LDS Man Sells App Company for $54 Million

by | May 26, 2015

Famous Mormons

Garrett Gee is an unlikely technology entrepreneur.

After serving an LDS Church mission, Gee enrolled at BYU in 2011, eventually majoring in industrial design.

The Utah County native bought his first smartphone and was downloading apps that he felt might be useful. One app of particular interest to him was designed to scan and read UPC barcodes used to purchase virtually every retail product available.

“I downloaded a specific app, but it was quite ugly and I didn’t like it," said Gee, 26, "so I deleted it and tried to find a different one that would do barcode scanning the way I wanted it to."

As it happened, he was unable to find one to his liking, so he thought, “Maybe I should try to design a scanning app that is better … and faster.”

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