The PeN of the Future

With each changing year, we find ourselves contemplating how the previous year was and how we can make the next year much better than the last. PeN added around 1M new users in 2017 and aim to add 10M new users in 2018. To some who is curious to know why is the app called PeN, when pen is a simple writing instrument, read on and discover how PeN came about.

Before the age of the internet and anything digital, a proverb said that “the pen is mightier than the sword”, which was proven time and time again during the course of history. From its simple beginning of being a writing instrument, the humble pen was used to communicate thoughts to a wider audience, record history, approve transactions, deliver important messages,  create wonderful work of art, sign legal documents and even create a flow of money and wealth with the first legal tender used in circulation. Other than writing or drawing, a pen has a variety of purposes more than what it was intended for such as making new friends, sharing information, expressing your feelings, playing with it, unlocking doors, using it for self-defense, and much more. Each of us might have found a unique way to use a pen.

With almost everything at this time and age in a digital form, we at PeN have decided to revitalise the simple pen and make it relevant to the modern world and bring back is multi-purpose power, inspired by the proverb, “the pen is mightier than the sword” popularised by author Edward Bulwer Lytton in 1839 and coined by Greek playwright Euripides in the 3rd century and used by the Assyrian sage Ahiqar in the 7th century. Indicating that communications and advocacy is a more effective tool in mobilizing a large group of people.  To achieve that and bring back the relevance of the humble pen in the modern world, we created a super-app, PeN, with the same line of thought, a multi-purpose tool that is used to:
– communicate
– deliver messages
– share information
– express your feelings and emotions
– share your thoughts and opinions
– record transactions
– facilitate the flow of currency securely
– shop
– make new friends
– play fun games
– ask for help during an emergency
– ensure health and safety
– open doors
– locate friends
– discover places
– give feedback
– build communities

and a lot more based on how you used the app and its powerful features.

In the near future, with its unique capability to reach users and work even without internet connection, PeN is on boarding the next billion of users. These are the new wave of users that are new to the use of the ever-expanding internet connectivity and do not have a stable internet connection, but needs a seamless platform to communicate and express themselves.

With this in mind PeN is doing what it can to make this world a better place for all of us and the future generations to come by:

– helping alleviate poverty in its small ways with micro-sharing
– making connectivity available even to those who can’t afford the cost of using the internet
– ensure health and safety with Pulse
– provide a reliable personal emergency service with SOS
– revitalize the environment with its reforestation initiatives
– free mobile shops and mCommerce capabilities to small businesses

Posted by Ian Vernon

Ian Vernon is the CEO of Dark Matter AB that operates PeN. He consider himself as a student of life with passion for innovation and would like to make the world a better place even in.

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