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January 15, 2016

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When technology doesn’t keep up with the times, that’s when someone steps up to make a change. That’s how Jeremiah Patterson, from Patrick Air Force Base in Florida felt.

“The standard projectors were so far behind the times,” says Mary Wolff, taptl co-partner with Jeremiah. “They weren’t interactive and not up to par with 21st-century technology.”

With the desire to improve the standard LCD screen, making it semitransparent and interactive, Jeremiah founded taptl in 2012. Balancing his military work in the Air Force by day then coming home to his family, Jeremiah build his first prototype in his living room during his spare time.

Mary joined the team after meeting Jeremiah at a networking event.

“I became hooked when he told me he was building a ‘see-through touch screen’.” She fell in love with the technology and quit her work as an attorney to dedicate her time to taptl.

Mary brought knowledge and connections to the team, but their forward progression was stalled by several obstacles.

“A partner stole from our company then created a competing company. We continually ran out of money, we miscalculated production time and lost a big client and a high-profile client threatened to sue us,” Mary says. “The financial outlook and growth is now at an all-time high and the hurdles were only a minor setback.”

The taptl team had days they were so low they didn’t want to wake up or check emails. Following their work with Prosper Women Entrepreneurs and receiving an Arch Grant, the team relocated to St. Louis, which Mary explains as the best thing to happen for them.

For entrepreneurs at any level of the process, Mary advises startups to educate yourself on every process necessary to build a business. “Startups are forced to move fast to stay competitive and relevant. Learn from those that know it, live it and have experienced it. That’s where you’ll learn the most.”

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Post provided by Kris Edens, a copywriting and blogging resource for small business. She resides in Festus, Missouri and enjoys networking, writing and the entrepreneurial community.

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