Martini Rox: Will Lucas making noise while collecting the goodWritten by Martini Rox | | firstname.lastname@example.org
The city has been abuzz for the last few weeks about its native son Will Lucas, founder and CEO of Creadio and thankyouaga.in. Surviving a busy week of press flurry about his radio business and phone applications, he is living in the moment. But allow me to give you a bit of back story about Lucas’ experiences growing up in Toledo, the enrichment he received from its resources and how he gives back to his city.
So far, life’s journey has been interesting for the young man who embarked on a radio career at the tender age of 17. While he was in high school, he attended a Teen Summit where he met Charlie Mack, the program director of the then-new urban radio station in town, The Juice FM 107.3. After explaining his interest in the music industry, Lucas became an intern at the station and soon hit the airwaves, quickly dominating his time slot.
He later began professionally writing and producing music, but inside was a young entrepreneur who didn’t know exactly what he wanted to be; he just knew he “wanted to be great.” Today, a mature Lucas is focused and the world is about to take notice of how great he can be. He is known on the airwaves as King Keyser, a popular radio personality playing Hip-Hop and R&B weekdays from 7 p.m.-10 p.m. on Toledo’s Hot 97.3. He is the founder of Kings Academy, which holds an annual lock-in for young boys featuring professional male mentors who take the time to come out and encourage the youth in the program. The many hats worn by Will Lucas have helped fuel his entrepreneurial spirit and as a result he is inventing technology capable of impacting the world.
Let’s start with his business-based radio program Creadio, a radio service that offers radio programming tailored to companies, complete with advertisements exclusively for and/or from that company. Lucas has currently secured accounts with 100 McDonald’s across the country and all six Toledo-based Andersons stores.
Pushing his career beyond music is his creation of phone applications, or apps. Having no prior knowledge in application development, Lucas began educating himself by reading books while actively searching
for a developer. After months of searching and a disappointing lack of response, he found a developer through the power of networking. It could not have come sooner, as this crucial piece to his puzzle was discovered the day after he conceived his current project, thankyouaga.in. Imagine social media that is made up of good news only. The concept is like Twitter in function, but unlike Twitter it is exclusively reserved for the positive news in your life. The application is available through iPhone in Beta form and just recently became available for Droid phones.
Martini Rox: Describe thankyouaga.in and what do you want it to do for the world.
Will Lucas: Thankyouaga.in is the emotional connection of Facebook, the micro-blogging functionality of Twitter, along with the reward mechanism of Foursquare, all put in a big bucket of “thankyouaga.in is collecting the good.” Negative news is easy to find, but with thankyouaga.in it’s a super-long stream of constant flow of good news.
Martini Rox: What stage are you in with thankyouag.in and how can people get this application?
Will Lucas: The first step is to go to thankyouaga.in. It goes live to the public and it will be in the Apple app store and on Google’s app store on Nov. 15. Already looking to the future, Lucas will launch vinyu.com, a “check in” style phone application that will allow users to socially network with friends through locations they check into around the city. Will Lucas is a product of Toledo’s vast resources and actively gives back to his community.
He is featured in October’s issue of the business magazine Black Enterprise, on stands now.
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