Founder & CEO, Lynit
Michael Green has been passionate about writing since his teenage years. Crafting fiction revealed itself as “a way to have conversations about magic,” and to build different worlds in his stories.
A data scientist by day, Michael found himself intrigued by the complexity of weaving together characters, plots and ideas, and the possibilities for infusing some of data science’s analytical frameworks into the artistic process of storytelling. He built a tool to help organize his writing ideas, and after showing it to a few other writers and hearing their enthusiasm, he fleshed it out into an app called Lynit, which is now in beta.
We were introduced to Michael by fellow weirdo, Chanita Christmas and her description of him was so wonderful, we sent him an invitation immediately:
“His mind is so weird, beautiful, and brilliant. Sometimes I feel like we could be subspecies of humans, and if so, we definitely belong to the same tribe. He’s the person who introduced me to the world of sci-fi and fantasy in the first place and I am forever grateful. We have moments of random dancing in the apartment to all types of music as he does a perfect pirouette while I usually stumble to the ground in laughter. He’s just… a phenomenal human being and so interesting. I picked him because more people need to know about his magic. I can only imagine there are Black kids somewhere who think they’re too weird to fit in but don’t realize that being weird is their superpower and I honestly think Michael can be one of the people to show them how truly spectacular they are.”
🤓 I geek out about…
Magic. I love creating systems of magic, applying as much science to it as possible, then picking apart the practicality of using it. If I ever ask someone,”if you could have any super power what would it be?”, it’s a setup question. Then I will have fifty follow up questions about why they want it and how will they handle various practical concerns.
🎒 I collect…
I’m not much of a collector, though I should probably start, my home is pretty sparse.
💬 My friends ask my advice about…
just about anything, from tax questions to how to get an idea off the ground to what to wear. It doesn’t mean they always take my advice haha, but I have opinions on a lot of things. I have been single most of my life, but I do love giving advice on how relationships should work in theory ha.
🧰 How my weird obsessions show up in my work…
My obsession with magic and world building show up in the types of stories I write, but also they were the catalyst for me creating Lynit in the first place. While writing my first book, I created a world with six different forms of magic that all have their own complex systems of how they technically worked as well as philosophies of how people believed they worked. I had theories on what type of person would be good at each type of magic and then had to create a world that would make those sort of people. I had all these different interconnected story elements that had to work together and drive the plot. I needed a brand new tool just to keep up with it.
🌱 What form(s) of growth is/are most important for your company?
We are still in the early stage of honing our MVP. Growth for us would be making more writers happy than we are now.
🚶 I would walk/drive/travel 500 miles to…
Find a clear sky and setup my telescope.
You can learn more about Michael at lynit.app.