In the last decade, technology has proven to be one of the most promising and profitable sectors in the world, with
One of those insightful technopreneurs that have make a lead way into this profitable innovative path is
Although advertising was his first occupation after university education, Maximus has over the years managed to excel with the media via the use of technology and by helping
PopOut is the brain behind TopApps Award – Ghana’s first and premier apps exhibition and awards which has had supports from multinational tech companies like
According to him, the name "PopOut" was coined to reflect the project of his dream of creating a company which will “help brands, people and businesses stand out attractively.”
"We market them from the same experience. We see products and the tech industry from the point of view of business and advertising," he says.
Maximus is not just in the tech market to give recognition to tech startups in
The idea to create BoxBuzz stems from the problems people encounter with their post office boxes, especially not knowing when a letter arrives. He came up with the idea to create a simple solution which will help post offices alert P.O Box owners whenever they have a letter or parcel to pick up.
BoxBuzz will remain relevant even with the proliferation of instant messaging and email platforms in this era, Maximus says.
According to him, some new courier service features have been integrated to alert recipients of parcels and bus terminals that deliver parcels. Although he willingly accepts that the "more relevant the post office becomes, the higher the value of BoxBuzz," Maximus hopes that the app which has been unofficially launched at DEMO Africa in
Maximus said with about 319 post offices in
"We have to think big. Every idea must have a big life and ambitious future," he says.
Beside Boxbuzz and PopOut, Maximus is also the creator of Autolerts, an alert app that sends a maximum of four alerts within timelines to alert drivers on when to renew their Road Worthy, Vehicle Income Tax,
He plans to launch both businesses before the end of the year as some partnership deals are already underway in
Maximus however pointed out that things (launching the business) in
Like in most African countries, he said, government always talks about their policy and strategy for the sector but nothing concrete is being done.
"Active involvement is missing, funding is not forth coming," he added.
He also noted that corporate organisations are not also filling in the void created by the government as most of them do not even patronise local apps.
Maximus opined that these challenges could be addressed with more focused policy from government, startup development policies, access to finance, networking and partnership among developers and related industries, and local market insights.
He added that the only way for
While he hopes to remain a technology activist and consultant, an app developer as well as a venture capitalist, Max says
To budding entrepreneurs and techpreneurs, Maximus says "Keep pushing and working hard, grow like a seed, focus on developing products of value before thinking of capital and learn to partner with people from like industry."
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