Hi. My name is Scott. I’m a father of 3 kids, ages 5, 7, and 24. The 24 year old is off and doing his own thing, but the 5 and 7 year olds are immensely curious about the world around them. They are into everything! They divide their time between playing outside, playing video games, and surfing the internet. And they click on anything and everything that catches their eye. I’m horrified when I catch them viewing content that the filter didn’t catch. A short list of these items are: Suicides filmed and displayed on YouTube, Fake news broadcasts of a Zombie epidemic, Soft Porn, and People getting run over by trains. Additionally, they’ve clicked on ads that have now downloaded 2 viruses into my computers – even though firewall protected – that the antivirus wouldn’t remove. Kids just don’t know what NOT to click on. My home page changes daily, the tool bars leap from bottom to top to the sides of the screen – and vary in content and provider almost daily. And I have random words hyperlinked to random products on random webpages that seriously disrupt my research.
All of this is very frustrating to say the least!
And THAT is why I’m starting a new company. I’m creating a cloud-based communications website that is simple enough for kids to use, safe enough for kids to spend all day on, but powerful enough to drive today’s business. There will be no advertising for kids to click on, and no hidden viruses to download. There will be no adult content pop-up windows. No suicides for them to watch as I will control and monitor the content they see. All this, and there will be no selling or sharing of their personal data. I will protect my kid’s identity from those who will try to gain their personal data.
My company and website will be named http://www.EpicHub.com, and we launch in October of 2012. Epic will be the tool my kids use to communicate with the world, and it will be free for them to use as much as they want. Parents will need to open a free account – and you’ll need to approve the friends they speak to, and the websites they can visit. Yet there will be free, highly unique, services there for parents as well – and your personal information is safe, just like you’re kid’s data is safe.
So – this blog is about my attempt to start a new cloud-based communications company. It’s a big opportunity. It’s also an immense uphill climb. You can read all about my activities here in my blog as I move toward my goal. And – truth be told – I don’t have all the answers yet. But I have education. I have a plan. And I am motivated. It’s time to make something great.