Entrepreneurs frequently start businesses because they see unique solutions to everyday problems. That’s true for one musician turned inventor.
“My iPhone crashed. I lost all my photos and calendar. I was frustrated by having to manually input all my contacts. I decided there has to be a better way,” explains Amos Winbush III.
And that’s what sparked the idea for this young musician from Shreveport, La., with no technology background, to create a solution – CyberSynchs, a universal data transfer and synchronization company.
From Musician to Entrepreneur
So how does someone transition from the music biz to founding a high-tech company?
“Most people ask me about that. I think being able to juggle so many personalities in the music business helped me a lot in starting a tech company,” he says. “I came at it from the customer standpoint. I am going to build this not because I think it’s cool but because I need it. And if I need it there have to be thousands of others around the world who need it too.”
Winbush describes his company as disruptive technology. The company’s applications offer innovative applications that enable data synchronization, sharing and transfer through the hybrid cloud between mobile devices, PCs, TVs digital cameras, camcorders, gamers and even wireless headphones.
“There are many back up products that cellular companies or manufacturers provide, but the main responsibility is to keep all your data within their infrastructure. The issue is when a consumer says I no longer want this device — go from an Apple to an Adroid for example. We allow universal synchronization among all platforms,” he explains.
According to Winbush, CyberSyncs works with 98 percent of all electronic devices, providing a secure Web portal that acts as a mirror for data collected. You can keep all your data consistent with real-time updates. And of course, because CyberSynchs is Web-based, you can access your information from anywhere.
An Eye for Improvement
Only 28 years old, Winbush’s business success and savvy has earned him numerous awards including Entrepreneur Magazine’s 100 Brilliant Companies award in 2010 and Inc. Magazine’s 30-Under-30: America’s Coolest Young Entrepreneurs in 2010.
Passionate about driving innovation, Winbush says you can walk out on the street right now and look at 15 different things you could make better. He wants to articulate that message — particularly to minorities.
“It’s clear there aren’t a lot of people of color in technology. There is a need for diversity in our field,” he notes. “There’s a need for investment in minority owned business. What better way to start an economic engine than have a bunch of people start tech companies,” he says.
To that end, Winbush has teamed up with Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee (D-Tex.) to lead new initiatives and programs designed to create national awareness and support increased minority participation in the technology sector. “Technology is a vast and growing sector. It’s a missed opportunity for our communities and our future if we fail to recognize the benefit of minority involvement, “ Rep. Jackson Lee says.
Opportunities in Innovation
Jackson Lee and Winbush will direct attention around America’s minority population as a highly-innovative and diverse technology-driven force that creates generational wealth through innovation and imagination. A recent study predicted minorities will constitute 32 percent of the population by 2020, outnumbering white males (30.1 percent). A targeted call to action now will insure a strong future, particularly by encouraging tech sector entrepreneurship and education.
This country needs a strong middle class, according to Winbush. “That’s going to require a positive slant on today’s crisis…one in which we introduce technology entrepreneurship as a viable option to minorities around this country and create a new generation of entrepreneurs.”
To help the program succeed, Winbush is committing a portion of his earnings toward organizations charged with changing communities around the country. He’s also challenging other entrepreneurs, especially venture capitalists, to match his passion and action. Now that’s putting your money where your mouth is and once again helping to solve a problem.
Check out my radio interview with Winbush to learn more!