Ryan Talbert

Parkway South High graduate Ryan Talbert created Herdmap, a free lifestyle application that helps people find the most popular places in their area using real-time Global Positioning System [GPS] markers. Talbert released the first version of his app in July. On Dec. 25, he celebrated the release of Herdmap 2.0, completely redesigned and chock-full of enhancements to make it easier than ever to use.

Talbert graduated from St. Louis Community College-Wildwood in 2014. He then transferred to Saint Louis University, where he earned his bachelor’s degree in business administration with an emphasis in entrepreneurship. While at SLU, he developed his idea for Herdmap.

“My professor challenged us to bring a list of 20 viable business opportunities to the next class,” Talbert said. “I took the assignment seriously, and from it, I came up with a business plan for what would eventually become Herdmap.”

To get started, Talbert contracted with a programmer to build the prototype. Following its release, he created a list of enhancements he wanted to make. After careful consideration, he chose to hire a new programmer to redesign the app from the ground up.

“Since starting Herdmap, I’ve been focused on building my business and making it better every day,” he said. “This experience has taught me an important lesson: there’s no perfect time to start a business. The perfect time is always now. And even if you think it can’t be done, there’s always someone, somewhere who can help you build it.”