Load. Aim. Fire. Text.
"It automatically sends it to them, and they'll be eliminated from the game,"
Nathan Eyal knows and loves his games, especially paintball, but he believed something was missing.
"I thought there has to be some way for me to play with my friends on my phone," said Eyal.
The 15-year-old researched, designed, and entered his app, Live Warfare, LLC., into a local startup competition. It's a self-described "real life 'Call of Duty' using your smart phone." Over 100 people competed over three days.
"I'm the only minor there," said Eyal. "That was nerve-racking!"
Nathan led a team of eight, including his dad, Remo. They worked 54 hours straight.
"He would kind of oscillate between terror and elation," said Remo.
The hard work paid off. Nathan won the competition.
"Got a little choked up at that moment actually," Remo said. "It was really beautiful."
Nathan didn't waste time after his big win.
"I said, well, I'm going to devote my whole summer to it," said Nathan Eyal.
He filed patents, built a website, hired programmers, and tested his prototype. While running a business isn't child's play, don't worry, because this isn't Nathan's first.
"It was called the Junior Paintball League," said Nathan.
When he was 12 years old, he developed a kids only paintball league.
"First I thought it was a cute idea," said Remo.
Nathan quickly drew a profit from that first business.
Now, he's looking to kick off his Kickstarter campaign. He's hoping to raise $30,000.
It's a lot of work for a teen who struggles with Dyslexia and Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder.
"It's sometimes hard to juggle with homework and stuff," said Nathan. "But if you really love something you find time for it."
It's an attitude he probably learned from grandfather, father, and mother. All three relatives are entrepreneurs.
"It does run in the family," said Nathan.
As for the future? Dad says he's off to a great start.
"At 15, I certainly was trying to figure out who I was," said Remo Eyal. "He seems to be a heck of a lot farther than I was."
For more information on the app, visit LiveWarfare.com. To visit the Kickstarter campaign page, click here.
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