Summary: A mobile technology startup that designs, develops, and launches gorgeous iOS and Android apps for innovative entrepreneurs.
Mechanical Engineering ‘16
Computer Science ‘16
Industrial Engineering ‘19
Tell me about some of your high points from Tech.
Stephen: Tech helped me grow, really. I’ve been doing Computer Science now for like 12 years. I’ve been coding apps since I was 15 or 14 or something, so it’s not like I was ever at a lack of software experiences honestly, it just kind of was the high point of being able to really dig into my life outside of that as well.
Karima: I’m only a second year, so I’m definitely the younger one here, but I guess the high points are definitely meeting the people, like Seth and Stephen. Coming from high school, you see people who are doing things just for grades, or just for a letter, but when you come to college you’ll meet the few people who are just really passionate about what they do.
What actually is plutonium apps? A dev firm? A startup?
Seth: We call ourselves a mobile technology startup. So we work with entrepreneurs, startups, small organizations, small businesses, sports teams, universities who basically want to create a new experience that is contained in a mobile app but really don’t know where to start, or maybe they do know where to start but could use some help ensuring that their product is a quality product, that is a good user experience.
What makes you passionate about doing this?
Stephen: So a quote that I like to use is “We like to make sure that everyone has the opportunity to get their idea out there.” And seeing that actually happen, is amazing.
Seth: The idea is you don’t have to be an expert in technology, to have a successful technology company. We hear it everyday you know, “oh I have an app idea.”
Literally every day?
Seth: Right I hear it ten times a day. In between half my classes, “oh you’re the guy that makes apps, what do you think of this?” And some of them are great, some of them could use a little work but it’d be a shame if all the people with great ideas, just because they didn’t know how to code, could never see that experience come to life.
Karima: I guess for me, the biggest thing is really being able to make a change in a lot of different areas... You think, I’m an environmental engineer, I’m only going making a difference in the environment. Or for a robotics engineer, make a change in robotics. But then app development, we make apps for everyone.
So which is your favorite app that you've built?
Karima: I’m biased to our new one Pulse.
Seth: So Pulse is a metronome app that taps your wrist. It has haptic feedback on the phone so you can feel it as it goes... We actually just hit 30,000 users.
That’s awesome, a lot of people use metronomes?
Seth: So a shooter, someone who does targeting for the olympics, he used it to monitor his breathing rates, to make sure he was breathing on the right time before shooting. There was a lady who said she was a paramedic and her team all used it, because actually with our app you can sync between other devices, to make sure they were doing consistent chest compressions. Or another girl, she runs a camp for dancers who are hard of hearing. And they can’t have a metronome ticking in the background so they feel it while they’re dancing and they’re all dancing in sync.
It’s easy to sound cheesy. We’re a startup, we’re going to make the world better. But nothing is better than when you get that email on a Sunday night, when you’re studying, and it’s someone saying hey I use this app, thanks so much you actually helped someone from our team save someone’s life.
This Q&A was edited for content.