Hi everyone - I'm excited to share The Flint - a magazine for people building businesses and projects in Africa, who want simple answers about how technology can help them meet their goals.
Why this? Why now?
I used to be the General Manager of the MEST Incubator in Accra, and while I love tech startups, some of the best convos I've had in the last few months have been with normal people, running normal, "traditional" businesses, who want to understand how to make technology work for them. Unfortunately, much of the writing about technology in Africa is either extremely technical, or geared primarily towards tech startups.
The Flint is for you if you find yourself building something in Africa — a business, a side hustle, a personal project — and are interested in learning simple insights collectively from our community.
What can you expect from The Flint?
The Flint provides simple, clear insights about technology in Africa, through things like:
- Deep dive interviews with actual operators who know what they’re talking about
- Public notebooks about important technology-related patterns to be aware of in various industries in Africa
The two launch articles exemplify this:
A deep dive into how a popular Accra restaurant uses WhatsApp to keep their 6,000 best customers coming back: How this Accra Restaurant Uses WhatsApp Marketing to Keep 6,000 Customers Coming Back
If you work in media, this public notebook might interest you - a curation of some of the most interesting things happening in African digital media: Public Notebook: Digital Media in Africa
Not a startup
I'm quick to add that The Flint is not a new startup - this is a passion project that I hope will be useful to people.
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Write for The Flint
I'm keen to have people far and wide share their insights! If you're interested in writing for The Flint, kindly shoot me a message at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Full launch announcement
Introducing The Flint: https://medium.com/the-flint/introducing-the-flint-19c54766b2fa#.7j2nwt1ia
Happy to answer any questions about The Flint, take requests for stories, and anything else.