Antony Mwathi, Co-Founder and CEO
For most businesses during this pandemic, the shift towards an entirely digital-based economy has been the biggest shock. Businesses had to adapt to the changing environment constraints and do it at a faster pace so as to remain competitive. Even before COVID-19, businesses were already feeling a change in the air as big data, A.I., machine learning, and robotics were being threaded together by even faster networking. The fourth industrial revolution was coming, whether they liked it or not. But the true instigator of change in this first half of 2020 has been adversity and human hardship. Because of this, the concept of ‘transformation’ – the technological, cultural, and structural changes needed to optimize an organization for a digital world connected around the consumer, became imperative overnight. But with all pressing necessities come fear and anxiety. Is my organization still relevant? How do I invest in radically new capabilities? Is this even the right time, given this bleak economic outlook? This demotivates and undervalues people who have given their knowledge and effort to make the organization what it is today. And this is a big mistake because it is, in fact, people who make organizations creative, productive, and adaptive.
We believe that upcoming talent in Africa can help shape the next generation of technology as well as give momentum to innovations on what is already existing
If COVID-19 has taught us anything, it’s that now is the time for organizations to take more care of their people.
Kenya-based FluidTech Global clearly understands this and works toward giving people a great experience while building frameworks and systems that will aid their business to be more resilient in the face of any future crises. The company excels in product development, app modernization, platform ops, data analysis and data collection, and consultancy services. “We believe that upcoming talent in Africa can help shape the next generation of technology as well as give momentum to innovations on what is already existing,” says Antony Mwathi, Co-Founder and CEO of FluidTech Global.
Mwathi co-founded the company at a young age when he was a college student working on his project. The project was a POS system to help restaurants shift from a paper-based order collection system to a fully automated system that would help them convert better and understand their stock control more efficiently. Upon completion, he and the co-founder approached tenants of a local mall to have them use the software and managed to get a manager of a chain of restaurants to buy into the idea. “After long nights and on the ground grinding to bootstrap the product, we realized that we could do this and make some money as we attended school,” says Mwathi.
Fast forward a couple of years and projects later, as better programmers and more business-oriented minds, the duo made the decision to legitimize their operations; that’s when the story of FluidTech Global begun, as other great minds with similar ambitions joined the ship.
Among various success stories of FluidTech Global is that of Daktari Africa, a SaaS product that provides easy, mobile access to medical care as a trusted partner. The client was facing a problem with the video consultation feature that was very mission-critical and had a huge impact on the platform’s inherent selling-point. FluidTech Global helped restore the feature for doctors and patients, future-proof it from any scaling issues that may arise in the near future, and ensure that doctor-patient interaction is as seamless, friction-free, and confidential as possible.
FluidTech is relentless towards ‘kaizen,’ a Japanese word and idea that translates to ‘continuous improvement.’ “As a company, we are always aiming to improve existing systems and building a better product than the previous one, taking failures and markers as guides on how to do things differently and better. We are very team oriented and work as a unit to get more done with accountability as a pillar,” says Thomas Mulumbi, Head of Product of the company. He adds, “Being heavily rooted in building software that is resilient and matches international standards, FluidTech Global plans to expand, maintain and improve our culture across borders.”