Wait a day.” With this slogan, Xavier alumnus Kofi Onumah hopes his new application will change picture messaging as we know it.
In the spring of 2014, he and several friends launched picFuture, an app that allows users to share pictures with their friends and family—but with a 24 hour time stamp before the receiver can open the image. The app’s simple graphics and clear instructions make it a convenient, fun tool for making bets and future predictions on odds from sporting events, reality talent show results or award show bets, Onumah said. The company currently runs as a non-profit, with the goal of using any revenues for future app development projects, he added.
Onumah, who earned a Doctor of Pharmacy degree from Xavier in 2005, said he and business partner Ryan Taylor came up with picFuture when discussing the idea of developing an app that could predict the future through pictures. Onumah, a native of Minneapolis, Minn., said that despite his pharmaceutical studies, he developed his entrepreneurship skills at Xavier cutting student’s hair in the dorms and selling throwback jerseys at a local club, Ambrosia.
“If you can make it at Xavier, you can make it anywhere,” Onumah said. “Even though Xavier is challenging, I didn’t get the feeling that it was a corporate system. Xavier is more of a community.”
Xavier aspires to cultivate future leaders and innovators for society, said Kimberly Reese, Director of Alumni Relations. “Kofi is an example of many Xavier alumni who leave the university and do innovative things.”
Along with the picFuture app, Onumah said he is working on a new app with business partners Ryan Taylor and Kammron Taylor. The second app, brodyBall, was released earlier this year and allows users to set up 3-on-3 fantasy basketball teams. A Web version of brodyBall is currently being tested and should be up and working before the NBA playoffs tip-off, Onumah said.
While they hope to expand picFuture and brodyBall to other platforms such as Android or online, for now the apps are available for download on Apple products.
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