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App designer with Wilsonville ties wins global award


by: PHOTO COURTESY OF OVER - Aaron Marshall, whose parents live in Wilsonville, grew up on the Oregon coast before moving on to Louisville and now South Africa. His company, Over, is a rising force in the mobile app design world. Cape Town-based mobile app Over recently was named the winner of the U-Start Global Pitch Competition, held in March in Italy.

U-Start is an Italian investing firm and startup matching organization. It holds four international regional competitions each year in the never-ending search for the latest and greatest technology. Each of the winning teams from regional competitions advances to the U-Start Conference Training Week in Milan, Italy. This allows participants to show off their products in front of hundreds of investors and industry leaders.

Over and four other South African startups won places at this year’s Training Week following an African regional event.

Over is a mobile app that allows users to insert text and illustrations into photographs. It was designed by Aaron Marshall, an Oregon native, whose parents, Doug and Lisa, live in Wilsonville. Over has gained significant traction worldwide, having been downloaded more than 8 million times to date.

“It was an incredible experience. It felt a little surreal to be sharing our story with a group of influencers from all over the planet in a sophisticated, beautiful city,” said Aaron Marshall, CEO and designer at Over.

Marshall was profiled in the Spokesman in 2012 and recounted how growing up on the Oregon coast provided lessons in life that he later put to great use. After moving to Louisville and founding Over, Marshall hit the big time in 2012 with the app of the same name. Now, momentum behind that product continues to grow.

“The people behind U-start put on a great event,” Marshall said. “We made some connections that could be hugely beneficial to our mission. I’m feeling inspired, thinking bigger than ever and ready to get back to building. Our team recently doubled in size and we are hustling on some exciting new products.”

Over will now embark on the main prize: a global road show organized by U-Start, which has offices in South Africa, Brazil, Chile, Turkey, Italy, Russia and Mexico.

Web: madewithover.com.

By Josh Kulla
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