Growing up in Cache Valley, Utah, Chase Roper was never one to limit his dreams to what was only available in his small town. He envisioned big things for himself and always persevered to give his all in everything. Despite encountering failure along the way, Chase turned his disappointments into motivations and emerged stronger than ever.
Chase Roper was always the kid who is always up for an adventure. He signed up for as many sports as he could and shared that his mind was always filled with fresh ideas. Chase wanted to grow beyond the bubble set by his environment, seeing possibilities where others only saw a plain field.
“I was always the one to jump off the cliff into the water first or do something my parents would consider ‘stupid,’” Chase jokingly shared.
After graduating high school, Chase Roper went on a service mission to Atlanta, Georgia, giving him a first taste of the world outside of Cache Valley. During that time, he would jot down every idea he had in a notebook, filtering through which ones could make an impact and which ones did not have that much potential. But his thoughts remained just as notes for a while because he still pursued his pre-med degree at Utah State University.
“One morning, I woke up and said to myself, ‘What are you doing?!’ I would rather try and fail than live with the what-ifs of never trying at all,” shared Chase. “That day, I told my surrounding family and friends I was going for it. I worked four jobs, found a graphic designer, built a team, and it all started gaining traction.”
Chase Roper felt like he struck gold when he developed a platform called Prodigy, where artists could showcase their music on this new social media avenue and simultaneously connect with a global community of music lovers. The platform aimed to provide hard-working talents with an opportunity to gain traction across the globe by giving them a voice. Prodigy was an international success, earning more users every day.
Eventually, Chase Roper wanted to take things further and wanted to open Prodigy Records. But as they were in the middle of building the foundations for the company, Chase found out that another company was also in the works of opening its doors. The other company had significantly larger funding, leading Chase to decide to halt the establishment of Prodigy Records altogether.
“Completely distraught, I flew home the next day having to fight to try to put a nail in this company’s coffin with my legal team doing everything in their power. Software is tricky, and they simply had so much starting capital. It was insane. While I fought for the next year, I went back to pre-med and let things settle,’ said Chase.
The turn of events made Chase Roper feel that he was a failure. A year later, the entrepreneur received a call from Halston van der Sluys, who worked with Chase and built Prodigy with him. Halston said he had been watching Chase’s progress and would love to have him become the director of growth at Komyt.io. Komyt.io is the first cloud-based post-production software team and storage that makes it possible to create digital solutions remotely and efficiently.
After hitting rock bottom, Chase Roper never imagined he would stumble upon another opportunity that would allow him to foster his love for entrepreneurship freely. He’s more excited than ever to be part of an executive team that brings post-production collaboration tools efficiently. Komyt.io envisions revolutionizing the global film industry, and Chase is beyond thrilled to take part in the making of history.
“I’ve learned through lots of hard lessons that you are either growing, or you are simply hurting yourself in the direction of where you want to go. There is no grey area. You might think life isn’t fair; there is a brick wall too big In front of you,” explained Chase. “But I promise you this one thing. If you are consistently giving 100 percent effort to move forward, even though you feel stagnant, you will move forward. You don’t get to choose the timing—you just get to choose your effort.”