It is providentially poetic that Huston was born the same year that the world wide web was invented: 1989. His parents—Tom and Hellen Malande—were instrumental to his inquisitiveness, character, and pursuit of excellence. He and his brother Gaitano began experimenting with computers when Huston was 12.
When he sat his KCSE exams at Mang'u High, he ranked 24th overall nationwide. He applied to Harvard but got turned down, after which he stumbled upon web app programming and taught himself to code during his gap year. This became his entry into the professional world via Skyline Design, established in 2008.
He then got admitted to the Electrical & Electronic Engineering degree programme at The University of Nairobi but almost dropped out as a sophomore; not only did he strongly feel that the computing future of Africa was in software rather than hardware, but also—pragmatically speaking—he and his team of “Martians” were already engaging clients in the calibre of Nation Media Group.
His parents advised him to switch to Computer Science, for which he graduated in 2015. That same year, he was named an Airtel Future Shaper, and Skyline Design was awarded by the iHub for being amongst the top 100 companies to have shaped the Kenyan tech landscape. In June 2018, he got listed as one of the Top 30 Under 30 African techpreneurs by Forbes Africa. He is also excited to be collaborating with UNICEF as a Youth Advocate, inspiring and creating opportunities for the next generation of young entrepreneurs and mothers.