By Steve Buchanan
Meet Jared Arms one of the many speakers at the upcoming Inaugural Blacks in Technology 2018 Conference (BITCon). Jared is an entrepreneur that launched Kylar.io a mobile startup at the age of 23.
Kylar.io is based out of St. Louis, MO and today Kylar.io is a technology platform for communities and businesses.
Since its launch the platform has expanded to several programs and has over 60 partners that help focus on reducing gun violence and promoting STEM skills. One of the programs on the Kylar.io platform is Kylar.io for kids. Kylar.io for Kids has become one of the top selected, STEM programs for students within St. Louis, MO.
After losing many friends to gun violence Jared set out to learn how to program. He then developed an application that centralized the obituaries of those that had passed away as digital memories. These digital memories grew in popularity as Jared's reputation and brand grew into a full fledge business. Jared ended up building around 75 apps in the early days mostly on the Android platform with some being web apps. Jared continued from there building Kylar.io into an Android development firm eventually landing the opportunity to be showcased as a part of Startup Grind, Powered by Google For Entrepreneurs.
I had a chance to connect with Jared to learn more about him, his company, and his involvement with BITCon.
Steve: When did you know you wanted to launch a startup?
Jared: In 2011, after watching the movie, The Social Network. I set out to learn how to program after that.
Steve: What are the biggest hurdle others should watch out for when launching a tech startup?
Jared: Getting out of your comfort zone. You can't do the same thing and expect different results. Unless you're insane Lol.
Steve: How did your startup get selected for Startup Grind?
Jared: After an Android development project in 2015 we had to present the app. Some folks from Google saw this presentation and the connection grew from there. Our startup was selected by the program directors at Startup Grind.
Steve: Where do you envision your startup in the next 10 years?
Jared: In the next 10 years, I plan to have Kylar.io operating in all 50 states, as an Educational/Digital cash platform.
Steve: How did you find out about BITCON?
Steve: What prompted you to speak at BITCON?
Jared: One of my core goals is to increase the awareness of STEM for people within underserved communities. Once learning more about BITCON along with its opportunities to speak at upcoming events, I believe the BITCON platform will help extremely with my company and I reaching our goals of informing people facing many societal intoxications.
Steve: In what ways do you think a conference like BITCON will impact the landscape in tech for POC?
Jared: Many, opening doors to enable people, to connect and share information, always has priceless opportunities.
Steve: What are the next 3 huge areas of growth in tech?
Virtual Data Centers
Steve: What advice would you give to POC that are getting into tech?
Jared: Do what you love, and the money will follow.
Jared's mission for Kylar.io is to push mobile technologies to the limit and work with teams of talented engineers to design and build the next generation of mobile applications. Jared is presenting 2 sessions at BITCon you won't want to miss. The sessions are:
His BITCon speaker profile is here: https://bitconference.sched.com/speaker/jarms. Be sure to check out his sessions at the conference. Here are some more links to learn more about Jared and his company Kylar.io:
About the author:
Steve Buchanan is a Group Manager – Cloud Transformation/DevOps with Accenture/Avanade, a 7-time Microsoft MVP, and author of five technical books focused on cloud and data center management. In his 18+ years as an IT professional, Steve has held positions ranging from infrastructure architect to IT manager.
Steve has been featured on the “25 ITSM Experts to Watch in 2017” list and as an “IT Unity Community Champ”. He leads the MN Azure user group and has presented at several technical conferences including MMS, Microsoft Ignite, and OSCON.
Steve is currently focused on transforming the position of IT into a strategic partner of the business and driver of digital transformation through ITSM, DevOps, and CloudOps. He stays active in the technical community and enjoys blogging about his adventures in the world of IT at www.buchatech.com.