According to Josh Whiton, the idea came to him as a student. "Here I was, sitting at a computer in my class… then I would leave my computer to stand outside and wait an indeterminate period of time for the bus." He realized there should be a system for checking the bus routes so that he could time his arrival at the bus stop with the actual arrival of the bus. And so was born the idea for Transloc, a Transit Visualization System (TVS) that displays real-time where your bus is along the route.
"It is difficult to narrow down the great things about being the CEO of a successful company that I started, but for me, it provides a growth opportunity that few other jobs could have provided."
Josh is always looking for new ideas and always has been. "For a long time, I've had the habit of keeping a list of ideas that could potentially become products or companies. And while in college, I started looking ahead to how I could support myself and give life to these ideas as well. The idea to track the campus bus system just made more and more sense as I researched. It helps students and involves technologies and skills that I, as a computer scientist, ought to be able to leverage."
Not one to believe that engineering is limited to electronics, Josh embraces the mindset that technology is the application of knowledge in practical ways. He is an active voice for ecological change. He has started a community garden in Raleigh, promoting self-sufficiency and personal responsibility.
"Just like I would prune out unnecessary code so that a program runs more efficiently and effectively, I also want to prune out wasteful habits in human life. I want to wield all technology: social, scientific, what have you. It's a mind-blowing, elegant solution to the world's problems. I want to effect change and I know I can."
Josh capitalizes on every minute of life. He has combined his awareness for the need for global changes and personal responsibility with his entrepreneurial spirit across multiple arenas technology, transportation, and ecology. He looks at the world around him, identifies opportunities for improvement, and finds a way to bring about change. And Josh challenges others to do the same and more.
"The adults in charge of the world right now, don't really know what is best for the world - even though we think we do. We need [young people] to not take our word for things… for how the world should look. Be as independent in your thinking as you can be… look at the challenges we face with fresh eyes and a new perspective and do whatever it takes!"