Status: Married with four children, ages 8 to 17
Your proudest moment: My proudest moment was to see one of my apps get picked up last year on “Saturday Night Live.”
Hot Factor: Led by Wayne Irving, Iconosys has developed some 700 apps in the past three years, many of which are ranked as the top app in their categories.
Wayne Irving vividly recalls how he got into the mobile safety apps field two years ago: “I was standing in the front yard thinking about getting back into the Internet business when my 15-year-old daughter brought me some paperwork to sign for her driver’s permit. It scared me, because my daughter is absolutely addicted to text messaging. She’s the text message queen. No way she could drive safely. ‘Someone ought to put out a safety app about this,’ I said to myself.”
Since then, his Iconosys app business, a mobile-device firm based in Laguna Niguel, has been “crazy great,” he says. Here’s just how crazy great: He’s now up to 700 apps, some of them for small businesses, but most focused on child safety. Many of his apps have been ranked No. 1 in their categories for multiple months.
Irving’s goal: 1,000 apps by the end of the year.
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OC METRO'S HOT 25 HONOREES FOR 2011
Steve McKee | George Kalogridis | J. Chris Walsh | Daisy Tran
Dr. Richard Afable | Oleema & Kalani Miller | John Krafcik
Sandy Segerstrom Daniels | Wayne Irving | Rachelle Cracchiolo
John Wayne Airport | Dr. Robert Bray | Chris Dingman | Ki Nam
Joseph Lewis III | Nancy Salzman | George Adams | Tilden Smith
Marc Masterson | Vahan Garboushian | Tim Vanderhook
Tricia Esser | Phillip Chang | Nancy Wilhelm | Brenda Shott
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