Article By: Alexandria Johnson
Kennesaw State is slowly but surely becoming a popular university in the Atlanta area. It’s sudden growth has paved the way for a new generation of college students who are into not only tech but finding out who’s doing what and where.
KSU Moves, an app for Kennesaw State students by Kennesaw State students, is definitely on the right track to showing why Kennesaw State is the place to be. KSU Moves founders and developers Chris Farley and Malik Shepard are 20-somethings who saw a need for an app like this at KSU. Sure, you could use Eventbrite to find out what the move is or even Facebook events but who would post that their having a house party in Kennesaw on Eventbrite? They see that there are so many dope moves, talented students and a large audience. Chris Farley and Malik Shepard of Douglasville definitely know what they’re doing! Check out this amazing interview below:
What Made you guys want to start KSU Moves?
Malik: After going to KSU for 3 years, I realized that I knew little to nothing about events that were sponsored by campus organizations. Most of the events that I heard about were through word of mouth. Otherwise, I would have no way of figuring out what was going on unless I happened to walk by at the right time.
How do you feel about the student life at KSU?
Malik: Student life is somewhat lacking. You would find the same people at these events because no one outside a group's norm would know about them. I think that student life should target a larger demographic. It is pivotal for a student to college life to experience diverse and unique aspects of life, culture, and community that they may never have the opportunity to experience outside of their college career. Experiencing diverse and unique aspects of culture and community are a pivotal part to a full and well-rounded student life. More and more careers are looking at extracurricular activities, which includes participation in school-sanctioned events.
What motivates you to keep going?
Chris: I like to win. I want to be better. I have a messiah complex, I want to save the world. -Chris
Malik: My overall goal is to own my own Certified Public Accounting firm. I don’t like working for other people. I want to be my own boss, and KSU Moves is my first step in that direction.
How did you get into app design?
Chris: I started in robotics and software. I’m a nerd, I always wanted to build a super-suit. It cost money for the parts in robotics which was crazy. I saw that it was free to make apps versus robotics which is expensive. I already knew most of the language so it came fairly simple. I was too poor to afford the iphone so I started building apps on my android phone. (That is how you make it work).
Walk me through the process of how you came up with this idea? What led to the creation of ADNAP?
Chris: I’ve always had an entrepreneurial mindset. At first, we were rapping. Then, we explored the idea of a clothing line. At 11 and 12 I was recording everything with my camera. I was in Macon over the summer of 2016 back from college and needed something to work on because I was bored. I called everyone everyday coming up with different ideas.
From calling everyone everyday, how did ya’ll do everything? where did you go from there?
Malik: Chris moved from Jacksonville, Alabama to Kennesaw, Georgia in order to prevent potential miscommunications in developing the company.
Why did you guys go from ATL Moves to KSU Moves?
Malik: Atlanta is really big, and it required a higher budget. We went on a smaller scale by doing Kennesaw because we thought that Kennesaw State would back us until we found out they had their own social media marketing for an app they already use. This app is already under contract. The original idea was Atlanta Moves, but we quickly realized that we did not have the resources for such a project. So we decided to start a little smaller, with KSU Moves, and expand once we gained the opportunity to. Currently, KSU is under contract with a different social media marketing app. However, it is not being used, so we hope to out-perform it.
Where do you see this app in 6 months?
Chris: Hopefully, 10,000 downloads between IOS and Android apps. Also, the first day of Fall 2017 Semester, the gold version (non-beta) will be released.
What are your individual goals:
Chris’s goal: I want to create the future of technology.
Malik’s goal: I want to be able to live comfortably. I don’t want to stress over bills or expenses..
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