Okii Eli, a freelance tech blogger and university student at Kenya’s Jomo Kenyatta University of Science and Technology and three others launched Echorest, a startup that enables one to buy and sell or find experiences with people and businesses around them after he faced tough experience buying his first laptop.
Okii Eli told TechMoran how it all began.
“I bought a laptop at a shop in Nairobi at Ksh 27,000 but a few moments later I came across another shop, selling the same laptop at Ksh 24,000. I felt terrible and sought to do something about it and Echorest was born.”
Echorest, derived from echo and rest. Echorest says it aims to reduce the time spend by people looking for goods, services and experiences in their locality.
Echorest works simply.
According to Eli, “Buyers describe, name the price they are willing to pay, location and time they need the service, good or experience and we automatically connect and match them with the right service providers through mail and text notifications. After which they get in touch with the buyer and the one that satisfies buyer’s needs makes a sale. Later after the transaction the buyer posts recommendation of the service provider.”
He added, “The service providers are those who sale goods, services and those who offer professional services like mechanics. Our platform gives the buyer the power to get all his needs at his price and to cut customer acquisition costs for service providers.”
He says they are signing up more firms and spreading to major towns in Kenya.
he team of three , two developers, one marketer won the Best Innovative Startup in the software category during the JKUAT Tech Expo. When they get funding, Echorest say will grow their team and make it a global product.
On their mind now is a planned launch in Nigeria and South Africa early next year.
Echorest aims to be on Android by Christmas Eve.