Our Products

The Leap.it product development team started with a simple idea...make search better. Over the last couple of years that simple idea has spawned a search app for mobile and Windows, and our recently released social search platform, Leap.it. For more about Leap.it products, see below.

Leap.it - a social search platform

Seeing is Believing

When comparing Leap.it to other search engines the difference is clear. Others are defined by advertising. The more pages a visitor sees, the more ad revenue the site generates. By contrast, Leap.it delivers large web page previews, relevant images, videos, news stories, local listings and real-time social conversations. All in one engaging, visual interface. If you are tired of page after page, with link after link, and want a more holistic and visual search experience, then we urge you to give Leap.it a try.


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Leap.it - a social search platform

Together We Find!

Leap.it social search platform allows you to collect search results into what we call a Perspective. Perspectives can be followed, contributed to, commented on and shared with colleagues, friends and family. The more relevant and socially influential your Perspective is, the more valuable it becomes to others when they are searching. Perspectives add a completely new, insightful dimension to search.




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Search, Designed for Mobile

The Leap.it Leap2 mobile app search results aren’t just a list of links. Leap2 app delivers instant, web previews, timely social posts, news, images and local search results all in a one app. Looking for something nearby? Just a tap of the local button focuses your search on your area with local listings, maps and driving directions.


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A New Way to Search on Windows 8

The Leap.it Leap2 app on Windows 8 is an exciting alternative to your usual search engine.

Features include:
  • Real-time search results from the internet and social media
  • Results relevant to location
  • Result alerts from the internet and social media
  • Track search alerts across any device
  • Share contextual search results with friends
  • See trending and related results

What They're Saying

"Leap.it clearly demonstrates that combining visual search with user-collaborated results provides a new way for users to find, sort and share information." Peter Levinson - WhiteSky, formerly of Yahoo! Search
"A new way of formatting and presenting search results." Michael Stacy - Silicon Prairie News
Adding context and making search results relevant to what people are talking about is great. Erica Ogg - Gigaom
"Unlike Google, Bing, Yahoo, or DuckDuckGo, which focus mostly on text-based initial search results, Leap2 is about giving you a visual guide. Sean Ludwig - VentureBeat

About Us

Leap.it is a Kansas City, KS based entrepreneurial venture supported by investors, advisors and partners. Our core team includes...

Mike Farmer
Mike Farmer
Founder, CEO & Nerd in Charge
Mike Farmer
Founder, CEO & Nerd in Charge
Mike has worked with new technology ventures at the senior manager level for CAP CO2, LLC (Wichita, KS), kozoru, inc. (Kansas City, MO), Aristotle International (San Francisco, CA), Etak-TeleAtlas (Menlo Park, CA), and Rand McNally Corporation (San Francisco, CA). Throughout his entrepreneurial career, Mike has co-founded four new ventures, raised over seven million dollars of early-stage capital, authored or co-authored 10 patents, and strategically led in the development of a 10 year $600 million dollar technology-based economic development initiative. This act created visionary initiatives including the Kansas Bioscience Authority (KBA), and the Kansas Angel Investor Tax credit.

Mike has an MBA from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute's Lally School of Technology and Management, achieving the W. Franklin Spafford Award of Highest Distinction for Academic Achievement. As a Robert Bozzone Fellow, Mike's graduate concentrations included: innovation strategy, new product development and technological entrepreneurship. Mike currently serves on the U.S. Senator Pat Roberts Science and Technology Advisory Board's, John O. Farmer Inc. Board of Directors, and Leap2, LLC.
Dan Carroll
Dan Carroll
Board Member with Chops
Dan Carroll
Board Member with Chops
Dan is the Senior Vice President of Digital at Icon International (Omnicom). Dan is also the founder and CEO of AdPredictive, an innovator in the field of "demand‐side" advertising platforms.

Dan has worked for Utne Reader magazine, the economic public policy think tank Growth and Justice and in labor organizing with SEIU. He currently serves as an adviser to on the board of AdPredictive,Leap2, Ice Mate and AgLocal.

Dan holds a B.A. in English and Urban Studies from St. Olaf and has completed some graduate work in business and design at Stanford University. Dan holds patents in digital media distribution and is a writer and speaker on the issues of privacy, media influence and recommendation.
Tyler VanWinkle
Tyler VanWinkle
Mission Control
Tyler VanWinkle
Mission Control
Tyler is virtually involved in every aspect of Leap2 product including feasibility, strategy, technical architecture, execution, and delivery, as well as managing the team and overall timelines and budget.

As a Director for Barkley one of the country's top independently owned ad agencies, Tyler won multiple awards including several addy's, a Cannes Bronze Lion, a Prizm, and several articles in communication arts.

Tyler spent several years working as a Product Manager with Mike Farmer on search technologies focused on Question / Answer systems deployed on a real-time platform.

As a Product Manager at Open Methods, Tyler created a GUI based development tool that allows users to create IVR applications using a graphing interface. Tyler has also been a test engineer and product manager for both Archer Technologies and Fidelity.
Jaime Bellmeyer
Jaime Bellmyer
Systems Savant
Jaime Bellmyer
Systems Savant
Jaime has been programming PC and web applications as a professional since 1998, and as a hobbyist since 1987 when, as a ten year old, he received his first personal computer.

He has garnered a wide range of experience with companies across the nation – from a promotional team for Scion on the west coast, to New York University in the east, and now as a full-time employee at Leap2. He is also a regular speaker at Kansas City's local Ruby group, and offers Ruby training for individuals and small groups in the area.

As Leap2's Chief Systems Architect, Jaime has been in charge of building a scalable, cloud-based API which supports the many versions of Leap2 - Android, iOS, Windows Mobile, and web browser. He also plays a role in the ongoing development of improved searchability for social platforms such as Twitter and Facebook, using artificial intelligence technologies to merge user feedback with data mining.
Andrew Lee
Andrew Lee
Applications Artisan
Andrew Lee
Applications Artisan
Andrew has over a decade of experience designing and implementing distributed, high availability systems and applications. Andrew leads teams and development efforts with lean and effective processes utilizing the most appropriate technologies and specializes in providing practical solutions for difficult problem domains.

The last decade has seen him design and develop multi-million dollar transactional e-commerce systems, globally available human resource systems, high traffic web sites and applications for leading national brands, big data processing and storage services, and real-time search clusters.

    In his current role at Leap2, Andrew:
  • Designs, implements and maintains real-time search cluster infrastructure and Leap2 platform infrastructure
  • Develops and implements search algorithms
  • Analyzes search and query data for patterns and insight
  • Provides strategic insight into platform development
  • Develops and maintains native iOS client
Mike Marley
Mike Marley
Mobile Master
Mike Marley
Mobile Master
Mike has been working in the software development and mobile application arena since the early days of Palm PDAs. Mike's recent work has been specializing in Android and iOS app design and development, along with research and data analysis around real-time search, relevancy and large data sets. Together with his role at Leap2 as Chief Android Architect, Mike also leads teams of developers in the creation of mobile apps and complex websites as the Head of Software Development at The Allen Group.

In addition to his work in the mobile industry, Mike has been involved in a wide range of both technology and finance work, ranging from low-level hardware chip design, to Intellectual Property licensing analysis and negotiations. Prior to joining Leap2, Mike was a consultant at both Navigant Consulting and Thinkfire Services, and a hardware / software engineer at Lucent Technologies.

Along with an MBA from the Mendoza College of Business at Notre Dame, Mike also holds a Masters in Computer Science from the University of Virginia and a Bachelors and a Masters in Electrical Engineering from Southern Methodist University.
Reza Heidari
Reza Heidari
Code Brewer
Reza Heidari
Code Brewer
Reza is a technologist with a "whatever it takes", can-do attitude. He thoroughly enjoys building applications and has proven himself able to pick up new technologies quickly and without fear. Reza graduated college from Kansas State University in 2004 with a degree in Computer Science. From there he went to work with Barkley, a Kansas City advertising agency. In his 9 years at Barkley, Reza worked his way up from Intern, to Software Engineer, to Technical Director. Reza worked on some of the largest clients in the agency including Sonic Drive-In, Dice.com and Lee Jeans, Reza has won multiple awards and his work has been featured in Communication Arts and the CA Annual.
Travis Williams
Travis Williams
Digital Old Fart
Travis Williams
Digital Old Fart
For the last two decades Travis has enjoyed working as an Art Director in a studio setting, a Creative Manager on the corporate side, a Digital Creative Director on the agency side and the owner of a successful creative studio. With his varied background, Travis can not only create the message and produce the content, but also work closely with the technical side to ensure that the creative maps appropriately with the features and functionality.

In 1995, Travis designed the first Website for Electronic Realty Associates and since has directed, designed and/or developed hundreds of interactive initiatives for brands such as: Blue Bunny Ice Cream, Build-A-Bear Workshop, CITGO Petroleum, deBeer Lacrosse, Dent Wizard, Earth's Best Baby Food, Electronic Realty Associates, Gait Lacrosse, Garden of Eatin', Komen Breast Cancer Foundation, Logan's Steakhouse, Mayflower, Missouri Lottery, Nestle' Purina Pet Care, Paramount Parks, Payless Shoe Source, Pratt, Railinc, Rawlings, Save-A-Lot, Sears Portrait Studios, Sprint Publishing & Advertising, Terra Chips, UMB Bank, United, Waddell & Reed, and Worth Sports.

At Leap2 Travis is responsible for all manner of creative needs. Whether it be mobile and web interface design or marketing and media creative direction.
Brittain Kovac
Brittain Kovac
Captain Navigation
Brittain Kovac
Captain Navigation
Brittain has spent the past 7 years leading experiential marketing teams across the country, representing more than 60 brands such as Nintendo, Nike Southwest Airlines, The Color Run, Ford, General Motors, Anheuser-Bush, 5-Hour Energy, and the Kansas City Royals to name a few.

With the launch of Google Fiber, Brittain decided to settle back home where she played an integral role in the products pre-launch and acted as a manager at the brand's interactive space. Since her time with Google Fiber, Brittain has become co-leader and Communications Pilot of the KC Startup Village, working closely with the Kauffman foundation and many civic and public leaders throughout the community.

With experiences in project management, media relations, guerrilla marketing, brand messaging, public speaking, product training, operations and programming, Brittain's wide skills-set has allowed her to wear many hats on the Leap2 team.
Thad Langford
Thad Langford
Backseat Driver
Thad Langford
Backseat Driver
Thad has a history of building transformative businesses within both Fortune 500 companies and early stage ventures. Most recently Thad served as the President & Chief Executive Officer of Zave Networks, an early stage technology venture dedicated to creating a service that closes the loop between online/mobile digital advertising and the sale of the product in brick and mortar retail stores. He redefined the go to market approach and grew the company to position Zave as the leading digital incentive platform provider. This led to Zave's acquisition by Google in 2011.

Prior to his position at Zave, Thad led several different businesses during his eight year tenure at Sprint in the areas of wireless data, wireless wholesale and local services. Among his accomplishments, he rapidly grew Sprint's wireless wholesale business unit which led the industry in the MVNO and M2M space. He also spearheaded business development efforts to forge partnerships in the wireless data space, culminating in industry-leading products and services in music, imaging, multimedia, gaming, location and content. In addition, he managed Sprint's Innovation program to identify and commercialize disruptive products/services in areas such as mobile commerce and founded Sprint Nextel Ventures to invest in game changing start-up companies.

Thad earned an MBA from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and a BSBA in Marketing from the University of Arizona.
Aaron McKee
Aaron McKee
Trail Guide
Aaron McKee
Trail Guide
Aaron is a veteran in the mobile industry, with senior level management roles with such companies as GroundTruth/Umber Systems, Motricity, InfoSpace, and Sprint. Currently, Aaron is responsible for managing Ground Truth's business relationships with mobile operators and other partners. Before this role at Motricity, Aaron served InfoSpace as director, partner development, where he was responsible for all facets of relationships and account development with mobile operator clients.

Before joining InfoSpace, Aaron spent six years in various roles at Sprint, most recently as senior manager, business development, where he developed strategies to deliver business-facing products and services globally, including Sprint's WLAN initiatives. He was also an integral part of the leadership team that led the strategy, development, launch and management of the first wireless Web service in North America, Sprint PCS Wireless Web, and the world's first commercial mobile search service via Sprint PCS Wireless Web partnership with Google.

Aaron earned an M.B.A. in International Management from the Thunderbird School of Global Management and a bachelor's degree from the University of Kansas.
Jack the Dawg
Jack
Jack
Jack the Dawg
Jack-Of-All-Trades
For his age (only 2), Jack the Dawg is one of the bigger members of the team. He's huge! But, he's really all puppy. Jack is responsible for the well-being of the whole team. He's great at cleaning up after meals, warming feet and even a little code sniffing if needed. What he really excels at is forcing us to take occasional "breaks".

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