He was born the son of African immigrants, grew up in Minnesota and came to Indiana to attend Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology. Malomo co-founder Yaw Aning, who won both Rising Entrepreneur and Startup of the Year honors at this year’s TechPoint Mira Awards, reflects the continued growth and diversity of the state’s tech ecosystem, says Techpoint Chief Executive Officer Mike Langillier.
“Yaw’s story is a story of the importance of talent attraction and programs like the Orr Fellows and the Xtern program and others that are taking the great talent that’s coming to our universities and plugging them into our entrepreneurship and tech community,” said Langillier. “It’s also a story of entrepreneurial persistence, because sometimes it takes a while to get a hit.”
Aning talked about his entrepreneurial journey on this weekend’s edition of Inside INdiana Business with Gerry Dick.
Malomo, a platform that helps companies turn shipment tracking notifications into marketing and revenue opportunities, was launched in 2019 by Aning and Anthony Smith. Early relationships with Shopify and big shippers like FedEx, UPS and the U.S. Postal service fueled growth for the company, which announced a $5 million seed round of funding in April, bringing its total funding to more than $8 million.
Aning and Smith previously led digital product company Sticksnleaves.