Alan Knott Craig, Mxit & African mobile tech
I know nothing about the African continent, having never stepped foot into it before (something I’m sure I will remedy within the next decade). I read a piece in the FT Weekend about Alan Knott Craig, Jr. (@alanknottcraig), an entrepreneur in South Africa that runs Mxit. Mxit is impressive: 750 million messages a day served, plus allowing 581 million mobile users in Africa to make electronic payments.
You have got to love Mxit’s mantra: help more Africans make more money.
This is a social entrepreneur at his best. I’ve already picked up his book titled: Mobinomics: Mxit and Africa’s Mobile Revolution, which I presume will be an interesting read.
He is also a workaholic with suggestions on how to improve his work-life balance with 3 simple rules:
- no working after 6pm
- no working on Sundays; and
- no travelling for more than seven consecutive nights
I just subscribed to his blog and followed him on Twitter and am totally eager to learn more about this amazing continent.