How three middle school pals built the software that feeds the Super Bowl | RetailTechPodcast

How three middle school pals built the software that feeds the Super Bowl

How three middle school pals built the software that feeds the Super Bowl - Los Angeles Times. Roper, the technology guy on the team, took one class at UCLA, dropped out and then started working for Apple Inc., before joining the Red Bull Stratos team in Roswell, N.M., where he built equipment that would let a skydiver jump from space. Roper taught himself how to code for Apple's iOS, and Pratts took care of operations. Once the three started working with more venues, they realized there was room to grow beyond a consumer-facing app - they could run the whole system. "Sports is arguably the hardest industry to start in," Roper said. "If your servers go down for five minutes during the Super Bowl that's a very, very big problem - for us there's no MVP in sports, it has to be perfect." "We built this drink-mixing feature that was super awesome based off of another buddy from high school saying he wished he could mix his own drink on there. I was like, 'Hell yeah. Let's build that!'". Read more