Ask A Techie 20 Questions – Mike Ponin – Mobile Project Leader

Mike is from the beautiful island of Martinique. He is the founder of KRIBBEAN.

How would you define a techie?

If you believe that “the use of technology” can bring people together, so u are a techie!

How has tech improved your life?

It gives me access to the knowledge and information I need when I need it.

How can technology be used to improve Martinique?

It can help us link with other islands, to diversify our activities, up tourism to another level, export our talents and our culture, facilite access to other markets and so much more.

What are some of the challenges of being an IT entrepreneur?

To get local support and raise funding

What is your favourite tech website?

TNW

Tell us about your website and app KRIBBEAN.

We promote Caribbean events and music worldwide thanks to technology. KRIBBEAN is an invitation to experience Caribbean lifestyle with an open eye on all islands with their differences & similarities.

How did you come up with the name KRIBBEAN?

First we chose “Be Caribbean” but it was too long for an app and domain name wasn’t available. We wanted a name that speaks to all islands and Caribbean lovers worldwide. As we pronounce “CA” and “K” the same way in french islands, KRIBBEAN spoke to us.

What are some of the tech used to create KRIBBEAN?

Objective-C, PHP, HTML5, CSS, SQL, Parse.com

Tell us anything about yourself.

Experienced 2 Carnivals in Trinidad & Tobago, this has played a role in the KRIBBEAN life.

Most prized gadget you own?

A BlackBerry Storm 9500 🙂 long time ago

Android or iOS?

User experience

The best advice you have received?

“You can move mountains”

Which person in tech would you like to meet?

All of those who would like to share with me

What sports teams do you support?

PSG soccer team

What keeps you motivated?

My Beliefs

What do you wish there was an app for?

Let’s keep this answer for the next interview 🙂

What house can fly?

housefly

What future technology interests you?

More than technology, I’m interested in the way we use it and how it changes our habits. iBeacon and AR for instance allow us to do that by linking tech and marketing for a better UX.

What are your favourite apps?

Kribbean 🙂 | App Annie | Bankin’ | Chune | Layout | Rockerz Islandz | PicMusic

What question would you ask the next techie?

How long mobile tech will be successful?

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