Entrepreneur Makes $140,000 from Hospital Bed

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Chad Mureta, a 28-year old entrepreneur, who once owned a real estate company and media company, found himself emotionally and physically trapped after getting into a devastating car accident in January. While Mureta never considered himself to be tech-savvy, it turned out to be the booming iPhone app market that gave him the motivation to pursue an entirely new industry from his hospital bed. During the holiday season, Mureta is grateful for the success of "Fingerprint Security – Pro," from which he built his new app business, Empire Apps.

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Chad Mureta, CEO and founder of EmpireApps, anticipates the holiday season with mixed emotions. Not even a year ago, a devastating car accident left him with little hope or motivation to pick up the pieces of his life.

"I was driving home on the interstate when a deer ran out in front of me. After hitting the deer, my vehicle smashed into the median where I flipped over 4 times before coming to a stop. After gaining consciousness, I realized my shoulder and left arm were seriously injured. After weeks in the hospital, I underwent a groundbreaking surgery that entailed a foot of titanium and 15 screws in hopes for my arm to work once again."

Luckily, a close friend visiting Mureta in the hospital suggested that he look into the iPhone app market, an industry about which Mureta knew very little. Thanks to Mureta’s business sense, he was able to apply himself to a new business endeavor. From his hospital bed, he conceptualized the idea for his first app, Fingerprint Security - Pro, which became a huge success on the iTunes App Store. About two months after developing the app, it climbed the ranks of the iTunes Store and reached the Top Ten Entertainment category, where it stayed for months. It now has over 200,000 downloads worldwide, and has made over $140,000 since its May 2009 debut on the app store.

“I bought an iPhone the night before my accident, and didn't have time to input all of my contacts. I was four hours away from anyone I knew and my iPhone was the only thing that wasn't destroyed in the accident. I was able to locate a friend's phone number using Google search to tell them what had happened. The iPhone was a resourceful tool and a life line,” he says. Mureta then realized how successful the iPhone would prove to be. When brainstorming apps to develop, Mureta first thought of one to protect his iPhone from theft with a Fingerprint Security application. He soon figured out it couldn’t be done, but didn’t give up there. He thought if done properly, it could be a very successful entertainment app. His assumption was right on, and it climbed the app store charts in the first week. At the lowest point in my life, Fingerprint Security - Pro was born on a Hail Mary,” says Mureta.

The success of Fingerprint Security- Pro inspired Mureta to continue pursuing the app industry. “I am not a tech guy, but I have always been an entrepreneur looking for opportunities. It was great timing because it got my mind off all the pain and frustration,” he says.

Even in a recession, Empire Apps has experienced growth and development. The company focuses on developing entertainment based apps and is now looking into games. With the one year anniversary of Mureta’s accident approaching, he urges those who find themselves in despair and tragedy to take his example and keep looking for inspiration and encouragement, wherever it may come from and wherever it leads them.

To find out more about Empire Apps, visit: http://www.empireapps.com

Click here To purchase Fingerprint Security- Pro

To find out more about Chad Mureta’s story, please contact:

Linda Robinson
Public Relations
Empire Apps


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