Entrepreneurs are a special breed, born into this world with a drive to create and a need to succeed. For Ryan Talbert, this is certainly true.
Talbert is the creator of Herdmap, a free lifestyle app that helps people find the most popular places in their city using real-time GPS markers. Talbert released the first version of his app in July. On Dec. 25, he’ll celebrate the release of Herdmap 2.0, a completely redesigned app chock full with enhancements that make it easier than ever for people to find out “where the party is at.”
From social media integration, to real-time coupons, push notifications and more, the app puts users first while generating revenue.
Growing up, Talbert always had aspirations of running his own business. In order to make his dreams a reality, he chose to start his college career at St. Louis Community College.
“Honestly, I was skeptical of community college at first, but STLCC-Wildwood ended up being the perfect fit,” Talbert said. “Not only did the experience position me to earn valuable transfer scholarships, but I also found the support I needed to work hard and focus.”
Dusty Sweet, Ph.D., associate professor of economics and statistics, said students like Talbert are unique in that they create their own success.
“The thing I remember most about Ryan was his willingness to break with convention,” Sweet said. “He was a creative thinker, always challenging the accepted theory.”
Talbert graduated from STLCC in 2014. He then transferred to Saint Louis University, where he earned his bachelor’s degree in business administration with an emphasis in entrepreneurship. While at SLU, he developed his idea for Herdmap.
“My professor challenged us to bring a list of 20 viable business opportunities to the next class,” Talbert said. “I took the assignment seriously, and from it, I came up with a business plan for what would eventually become Herdmap.”
While he was excited about his idea, he shelved it until after earning his degree.
“I put my idea on hold initially because I didn’t want to fail,” he said. “After a little encouragement from family and friends, I decided I needed to pursue it.”
To get started, Talbert contracted with a programmer to build the prototype. Following its release, he created a list of enhancements he wanted to make. After careful consideration, he chose to hire a new programmer to redesign the app from the ground up.
“Since starting Herdmap, I’ve been focused on building my business and making it better every day,” he said. “This experience has taught me an important lesson: There’s no perfect time to start a business. The perfect time is always now. And even if you think it can’t be done, there’s always someone somewhere who can help you build it.”
For more information, like Herdmap on Facebook.