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The company and app, both named SCAN, was spearheaded by Gee, Ben Turley and Kirk Ouimet. Their No. 1 goal was to take the power of the internet and enable it in the real world using smart phones, Gee says. That’s how Scan was born.
Scan is an app that, once downloaded to a smart phone, can be used to scan barcodes or QR codes that will bring up more information for the user. The company also provides a QR code generator for people who want to create a personalized QR code for their personal or business website.
Gee says what makes his company’s app more unique than others is that the codes behind the app were built to allow for more expansion and the app was built to be simple, powerful and fast.
“Even though there were already a bunch of other QR code apps and websites in existence, none were quality enough to be the leader in the industry,” he says. “Even though we were young and naïve, we thought we could take over the [QR code] industry. We put out our first version of the Scan app and within three months we had a million downloads.”
After their initial success, Gee says investors from Silicon Valley began to reach out to them. Gee was busy balancing life as a college student and member of the BYU soccer team, but he made time to fly back and forth from Salt Lake to San Francisco more than 50 times in two months to attend investor meetings. The dedication paid off. About a year later in 2012, Scan had raised $1.7 million in seed money from Google and other investors.
Scan’s main office is in Provo and its number of employees has grown from three to seven. In the near future, Gee says the technology behind Scan will take users to the next level.
“Traditionally, a user would scan a code and be taken to a website,” he says. “We’re now enabling people to scan a code to make a purchase. I used to be able to scan a movie poster and go to the movie trailer’s website, but soon, in one tap, I’ll be able to purchase tickets to that movie when I scan the poster.”
This technology is currently being used by beta users who are testing it for bugs, Gee says, but he expects it to be available to the general public before the end of the year.
Layton – SYNERGY HOMECARE announced the opening of a new location. The homecare provider will serve people in Davis, Weber, Morgan, Box Elder and Cache counties.
Clearfield – FUTURA INDUSTRIES purchased a distribution center from PROLOGIS. The distribution center is a 217,708-square-foot warehouse building constructed in 1979.
Ogden – AMERICA FIRST CREDIT UNION broke ground on a new full-service branch in downtown Ogden at 1979 S. Washington Blvd. R & O CONSTRUCTION has been contracted to build the branch.
Ogden – OGDEN CLINIC broke ground on its new OGDEN CLINIC PROFESSIONAL CENTER CAMPUS. The 41,000-square-foot medical campus is scheduled to open fall 2014.
Farmington – STATION PARK added two more retailers: GOLITE, a manufacturer of lightweight apparel and equipment, and ORANGE LEAF FROZEN YOGURT.
Ogden – VISTACARE HOSPICE, which has been active in Weber, Morgan, Davis and Box Elder counties for more than a decade, changed its name to GENTIVA HOSPICE.
Ogden – ARW ENGINEERS was ranked second by Structural Engineer magazine in its 2013 Best Structural Engineering Firm to Work For program.
Logan – CREWS broke ground on a new $22-million, six-story student housing development. It is expected to house 480 students and include a two-lane indoor bowling alley.
Centerville – INTERNATIONAL ARMORING CORP. celebrated its 20th anniversary. The company is located in Centerville, but began operations in Ogden in May 1993.
Goldenwest and USU Credit Unions to Merge
Logan and Ogden – GOLDENWEST CREDIT UNION and USU CHARTER CREDIT UNION announced their intent to merge their two Utah-based credit unions. The merger was approved by the National Credit Union Association and by USUCCU members in August. The credit unions plan to combine financial data on Oct. 1. The partnership will have a combined 26 branches, $985 million in assets, and more than 106,000 members.
“Goldenwest is the ideal strategic partner for us,” says David Butterfield, president and CEO of USUCCU. “Both credit unions are financially sound, our fields of membership are complementary to one another, and we share similar values for members, employees and the community.”
USU Credit Union will maintain its brand in Cache Valley and operate as a division of Goldenwest Credit Union.
“It is important we retain our identity as a credit union that serves the students, faculty, staff and alumni of UTAH STATE UNIVERSITY,” says Steve Carroll, chairman of USU Credit Union. “Our members have tremendous loyalty to the Utah State brand.”