Iddris Sandu: This Ghanaian Tech Genius Is Making Global Impact



Iddris Sandu, a 25-year-old entrepreneur, is the first black creator under 30 to raise a seed round in the double digit million-dollar range for a company with a total capital of more than $14 million. When he was three years old, the Ghanaian-born digital architect moved to Harbor City in Los Angeles, California. Together with Nipsey Hussle, they created “The Marathon Store,” the world’s first smart retail store experience.

Iddris Sandu began learning and practicing computer programming at the age of eight, using a public library. At the age of 13, he was already an intern who worked on Google projects such as Google Plus. At the age of 15, Iddris created a smartphone app that helped students find their schools.

He decided not to apply to college or university after graduating from high school. He chose to pursue internships and consulting with companies such as Uber, Snapchat, Instagram, Lockheed Martin, and Twitter. Sandu began developing his own apps and other software applications when he was 19 years old.

LNQ Generation is a microprocessing software tool developed by Iddris Sandu. One chip that clarifies whether one is purchasing an original piece of clothing or a cheap replica. The microprocessor can be integrated into real-world items such as clothing.

It works by simply scanning the item with your phone to ensure the outfit’s authenticity. It will also display additional product sizes and color options. When you purchase an item, it is saved to the blockchain in the same way that a non-fungible token (NFT) is, making it a digital asset as well.


Spatial Labs, his Web3 infrastructure company, announced a $10 million seed funding round led by venture capital firm Blockchain Capital. Additional funding for the round was provided by Jay-Macy Z’s Venture Partners, among others.

Iddris has advised and supported companies such as Twitter and Snapchat on technical design and engineering. He created the “Autonomous Collision Detection Interface,” which tracks a driver’s hand movements and position for Uber. On other projects, the young techie has worked with celebrities such as Jaden Smith, Jay Z, Rihanna, and Kanye West.


Kanye West was introduced to quantum computing, spatial mapping, and how these technologies might influence his art by Iddris. He also worked on a top-secret project called Yeezy Sense. The young guru joined Adidas’ #EndPlasticWaste initiative and also works as a design and technology consultant for Kanye West’s company.

To top it all off, Barack Obama bestowed the honorary Presidential Scholars Award on Sandu in recognition of the mobile app he created.


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