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Exploring Life & Business with Ziarekenya Smith Founder of Inpathy

Today we’d like to introduce you to Ziarekenya Smith.

Alright, so thank you so much for sharing your story and insight with our readers. To kick things off, can you tell us a bit about how you got started?
Well, five years ago, after graduating college at Full Sail University, “The Harvard of creative schools,” that’s when the self-discovery journey begins. I already knew my peers’ paths after graduation wasn’t for me; I saw myself doing so much more. But at the time, I didn’t know what that more was or where to find it. I just knew it wasn’t the path my peers were taking. I have a quote I always say “You may not know what you want in life, and that’s okay, as long as you know what you don’t want, I believe that’s a good place to start.” I say that because it’s only a process of elimination from there till you find your way.

During my journey of discovering my path in life, I hit a dark period when I was down on my luck, and there was no empathy. I wanted to express this on social media, but I stopped myself because modern social media is usually where you only share the good times. So, I quickly ask myself, why? Because life is a series of peaks and valleys, that’s how we’re able to empathize with one another as humans.

From that point, I saw a problem. I knew things needed to change because we are the most connected generation in history, so why not be immersed on every level on social media?

That’s when Inpathy was born.

The goal for Inpathy was to connect people on all fronts emotionally on social media and create a more transparent, balanced, enjoyable, and human-centered space representing the real human experience.

Alright, so let’s dig a little deeper into the story – has it been an easy path overall, and if not, what were the challenges you’ve had to overcome?
Well, the average App costs 100K to develop. The price of Inpathy cost around 700K to create by a top app development agency in NYC. I manage to knock off a three-fourths of the price with my funds and resources and a lot, and a lot, of sweat equity. Still, I need to raise a quarter-million to hire well-needed help to finish the quarter of development remaining for Inpathy on iPhone. After that, Inpathy will be available for free and Ad-free with the option to immerse your experience more with our subscription service.

I humbly realized my talents, skills, and abilities weren’t enough. I can’t keep doing this alone—the price of admission to get into the tech field and, to be more specific, the social network space is not feasible alone. It will take a village to build this vision. We believe that raising capital on our own through crowdfunding will be our best option at the start. Raising money on our own ensures Inpathy vision is not compromised and remains a freemium service with no ads or microtransactions.

You can support Inpathy and help us complete our vision by going to our website, and support our crowd fundraiser by clicking support. If you give 25$ or more, you will receive an exclusive invite to Inpathy beta when we launch.

Appreciate you sharing that. What should we know about Inpathy?
At Inpathy, we plan to revolutionize how we use the social network by creating a new era of social media that inspires transparency, normalizes moods, and recreates the human experience.

What makes Inpathy different, it’s the real human experience. It’s not just a highlight reel of the good times. At Inpathy, people will be able to share anything, whether it’s good, bad, or random, via video or audio. That’s what helps Inpathy be relatable because people would be able to inpathize with the range of stories shared. We also immerse the experience more by making everything transparent because we believe that’s the key to normalizing moods to show people we are all in this together.

If we have to say, what we’re most proud about our brand is showing people it’s okay to be okay, and it’s okay not to be okay. It’s all a part of the human experience. Because we live in a world today where we have these societal peer pressures, everything needs to be perfect, and we need to stay upbeat at all times, or else something must be wrong with us. But that’s not reality, and we are not robots. We are human beings and filled with a colorful emotional scale that ranges from happy to sad. That’s the essence of being human. That’s what the Inpathy brand and app represent.

People may be thinking Inpathy sounds like a mental health app. It’s not. It’s a human app that embodies the human experience.

Are there any important lessons you’ve learned that you can share with us?
Faith! You get to a point in life, business, or whatever—your skills, talent, knowledge, and people, just not enough. And everything that can go wrong will go wrong. So you will need to rely on something bigger than yourself. For me, it’s Jesus Christ, my Lord, and Savior. For anyone else, it can be something else. But make sure it’s more significant than you.

Because life hits hard, we all need that extra cushion when we get knocked down because sometimes people are not enough, and people can and will fail you. But, you will need something more significant, especially when you go after your dreams. Because, at that point, all you have is some form of faith. You will need to apply pressure on that Faith to succeed.

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