Meet Connor Zamary, a 7-year-old iPhone app designer. Connor set out to develop an app called Toaster Pop
. He seems to be the youngest entrepreneur to engage in designing iOS apps.
Toaster Pop is a game which takes you through various levels of preparing toast. You spread butter, jam and various other items on your piece of toast. Your levels are timed, and you have the opportunity to go back and beat your score.
According to Connor’s father Craig, Connor took on all this work himself. He created Toaster Pop by setting up his own LLC and filling out the necessary paperwork to make it legal. Connor found a developer to write the app, created a PowerPoint, pitched his idea to investors, held conference calls, and was interviewed by CNET
There are still family rules, however, and Connor is not allowed to have his own email address. All his correspondence goes through his fathers account instead.
Toaster Pop is available in the App Store for $.99.
Okay, lets wake up. Many major news agencies are covering this story and they all are excited to share the news about a child showing entrepreneurship beyond a lemonade stand. No one, except the readers based on their comments, has wondered if this could all be bunk. There are a lot of details here that a 7-year-old, even a prodigy, would be challenged with.
If you’ve ever started a LLC, you know the details. There are Articles of Organization and Operating Agreements to write, business name availability searches, the registering of a business and the proper applications for licenses and permits based on your state.
Connor may have dreamed up the idea for this app, however, this potentially sounds like a father who recognizes that in a competitive app market, his son may be his best marketing tool.
It is great to see a kid inspired to be creative, but I just can't buy into the entire story. Hopefully this was a good father and son bonding experience, as I have a hard time believing Connor actually did all of this on his own.
And, why did Dad suddenly become all moral and not allow his son to have an email address? He let him spend hours, days and weeks in front of the computer with all these details, but then said: “Sorry Connor, you can’t have an email address.”
All this sounds just sounds a little fishy to me. What are your thoughts?