My First Great Idea: A Technology Magazine Made by Students for Students
TechFlow was started by two Brisbane high school students – Dunija and Yash – when they realised there weren’t many resources for students that could inform them about the latest trends in technology. Digital Careers was able to catch up with Dunija and Yash and find out what TechFlow is all about and the origins of their First Great Idea…
- What was your first great idea? It could be a business idea or concept and it doesn’t matter how old you were when you had it.
One day we were talking about technology, like we usually did, and we realised that there was a major gap between technology and students. Being students ourselves we recognised that there was not enough resources available to inform students about the abilities of new technology that could greatly enrich not only our studies, but also our lives. We decided to bridge that gap, and this is where our first great idea began. At first, we created a WordPress site called “The Edge” and it got an unbelievable response, receiving 800 views in 5 days. Due to this result, we decided to take the big step of creating “TechFlow.co” which was brought to life in mid-July 2015.
- What was the driver for this idea? How did it come about? When did it come about?
We knew hundreds of different technology websites, but we couldn’t find a single media outlet that was targeted towards the student demographic. Our journey to find a solution came about through a discussion on our school’s decision to use iPads in the classroom. We started to look at the different options that were available, including solutions like Microsoft’s line-up of “Surface” devices and a few other hybrid windows computers. From this little bit of research, we realised that we could make something from this that would benefit all of our classmates.
- Where has it taken you today and where are you now?
As TechFlow began to grow, we realised that the world was our oyster and that this was our chance to make our mark on the technology scene. Our site now has over 20,000 users since our launch date and we are continually growing and seeking new ways to be efficient and improve our content. We now have a team of 20 extremely inquisitive minds that are passionate about transforming the way students are educated about technology. We’ve also had the opportunity to work with other companies like Logitech and Bang n’ Olufson. We have not only grown as businessmen, but as people too and we think that is what is important.
- What advice would you give to young innovators or young people considering a career either in technology or using technology?
Sometimes people choose not to pursue something because they think it is too risky. But it’s only when you take risks that something great can happen to you – all it takes is hard work and the drive to make your vision a reality. Pursuing our passion in technology has led us to where we are today, and we are continuously growing our vision.
It’s also important to understand how to use our naturally inquisitive minds. If you come up with an idea which you are passionate about, then by all means pursue it. People tend to give up their passion when they realise there are expenses involved. Money is only a part of the equation but it is important to understand that whenever you do something from your heart, you are using your money wisely. You are investing your money into an idea which could potentially turn into quite a large brand.
- What excites you most about the technology landscape
Never has there been a better time to innovate, create and get involved in the fields of technology. Technology has unlimited power and there are so many opportunities now to collaborate and construct with other people. We are just a click away from each other and the process of communication has completely transformed. We have unlimited tools at our disposal – all that matters is how we use it. Pursuing your passion in technology can take you to so many places and you can make a direct impact on the world. Technology has advanced more in the last 2 years than it has in the last decade and it’s unbelievable to imagine what the future has in store.
- A bit about us!
We have an excellent team here at TechFlow. Every day, we are more than happy to work with a group of talented young people to help support TechFlow. Without these very important individuals, we wouldn’t be who we are today. They help us better ourselves every day and they make TechFlow what it is. So, here are all the people who work with us to make TechFlow what it is:
- Dunija Ariyaratne, CEO, Co-Founder
- Yash Dutt, CEO, Co-Founder
- Kai Fitzsimmons, Chief HR Officer
- Sakura Everett-Jones, Head of PR and Marketing, Worldwide
- Cervantes Feng, PR, Worldwide
- Linda Lin, PR, Worldwide
- Richal Verma, Chief Writer
- Anuja Ariyaratne, Writer
- Wendi Ma, Writer, Gaming Moderator
- Carolyn Farago, Editor
- Gemma Henderson, Editor
- Otis Carmeicheal, Writer
- Pranav Sharma, Writer
- Michael Luck, Writer
- Upek Vedasinghe, Regional Marketing and Relations, Sri Lanka and Asia
- Seneth Wijesinghe, Graphics and Visuals
Visit their website: http://www.techflow.co