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Peachtree Ridge graduate develops app

Dougie Warstler, left, Tyler Droll, middle, and Brooks Buffington, right, have all worked on the Dicho app. (Special Photo)

Dougie Warstler, left, Tyler Droll, middle, and Brooks Buffington, right, have all worked on the Dicho app. (Special Photo)

For the last two and a half years, Peachtree Ridge graduate Tyler Droll has been developing an app on the iPhone, which was released in July.

The app, called Dicho (pronounced dy-ko), is a social medial app where users can post questions with two choices for followers to answer.

“It’s been doing well and has about 600 users now,” Droll said. “We’re growing each day and are about to release a cool update that will allow users to create groups. It helps for friends trying to make simple decision like where to go to eat.”

While intended for everyone, Droll sees most the users using the app for personal use as opposed to business use.

He added that he will be going on a college tour, presenting it to different student organizations.

“We want to fill them in on it, how they can use it and how fun it can be,” he said. “Businesses can also get great use out of it as it’s engaging to customers.”

And the best thing about the app — it’s free.

“We have no advertising,” Droll said. “We’re not making any money off of it right now. We’re just trying to make it grow and create a great user experience.”

Droll pointed to Instagram, which is completely free, and sold to Facebook in 2012 for $1 billion.

“Ideally, we want to grow it and maybe get some offers for it,” he said. “The main thing is I love what I’m doing and am not looking to sell the company.”

Love for technology is something he’s always had, and it wasn’t until recently when he decided to jump in with both feet.

“I went to Furman and majored in information technology and pre-med,” Droll said. “(Recently) I was supposed to start medical school at the University of South Carolina-Greenville. A week before I was supposed to go, I decided that’s not what I wanted to do. I had a scholarship, housing, everything. But it wasn’t for me. My heart just wasn’t into it.

“This app has done great and I wanted to pursue that. It was a tough decision, but one that had to be made.”

It was that decision that will continue to drive Droll through the rest of his life.

“I am more excited about doing this than I could have ever been in the medical field,” he said. “I’ve taken something and made it from nothing. It’s very fulfilling.”

For more information on the app, visit dichoapp.com.