We’re fortunate at Stitch to work with some of the best and brightest in the fintech space on the continent. Every month we’ll shine a light on a different member of our team or network and share more about how they help us build better. First up – meet Lebo Morojele!
Explain what you do to a 10-year-old.
I help clients use our technology to build cool products. I’m responsible for guiding them through the hard bits of connecting their app to Stitch. I also provide help before, during and after connecting them.
What’s the coolest thing you’ve ever built?
I built an app called Pelichat with (Stitch CEO) Kiaan in university. It was a social media app where you can post anonymously. After we sunsetted it, someone reached out on our old website and said they had met their partner on the app, and they got married and just had their first child. That blew my mind.
What’s the most exciting thing about working at Stitch?
It’s 100% the culture, and the technology. We’re building something no one else is doing on the continent, and it’s really exciting. Seeing our tech in the wild, being used by apps that I use – like Franc, ImaliPay, Chipper Cash – is proof that we’re doing the right thing and making other people’s lives easier.
What is your vision for what the continent looks like if Stitch has achieved its mission?
The continent looks connected. It looks accessible. For developers, it’s a lot easier to create applications that connect to financial services – insurance, banks, asset managers, any financial institution you can think of. The student in me that wanted to build a personal finance app can do that in a day. It means a lower barrier to entry – almost any dev of any skill level can get involved in the space and start exploring and building. As a result we’ll see a lot more finance-enabled apps in the space, and a democratization of financial information.
What would you say to students like young Lebo that are considering getting involved in tech?
I’d say just do it – it’s not as daunting as it looks. You don’t need a whole lot of experience; you just need to be determined.
The best way to get involved is to start building, exploring and getting your hands dirty. Don’t ideate without touching the code; ideate with the code.
I initially thought this was going to be an impossible uphill journey. But before I knew it, I had the hang of it. Now I’m an advocate for getting started with tech early on. I want people to know that the barrier is not as high as you think. After a few initial learnings, the fun really starts.