We had the good fortune of connecting with Evan Leaphart and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Evan, what’s the most difficult decision you’ve ever had to make?
Going full time on my business. I really invested all of my savings and tapped into my personal credit to bring Kiddie Kredit to reality.
What should our readers know about your business?
My belief in credit as a tool to encourage entrepreneurship has led to the creation of Kiddie Kredit. Kiddie Kredit is a mobile chore tracking app that gives parents the ability to educate their kids on the importance of credit while simultaneously teaching them about responsibility through chore and activity completion. The premise is simple: the better a child performs their duties/activities, the better their score. We do this by creating a “kredit” score that parallels traditional FICO scoring models.
Something that sets me apart is my dedication and my ability to grow and allow team members to play their part. Sometimes you try to oversee too many things and that stops you from being able to grow, so I would say I have really learned how to do that.
I am really most excited about the entire process itself. A couple years back, I never thought I would be doing this at all, let alone having made the progress we’ve made when it comes to partnerships and growing our team the way that we have.
I got where I am today by following the process and trying to keep smarter people around me so that I could continually learn. I have learned to maintain follow through, take good notes, and to try to give more than you get because it ends up coming back to you anyway.
This is really just the beginning of the journey when it comes to the brand. We really plan to take further ownership of being a company that teaches about credit to all ages. We want to be the first thing that people think of when it comes to teaching, simplifying, and understanding credit.
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
For breakfast at a diner, The Silver Skillet. For dinner and karaoke downtown, Metro is a great place. There is also a cool speakeasy called Red Phone booth. Entrepreneurs must also check out RICE (Russel Innovation Center for Entrepreneurs). It is pretty impressive.
The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
I am fortunate to have started Kiddie Kredit with a group of people that are smarter than me and people that I trust. I must give credit to those who have worked on this from the beginning like Mike, Matt, Natasha, Victor, John and Anika.
Twitter: @evanleaphart , @kiddiekredit