Inspiration can come in many forms and arrive at any time.
For Jeff Courter, the inspiration for his growing business came at 4:30 a.m. while he was on a goose hunting trip. It was dark and cold and he was thinking to himself that, with all the experience sportsmen have in finding the best places to hunt and fish, there should be an app that can aggregate that experience and help make hunters more successful. From that inspiration, SportsmanTracker.com
The app helps hunters and fisherman to "kill more and catch more" (their tagline). Their website lists nine different features including a "predictor" - "an algorithm based on seven scientific weather variables proven to identify and predict wildlife movement," according to Courter.
In a relatively short time, the idea that was hatched on a goose hunting trip has grown into a fast-growing business. Courter says SportsmanTracker.com currently has 270,000 registered users and has received almost $1,000,000.00 in seed funding, including investment from StartGarden.
Courter currently has two team members and has immediate openings for three more. He says his biggest challenge is not growing his user base but finding the tech talent (developers and programmers) to fill the open positions. He says he has considered hiring remote programmers but at this point, he feels it's more important to have his team all in one place and "working shoulder to shoulder."
His business goals now include growing his registered users beyond 1,000,000 with a stretch goal of 2,000,000. Based on the projections, this type of growth will set the stage for further rounds of investment and bring more new jobs to the area.
Currently working out the offices of GR Current, Courter says his team will be moving to StartGarden's new office in March.
To learn more about SportsmanTracker.com, you can view their site here.
Writer: John Rumery, Innovation and Jobs News Editor