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.”

Where Does the Name StarSpace46 Come From?

When people visit our event and coworking spaces for the first time, they often ask where the name StarSpace46 originated. While the brand certainly conjures up images of exploring the galaxy and shooting off into the night sky, the inspiration is quite down-to-earth. The name was in fact chosen because, like the organization, it is distinctly Oklahoman.

Oklahoma was the 46th state admitted to the union. The original state flag, adopted in 1911, was bright red, taking cues from the state's own name. The term "Oklahoma" is a portmanteau of the Choctaw Indian words for people, "okla," and "humma," which means red. In the center of this original flag stood the number 46, framed by a proud white star and outlined in blue. 1923 would become a significant date in the Oklahoma history timeline, however, when the newly formed Soviet Union began using red flags to promote their regime.

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To avoid drawing unfavorable comparisons between communism and the 46th state, Oklahoma changed to the beautiful sky-blue version we know today. The modern Oklahoma flag design features an Osage shield crossed by two symbols of harmony: a Plains-style ceremonial pipe and a natural olive branch.  

In a nod to our state's history, the original "Star 46" flag has seen a resurgence in Oklahoma City, symbolizing a shift in attitudes with young people, business owners, and community leaders. The red "Star 46" flag can now be seen flying outside of houses, on license plates, adorning hats, and, for those deeply inspired the icon, tattooed on forearms. It has become a symbol of a do-it-yourself attitude and local pride, two qualities that are very important to the team at StarSpace46.

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With an inclination towards supporting local craftspersons, artists, and businesses, the historic Star 46 flag now serves as a badge of honor for OKC's renaissance, and a rejection of the status quo. It indicates the need to rally and change the landscape, attracting more local businesses to stay and expand trade in our state. Also, to become active politically and make this an even better place to live and do business. We've intentionally stayed away from the use of the original red colors or the current state flag's blue colors to remain politically "neutral," and avoid any connotations of supporting conservative, liberal, or socialist ideas that the colors of the original flag may suggest to some.  

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With roots in tech entrepreneurship and technologists, an intentional aeronautical theme was materialized for the branding to give an almost sci-fi feel and further remove any ties to political affiliations or leanings, while still offering the nod to the spirit of the "Star 46" movement. StarSpace46's inclusion of the number 46 and the star emblem is a demonstration of our commitment to being an active part of the renaissance in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma.