Chicago, IL (PRWEB) January 12, 2013
For those who approach game day by donning school colors in their clothes and face paint but wish their texts, email, Facebook and Twitter updates could display the same school pride, there is now an app for that.
TextPride Emoji, a unique mobile application from RevoApps LLC, offers more than 40 Division I-A college logos that can be sent to a variety of mobile platforms as emoticons. The app is now available through the Apple App Store or at TextPride.com.
TextPride provides a free emoticon from the school of the user’s choice upon initially downloading the program. It then allows the user to upgrade for access to multiple school logos for $1.99. A portion of each sale goes back to the school whose logo is chosen.
TextPride requires iOS 5.0 or later, and it is optimized for iPhone 5. It works with earlier versions of iPhone, iPod touch (v. 3 through 5) and iPad.
Evan Wray and Sean O’Brien, two recent University of Notre Dame graduates, developed TextPride while they were seniors at the South Bend, Indiana, school after they couldn’t find anything like it.
“We pursued TextPride Emoji because we wanted one,” O’Brien said. “We figured other college sports fans, especially Notre Dame fans like us, would like to have one, too, if only someone would create it and make it available.”
O’Brien and Wray enlisted an app developer and began to secure licensing agreements with their alma mater and other schools.
As a great idea hatched in March 2012 gave way in July to the reality of costs, TextPride needed an investor.
The angel investor the fledgling firm needed came in the form of Patrick A. Salvi, a Notre Dame Law School graduate, prominent Chicago personal lawyer with the law firm of Salvi, Schostok & Pritchard P.C. and sports franchise owner.
“I was immediately impressed with the product,” Salvi said. “I was equally impressed with Evan’s and Sean’s passion and vision for the product.”
Salvi’s backing allowed the company to relocate to Chicago, hire Notre Dame graduate Mike Murray as their new iOS developer and bring experienced business consultants and marketing support staff onboard.
Soon afterward, TextPride Emoji held its soft product launch at the University of Notre Dame, not far from the apartment where the idea was born.
O’Brien said the goal is to develop a “PridePack” (approximately 20 unique images) for every American university and college offering sports teams. Expansion into professional sports is also on the immediate horizon.
In the meantime, the TextPride website is tracking the 25 most downloaded schools, and offering a blog that will follow the progress of the company and its (sports) fans.
“Everyone loves sports, and college allegiances last a lifetime,” O’Brien said. “Of course, pro sports are huge, too, here and all over the world. TextPride Emoji presents limitless possibilities.”
About RevoApps LLC
RevoApps LLC is the company behind TextPride Emoji, a mobile application brought to life by University of Notre Dame graduates Evan Wray and Sean O’Brien, with headquarters in Chicago, Illinois. TextPride Emoji provides a platform for mobile users to show their team spirit through text messaging, Facebook, Twitter and email. For more information on RevoApps or TextPride, call (312) 372-1920, email firstname.lastname@example.org or use the company’s online contact form. You can also download the TextPride Emoji from the Apple App Store or by visiting TextPride.com.