During spring break last year, 17-year-old Ritwik Pavan was a little bored.
The Enloe High School student, now a junior, turned to his computer. He started building a game, a twist on the notoriously addictive app “Flappy Bird” that requires players to fly a bird through obstacles.
The game Ritwik built featured a bird, too, but also a popular character from an online video that had gone viral. In it, a young boy named Lil’ Meatball does a dance called the Yeet.
In Ritwik’s game, the boy rode atop the flying bird with a soundtrack inspired by the video.
Ritwik named the game “Flappy Yeet,” put it in app stores and waited to see what would happen.
In the first few days, Ritwik’s creation tallied 83,000 downloads. By a few weeks in, he had topped 250,000. In the end, more than 350,000 people downloaded “Flappy Yeet,” he said.
Inspired by his success, Ritwik started wondering what would happen if he brought his creativity and technology prowess to something more serious.
With that, his company, Linker Logic Technologies, was born last May.
Ritwik recruited fellow Enloe students to join him in his efforts. Today, they provide clients with web development, app development, digital marketing, search engine optimization and social media management services.
Ritwik said he likes working with clients to figure out just what they need to market their services or create an entirely new product.
“It’s their idea and we’re just making their idea happen,” he said.
The company created a parking app that lets users know when they’re about to hit their time limit in a parking spot, designed a restaurant website with a customized ordering system and built an app for student athletes hoping to be recruited by colleges.
Aidan Curtis, 16, a junior at Enloe, is Linker Logic’s lead app developer. He and Ritwik have been working on technology projects together since they were freshmen.
Aidan said he loves the challenge of writing programs and has learned more than 10 programming languages to help him in his work.
“Once you figure out it works, nothing is better than that feeling,” he said.
Curtis would like to major in electrical engineering and computer science in college. He’s hopeful his business experiences with Linker Logic will help him when he needs to pitch his work or market a product.
“I think being a part of this company will help me get a handle on it,” he said.
Quentin Jackson, founder of Smart Solutions in Cary, hired Linker Logic when he needed to build an app in which high school athletes could build a recruitment profile.
Jackson said the age of the employees didn’t bother him a bit. In fact, it was a selling point.
He thought the team at Linker Logic would know how to build products that would appeal to a young clientele.
“I was excited about working with kids who go to school with kids who could be clients,” he said. “We as older generations tend to think the way we grew up is the way kids do business, and it’s not.”
He’s so confident in their work that he’s signed a two-year service agreement with Linker Logic.
“Everything I’ve envisioned wanting the tool to do, they’ve achieved,” he said.
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