In the world of communication, the wireless earbud is the most recent craze. And nearly every mobile phone manufacturer is releasing their own earbuds. With his own creation, one digital entrepreneur has added to the earbuds economy’s inventiveness.
Danny Manu, a Ghanaian-British entrepreneur, created earbuds that automatically translate foreign languages. The earbuds, according to Keepthefaith, can live translate over 40 languages. The Click product is described as “the world’s first completely wireless headphones” with live voice translation in 40 languages.
The wireless Bluetooth headset connects to a smartphone via Bluetooth pairing. Within a sentence or two, the earbuds automatically recognize the language being spoken and give a spoken translation. Unlike earlier ideas, Click does not require the use of the internet.
Since its inception under the Mymanu brand, the device has gained popularity in Europe, the United States, and Asia. Manu tells Keepthefaith that the trip has been long and difficult, but he attributes his achievement to hard work and perseverance.
Manu funded his company entirely on his own. This was due to the difficulties that Black startups in the United Kingdom had in obtaining cash or venture funding.
“I had a hard time acquiring the money and financial support that I required from banks and government-funded programs, much like all the other ethnic minority-run firms in the UK,” he added.
As a result of the foregoing, Manu had to look for additional ways to support his startup. He used his own savings, as well as money received through crowdsourcing platforms.
“If you sincerely believe in your goods and ideas, convincing others to believe in them shouldn’t be too difficult,” he remarked.
According to Keepthefaith, he raised more than $5 million through crowdsourcing platforms such as Kickstarter and Indiegogo.
When COVID-19 struck, a Manchester business owner innovated to keep his company afloat. He saw a business potential in developing personal protective equipment (PPE) and other safety items to enable people in the Manchester area protect themselves from the epidemic.
“I wanted to do something positive for my neighborhood, and Medybird was the right solution,” Manu remarked. “I witnessed firsthand how COVID 19 was affecting BAME communities and my fellow local companies here in Manchester — it was painful to witness.”
He founded Medybird to manufacture personal protective equipment (PPE) and other safety equipment, and within weeks, he had delivered much-needed PPE and had shipped over 15 million PPE to countries in need.
“Focus on your successes and believe in yourself,” Manu advised other budding entrepreneurs interested in the IT field. “You’ll have a real opportunity if you surround yourself with your accomplishments and don’t stop believing in your aspirations,” he concluded.