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Senior Zach Morrison develops mobile app through tech company

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Zach Morrison codes for his future app.

Zach Morrison codes for his future app.

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Zach Morrison codes for his future app.

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Sweat piles up on his temple as his eyes dart back and forth, focusing intently on the data that fills up his laptop screen. His hands, in a blurry motion, hover over the keyboard and frantically type out codes. To a passerby, he might look like another teen programmer but in reality, senior Zach Morrison is an entrepreneur who is drawing up his own technology business.

It all started when Morrison wanted to receive an Apple developers license after several years of practicing and perfecting his coding. He found out that in order to receive his license and enter the Apple market, he needed to be a company owner and so he created Anubis LLC.

“I thought it was the perfect opportunity to get out there in the business market and a good place to start so I can make some money,” Morrison said.

Claiming the title, chief of finances and operations, Morrison hired two other associates, Micah Katz and Josiah Morrison, as chief technology and chief executive officers. Each person in the trio has their own role, but the team codes together and develops ideas for potential apps.

“We’re actually supposed to release our first app pretty soon within the next two months or so, it’s still in the data testing stage,” Morrison said. “What we’re using is React Native which is a mental language. It’s a lot faster for framing and the stuff is made in Go programming language so for something that takes six to 12 months, we probably could get done in like four months.”

For Morrison, his job requires him to take an active role in financial analysis and management of the company, as well as overseeing the overall production.

“I come up with different charts and things to figure out a different way to spend money,” Morrison said. “[I also] keep track of all of the expenses that we pay and where we are getting our money from. [As well as being] in charge of making sure everyone else gets their stuff done.”

Morrison’s company is currently a limited liability company, a structure in which the members of his company are not held personally liable for the company’s debt or accountability.

To keep his business intact, there are numerous fees that Morrison must pay which include the LLC, website domain, developers license and server host.

“The hardest thing is pulling together the money,” Morrison said. “Most of the funding comes from Micah and I. He has his bar mitzvah money and I get money from investing in stock and leftover money from investing in cryptocurrency.”

Despite being only 17 years old, Morrison’s supporters believe that he has the traits and qualities that will allow him to successfully run his business.

“In order to start a business you will need to have determination, be visionary and organized as well as have excellent communication skills,” business and marketing teacher Valerie Cooper said. “And this kid has everything it takes to start a business.”

In fact, Morrison inspired senior Maya Connor to start her own clothing business before he even began Anubis LLC.

“He works really hard,” Connor said. “I remember one time he was telling me [his partners] were having complications and he was kind of like “forget them I’ll do it by myself.” If his mind is set on one thing he [will] get that one thing done and so as an entrepreneur if he wants to start a business, he will get it done.”

Aside from starting a business, Morrison is finishing up his senior year and will be majoring in astrophysics at the University of Texas at Austin in the fall.

“During college, I plan on advertising my company and receiving publicity,” Morrison said. “But in the long run, I actually want to work for NASA or SpaceX. For now, I’m just trying to grow my company and see where it heads off.”

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