Tyc00n Software Turns Big Ideas into Profitable Applications

Each month, we spotlight one of our members who is making a difference in the coworking community. Representing a wide variety of startups and backgrounds, each member has a unique story to share. If you are interested in talking about your experience at SS46, send your story to info@starspace46.com. This month we share the story of Tyc00n Software owner, Caleb Briggs.

The aim of Tyc00n Software, an OKC-based development firm, is simple: Turning your tech ideas into a real solution. Led by local entrepreneur Caleb Briggs, the company uses cutting edge technology to solve real word problems for clients. Tyc00n’s team uses the latest tools to create mobile apps and other software programs. They work to solve real-world problems that businesses are facing and give innovative new ideas the best chance of success.

Caleb Briggs started out after college as a drilling and completions consultant, spending three years in the field for companies such as Conoco Philips and Chesapeake Energy. But eventually, he was drawn to the world of software development. “In 2009 I started building software at Ninecollective where we built an online high school sports web application to bring articles and blogs and scores and rankings to all 50 U.S. states,” Briggs said. “We also built a web-based oilfield service company ERP solution and a communications platform that also had several mobile components.”

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While contributing to those successful projects, the idea to venture out on his own seemed like an obvious choice. “After a short stint in 2016 rearchitecting the Integris patient portal platform, I decided to build my own software company to help other companies and entrepreneurs get their ideas built and their problems solved.”

So Tyc00n Software was born, with a goal to build the future. Specialties include working with Node.js, AWS, JavaScript, ASP, Git, and more. Businesses also turn to the team for scaling infrastructures and software consulting. Even after two years in operation, Briggs’ impact continues to grow. “I was just accepted into the EO Accelerator program which should help us scale up and has been really good thus far.”

“StarSpace has been a great place to start my company and get us out of the house as well as allow networking with other companies, many who need the service we provide,” Briggs affirmed. “I’ve been involved with Techlahoma from the start.” Through a previous role at Ninecollective, he helped sponsor lunch for a number of meetups, at The 404, OKC Cocoa, and eventually at StarSpace46. His favorite aspect of coworking at SS46 is access to input from other members of the tech community. “Just friendships with the people who work here as well as bouncing ideas off people who are not even a part of our company.”

OKDHS to Benefit from New App Created in OKC

Many business owners are just learning about the real benefits of custom application solutions. From specialized operations for brands to time-saving solutions for working parents, the tech world is leading the way into a truly more efficient society. ittybam, an Oklahoma City-based tech consulting company, has created a new product that is poised to revolutionize the way child welfare specialists connect with potential foster parents. The CEO, Daniel France, is on a mission to make these communications exponentially faster, freeing up time for busy child advocates on both ends of the application.

Daniel France and his company, ittybam, have worked with many recognizable brands, including Kia, Caterpillar, Summit Web Conferences, and even presidential campaigns. A prominent member of the Oklahoma tech landscape for about ten years, he quickly moved from sales to management, eventually taking over a small development shop. Soon after, he became the founder of FilmFreeway, the largest film submission service in the world. “It helps filmmakers to submit their works to multiple film festivals at once, view their status and awards. Most importantly, it protects their film from being distributed without their consent,” he elaborated. “It also allows festivals to quickly tell their story, create segments and accept submissions with varying pricing, and to invite their team to judge those submissions from the app.”

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The company’s maxim is straightforward: We. Build. Cool. Shit. Entrepreneurship has been a serial component of France’s life. “Starting ittybam was just the logical step to continue building great products until I could create a new service for the world.” That new service aimed at changing the world is Actovos. “ We believe we will be able to take this solution to other states to help their teams make more informed decisions, and do it faster,” France said. Over the next year, in addition to a growing team and new client endeavors, a high priority for ittybam will be enhancing Actovos for new clients and extending its capabilities to help other industries.

As a part of the StarSpace46 prequel operation, The404, France made the leap to the new facility as one of the founding members. “The connections and relationships we’ve made here have helped propel us to where we are now. They provided us opportunities with new clients, and also resources to help us keep those clients happy,” he said. “If we hadn't been at StarSpace46, I highly doubt we would have had the opportunity to attract the State of Oklahoma to Actovos.”

Member Spotlight: Viktoria Carlson

Each month, StarSpace46 shines a spotlight on members who are making a difference in the community. Representing a wide variety of businesses and backgrounds, each member has a unique story to tell. If you are interested in sharing your experience at SS46, send your story to info@starspace46.com. This month's we share the story of Viktoria Carlson, a member since 2016.

While it may seem like hyperbole when you read about an organization who claims to bring together industry leaders from “all over the world,” at StarSpace46, that is most certainly true. Viktoria Carlson, currently the Business Operations Director for Hoegg Software, spent most of her childhood in Sweden. After moving to Stirling, Scotland to earn a BA in Journalism Studies, Viktoria began a journey that eventually led her to the coworking space here in Oklahoma City.

 “I moved to Glasgow in hopes of pursuing a career in communications. I applied for a job in media with the Commonwealth Games but ended up being recruited to work for their Events Operations team instead. It ended up being something I enjoyed far more than if I had succeeded in my original goal. After the Games, I ended up staying in Glasgow another couple of years working on other large-scale sporting and cultural events such as the World Bagpipe Championships and the BBC Proms in the Park, before eventually deciding to move to the States, where my mother is from. I’m not one of those lucky people who’ve known what they wanted to do since the age of 4 - the route so far is certainly a little haphazard and winding. Rather, I like to frequently assess whatever path I’m on for two criteria - Am I learning? Do I enjoy it? The worst thing I can imagine in any job, or for any areas of life for that matter, is stagnancy. If I’m challenged and enjoy the work, I like to believe the path will take me in the right direction. It seems to be working so far. But if it doesn’t...well at least I’m enjoying it. And isn’t that the point after all?

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In 2016, Viktoria began working for Cityscope, a company developing an Event Listing app for Oklahoma City. The company had offices at StarSpace46, one of the very first technology firms to become a member. As the Cityscope project was coming to an end, a chance meeting led to new opportunities.  

 “I was at Will Rogers Airport waiting for a flight when I bumped into Jeff Yenzer, a StarSpace46 partner, and Hoegg Software’s HR Consultant. He asked if I was still looking for work, and if so, would I want to send my resume to Hoegg Software. Two weeks later I had an interview - and I was nervous. I had learned from their website that they did DevOps and IT Integration Consulting...but I still felt pretty clueless to what DevOps entailed, even after some research. What I did have was a huge interest in continuing working with tech and startups. My ten previous months at StarSpace46 had given me the taste of the startup working environment, and it was anything but stagnant. I was constantly learning, plus, I really enjoyed it. I got the job, and here I am a year later. And with a better knowledge of DevOps, too.  

Hoegg Software operates with a specific set of values. Their mission is to help all constituents become healthier, stronger, and safer through empirical decision making and transformative IT infrastructure. Viktoria approaches this objective passionately.

 “Hoegg Software’s goal is to make their clients software better. Ryan Hoegg describes software as a central nervous system keeping all the different ‘tribes’ of today’s society connected, and wants to see a world where humans and software live in symbiosis. By bettering today’s software, our mission is to equip our customers and their software to be healthier, stronger, and safer for such a future. Hoegg Software as it is today, quite frankly, would not exist without StarSpace46. It is fantastic being in a space where people are constantly helping each other out. You can find a whole array of different skill sets and levels of experience in the space, and many people volunteer their time and knowledge simply because business and innovation is their passion. Startups can come with their own unique sets of problems and I think it is very reassuring being around people who may have experienced what your company is going through before. In addition, StarSpace46 offers in-house fractional services such as bookkeeping and HR consulting, a huge benefit when a company is still in its growing phase and not ready to hire such services on a full-time basis.  

“I believe the relaxed working environment of StarSpace46 is very conducive to getting real help for real problems. I find there is a lot less pretense and reason to put on a facade about how your company is doing. Members are open to sharing their struggles with their coworkers and I believe are finding solutions at a much faster rate because of this. I find on a personal level that working in a place where you can be open and honest, and not worry too much about hiding behind a company’s image or trying to impress the right people, to be very refreshing.”