A Lenexa businessman recently launched a platform that helps people who have lost or broken their cellphones to recover important contact information that was lost.
Launched in August 2019, MyPhone911 is a personal, virtual emergency dashboard in the cloud that protects and stores emergency data. The program is designed to be the solution when a person’s cellphone is not available.
Mark J. Tomasic’s professional background is in operational compliance, anti-money laundering, fraud prevention and risk management. But after he was stranded in a rainstorm out of town with a broken phone, he decided to establish his own business that could help others in similar jams.
“I just went in order just off the top of my head, like 10 things came into my mind that I couldn’t do,” Tomasic said. “I didn’t know any of my kids’ phone numbers. None of them. And I didn’t know any of my coworkers’ phone numbers. I didn’t know the hotel phone number, directions to the hotel. It didn’t come to this, but my boarding pass was on that phone too.
“I was lucky, there was a Sprint store that I could walk to, just dumb luck, but it took me five hours to get my phone back, a new phone that was working with my old contacts and everything. And one of the reasons it took that long is because I didn’t know my Apple ID.”
MyPhone911 allows users to message important contacts such as loved ones to let them know they are safe in less than one minute. The program also provides a printable list of key phone numbers of people who can help, such as family, friends, insurance agents, doctors, the children’s daycare, pharmacy, bank and mechanic.
Users would need access to a computer or someone else’s phone to log in to their MyPhone911 accounts.
One key component of the platform is free access for children to the base version. He hopes access to the platform will help lost or abducted children get home safely. The homepage of the site also provides additional resources to address children’s safety and combat human trafficking.
“If they… can access the internet, then they can access MyPhone911 to message parents or obtain phone numbers,” Tomasic added. “That is why I have made MyPhone911 free for every child in America: For the chance that MyPhone911 could help a child get home safely.”
Tomasic pitched his idea in a tryout last month with the producers of the reality TV show Shark Tank. He’s asking for $200,000 for 20% from investors to help grow his business. He’s waiting to hear if he got a spot on the show.
“It’s a good business, it helps people,” Tomasic said. “Having them (the investors) would just be a blessing, but it’s not something that’s going to kill the business if I don’t get.”