Matthew Marchetti was among thousands of Houstonians motoring through the turbulent, murky stormwaters of Hurricane Harvey as the sun set on August 27th, 2017. He was sitting in a stranger’s dinky motorboat, attempting to rescue neighbors and shuttle them to safety. The problem was that he didn’t know where to look — neither did the police and fire departments.
“It was a big ol’ mess,” Marchetti says. As he disembarked to high ground, he phoned his friend Nate Larson, and said, “You know, we should develop a little website. Just for our neighborhood.” His idea was to create an application where a family in distress could quickly submit a call for help containing their location and information, which would instantly appear on a map. A…
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Author: Ryan Duffy
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