“Since everyone carries a mobile phone around in their pocket, why don’t we show everyone nearby what is happening and where?
Why don’t we then use the automatic location services in their phones, so that all updates could be seen by the people that are near enough to be a witness for the police?
If we could show everything on a map, then the police will know exactly where to go.“
We had a lot of policing interested in this project. The public that saw it working in our tests was very excited.
It seemed so obvious that once everyone knew how much better this worked no one would ever want to go back to the old systems.
But I was also the father of six children, 50 years old and lived in Canada. I just didn’t fit the normal profile of someone who was supposed to do things like this. On top of that, I wasn’t willing to move. All of those things were like a glass ceiling over my head.
After dozens of conversations it came to the point where we hit a crossroad. I could either keeping trying to change the world or I could look back one day after someone else had stolen the idea, gone on to build it to the success I knew it could be, and then live with the regrets the rest of my life. The choice was mine....
We put everything we had into moving forward. A lot of money, and a good dose of anxiety later, the free Lightcatch app was born.
It was both an explosive start but also a rocky start at first, mostly because we didn’t have funds to build everything that was needed at once.
But then some amazing successes started to happen. The downloads kept growing and growing into the tens of thousands, just by word of mouth. Hundreds more experienced successful results.