A guest post for Handshake 2.0 from Amos Winbush III, CEO of CyberSynchs.
My emotions ran the gamut, from panic to anger, resignation to resolve. Thankfully, resolve won out at the proverbial end of the day. The scenario: Me, an aspiring 19-year-old Louisiana-bred musician crafting a sound and working to make a name for himself in The Big Apple and making some inroads…until the fateful day when my prized six-month-old smartphone crashed.
Surely somebody – the manufacturer, a tech support person, a buddy, could restore color to that mournfully black and lifeless screen. You can guess the answer, which wasn’t what a musician without access to music files, key personal contacts, emails, text messages and photos wanted to hear. Out of sheer frustration, I founded CyberSynchs.
CyberSynchs Mobile, our two-year-old company’s flagship product, is a $2.99 per month subscription service that wirelessly and automatically enables users to synchronize, backup, share, transfer and retrieve smartphone and mobile device content.
Lost phone? Crashed phone? No problem. CyberSynchs remotely houses all subscriber information on secure servers for full, immediate data recovery onto a new device. The system is embedded into devices from an array of manufacturers for connectivity, data synchronization, sharing and transfer through the hybrid cloud between mobile devices and personal computers.
Becoming a “studio apartment” entrepreneur in June 2008, my initial $100,000 personal investment in-hand, has been an eye-opening experience to say the least. The economic problems that arrived the following November, while challenging, enabled me to choose suddenly unemployed top talent to manage CyberSynchs’ various functions and operations. An additional $500,000 outside investment was also a big help, as was the formation of a technology and business partnership with Sun Microsystems.
While running a lean, 15-person operation, our company’s forecast, despite our moratorium on raises, remains sunny and bright.
Amos Winbush, III was named to Inc.'s 30 Under 30, CyberSynchs was listed on Entrepreneur's 100 Annual 100 Brilliant Ideas , profiled in AOL Small Business, and was a Featured Start-Up on BabeofBusiness.com.