Need an online job management marketplace and a remote maternity care app for working mothers? Enter Eldoret startup PayBobby Solutions and its MamaSmart App.
Interview With PayBobby Solutions’ Founder and CEO David Givondo
At the outset of the TechCrunch Startup Battlefield Africa which took place at the Radisson Blu Hotel in Upper Hill, west of Nairobi, I caught up with one of Africa’s upshot startup owners, David Givondo whose guest tag reads his other name, David Sayia. The innovator draws me into a quiet corner where we discuss, among other things, his software and online service repertoire, before capping with a game-changer for working mothers on maternal care in Eldoret and beyond. I posed the following set of questions which found ready answers from this young innovator in Africa’s online business, gaming and social good categories.
What is PayBobby.com in brief and who are your main clients?
PayBobby.com is an online job management marketplace. We provide services for startups including media content, article writing, software development and gaming solutions, besides useful apps.
Our clients include students from the University of Eldoret and Moi University. We also represent Hashtag Magazine 254 for which we write articles, and since it is a youth magazine we cover events for it. Sometimes we do research for them and provide all software development needs for the institutions.
When did you start?
I started in January this year. That is after I got invited as an
innovator to the final pitch Africa Prize in Engineering. I began with a Ugandan friend who also majored in engineering.
What is in software development?
For software development we have a technical team. We do customizing of websites to suit T/A(audience) online needs. We also find new web content for our clients.
Why did you come to TechCrunch Startup Battlefield Africa?
I came to have solutions and insights from other presenters and connect with new tech startups.
Why did you opt for software development yet you studied a different course?
Everything is connected. Though I did Agricultural Engineering, reaching out to a different area is not a new thing. I’m trying to bring new technologies to local companies and universities.
How about your team? Is team PayBobby a one-man show?
I have close to 15 guys on the ground. Sometimes I work on freelance basis with these workers around Eldoret. 5 are in marketing, 5 are designers and the remaining five are think tanks.
What is PayBobby Solutions’ main business app?
3D animation is becoming out main attraction. It is a thing with the youth.
Have you ever won an award?
My first award was EuroAfrica Bio-Medical e-Education Engineering Project. I won the Africa category and emerged the 2nd overall in the world. This was through an app known as MamaSmart app. The event took place in Cairo, Egypt.
What is MamaSmart?
MamaSmart App is an AI tech bot for women in Africa pertaining to when they give birth. For instance in Africa, because of workplace pressure, women have no idea what to do to take care of babies. You can use MamaSmart to chat with a doctor on a mobile app. A nurse can perform a remote diagnosis on the baby and the doctor uses the results to prescribe medicine.
Quite a brilliant idea: but was this your first breakthrough idea?
No, actually, my first business idea was called Brilliant Vision Technology. It was actually the first product that started out but it turned out to be expensive. It is all about a spectacle motion sensor technology that detects objects near a blind person and vibrates. It uses Geomaps to guide caretakers on a blind person’s location. The technology involved is patented under Google and though open source, it is still expensive to implement.
To finalize, are you looking for angel investors like all other startups in techCrunch Startup Battlefield Africa today?
Sure, we need that boost to get ahead with many of our projects.
Thank you very much for speaking to Bizrika.