Three of the founders, Tim, Abdigani, and Tonya, worked together solving problems for large financial institutions in Africa and realized that while banks and alternative financial service providers were making huge profits, many of the individuals around them were suffering and constantly mired in debt. Individuals were turning to communities to support them where basic financial management could have prevailed and helped bring them out of poverty. William spent significant time in India, China, and several other countries where he witnessed similar un- and underbanked populations, and felt that developing tools to help them help themselves was a cure instead of treating the symptoms.
SuperFluid Labs was formed in 2015 by Dr. Abdigani Diriye, Timothy Kotin, William Marks, and Tonya Nyakeye to address one of the major challenges facing people in Africa.
The founding team comprises world-class research scientists, consultants and operation managers from leading companies and institutions such as IBM Research, Microsoft Research, Dalberg Global Development Advisors, the Boston Consulting Group, Harvard University, Cornell University, University of Cambridge, Carnegie Mellon University and University College of London with expertise that spans financial technology, computer science, engineering, statistical analysis and project management. The team has also published over 45 papers, reports and patents in leading scientific journals and outlets.
The founding team has also hired several employees and is in the process of hiring many more to ramp up production of our services and products as we gain clients and traction. Together, we have the know-how for the complete package to grow, develop and run a successful company. We plan to increase hiring of developers and project managers as we grow, as well as building out in-house services like legal, marketing, HR, and design to fill out the team as we expand into other products and markets.