by delivering speeches at conferences and negotiating partnerships with other Web3 startups in Nigeria. This internship is a fantastic opportunity for me to delve into my interest in the Web3 industry and gain insights into how startups grow and organize themselves in Africa.


What led you to this opportunity? What help did you receive from your peers, alumni, or CTD in your journey to this position?

My journey to this opportunity was very much influenced by conversations with my peers at Minerva. Through these interactions, I was able to gain a deeper understanding of my passions and priorities in life. This self-awareness guided me when thinking about my summer internship: what did I want to gain from this first-year summer internship?


What skills have you acquired during your studies at Minerva that you believe made you stand out?

One of the most significant changes I have experienced at Minerva is an expansion of my openness toward new worlds, cultures, and people. Engaging in conversations with my peers from all around the world, both inside and outside the classroom, has helped me realize the joy and importance of exploring the unknown. This newfound mindset makes me stand out from others.


What advice would you give to peers or younger students regarding finding and leveraging professional opportunities in your industry?

My main advice would be, "just do it." You will not know your passion without trying it. Once you dive into an industry, you start to understand whether or not it resonates with you. Sometimes, it is essential to take action before overthinking and clouding your judgment.


If you were inspired by Taku's story and are seeking a college experience that will teach you valuable pragmatic skills that will effectively equip you for a successful career, start your Minerva application now.