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Moovn - a Black Owned Tech Startup is Changing the way people move, shop and pay around the world!

MOOVN June 18, 2020 at 8:52 am
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MOOVN THE FUTURE

Moovn Technologies has traditionally used its platform to speak on social justice issues from the beginning of time. We launched the Moovn The Future initiative aimed at addressing racial disparities that exist in the tech space. Many African Americans are oftentimes discriminated upon when it comes to employment opportunities, career advancement or Startup Funding. 

We also recognize that there is a limited number of Tech related programs which invest in young black men and women. Our Moovn The Future initiative aims to provide training, college recruitment, sustainable careers and leadership opportunities for young black men and women. We plan to support Tech related Programs in predominantly black Public Schools and HBCUs (Historic Black Colleges & Universities) across the United States and beyond.

BACKGROUND

After graduating with an MBA, Godwin was eager to return to the job market and begin climbing the corporate ladder. The job search wasn’t as smooth as he had anticipated. Passed up for multiple job opportunities, Godwin decided to pursue entrepreneurship with a business idea he had shelved for years. Entering the Tech field wasn’t easy especially given his competitors were already valued in the Billions. Not only was he ridiculed by investors and being told that he was “overly ambitious”, but was also shunned by software engineers who thought his business plan was unrealistic. In June 2014, Godwin decided to launch Moovn Technologies with zero technical skills and a budget of $5,000.

Getting Moovn off the ground was not easy. Godwin spent many days and nights teaching himself how to code and depleted his entire entire life savings into building the platform from scratch. It took 9 months to launch the first Moovn App prototype into the Seattle Market and the rest is considered history.

WHY NOW?

Godwin spent 5 years building Moovn Technologies from the ground up, a journey which he states could have been shortened by having access to reliable funding and top talent software developers in the US. Combining these challenges with the fear of his business model collapsing, he decided to outsource Moovn’s technology development to Africa, where he created sustainable employment opportunities for young African men and women in tech.

“Facebook Inc. says that 3 percent of its U.S. workforce is black, up from 2 percent in 2014. The company has declined to say how many of those people occupy technical roles. Only 2 percent of Google’s workers are black, a figure that has remained static for the past three years. The Alphabet Inc. unit’s efforts to increase that have sparked an internal backlash, with one former employee suing because of perceived discrimination against white and male candidates”. – Fortune Magazine

Moovn Technologies is compelled to address the lack of diversity in tech within the US given the under-representation of black people employed by technology companies. We also recognize that in order for us to scale, we need to support tech programs within our communities that would create a future pipeline of career and leadership opportunities for young black people. In addition, Moovn Technologies also intends to create an investment fund for black-owned start ups with the intention of removing funding barriers.

Moovn Technologies was founded with a tri-fold agenda which is; MOVING PEOPLE, ENABLING COMMERCE & CHANGING LIVES. We believe that technology has the power to either transform or marginalize people of color. We choose to focus on building technologies that will transform lives. For instance, we provide solutions to address discrimination of African American riders on competing rideshare platforms, creating a centralized marketplace for people to safely transact online or a payment solution that promotes financial inclusion particularly in disenfranchised communities.

Above all, we intend to reinvest in the communities that we do business in, as well as build a pipeline of future technical talent to support Black Tech. Our Moovn The Future initiative has been 3 years in the making and we’ve already began taking steps towards implementing the roadmap in achieving our objectives.

MADE IN AFRICA

Did you know that Moovn Technologies is 100% designed, built, and maintained by brilliant young men and women in Africa? Since Africa has largely been viewed as a consumer of technology, we decided to set our goals on changing the narrative from Consumers to Producers. This means that if you catch a Moovn ride in the streets of New York City or Nairobi (Kenya), expect your Moovn App experience to be engineered by young African men and women behind the platform. In fact, this makes us the ONLY technology service platform that is 100% produced and exported from the continent of Africa to America.

CHANGING LIVES

Combining financial inclusion, mobility and a centralized online marketplace for black-owned entrepreneurs seems like an impossible achievement. However, our company is steadily working towards making it a reality. Through our Moovn The Future initiative, we intend to build social equity and a sustainable infrastructure of accessible platforms, that will economically empower disenfranchised communities and change lives for generations to come. 

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