Carlos Portis, Founder // Texted
Founder // Texted, Inc,
- From Denver, Colorado
- Lives in Dayton, Ohio
- Married to amazing wife, Tia
- Father to Evon and Mia
Favorite Dayton Landmark
I’m someone with deep Ohio roots even though I haven’t lived here the majority of my life. My parents were born and raised in Cleveland and my father joined the Air Force after attending Ohio State University. I was born in Denver, CO, but I’ve lived in quite a few different places including Las Vegas, NV and Okinawa, Japan before finally landing in Dayton, OH my junior year in high school. I’m blessed to be a father to my son, Evon, and daughter, Mia, and I’m most blessed to be married to my amazing wife, Tia, who puts up with all of my dreams and ambitions.
I came up with the idea to start Texted Cards in the fall of 2016. Being a web designer at the time, I had been learning more about technology revolving around SMS (Short Message Service) for a project at my job. While digging deeper into the capabilities that existed with SMS technology, I kept having ideas of various products & services that I felt could be better provided via SMS. I essentially see the mobile number as people’s mobile address. With that, there are certain things I believe are better delivered digitally via a text versus sending a physical piece standard mail or email.
Greeting Cards were one of the first areas that came to mind when I was formulating the business in mind. It’s a perfect item to receive digitally, via a text, rather delivered an inundated email inbox and much more convenient to for the sender. Being thoughtful shouldn’t have to be inconvenient. There were plenty of times I personally found myself wanting to do something thoughtful for someone, whether it be their birthday or some other special occasion, but never actually made my way to get them a card (for whatever the reason). It was often a last minute thought to get something meaningful.
I couldn’t think of anything that felt as convenient and meaningful (not hokey) as receiving a physical greeting card. So, I created something that embraces the viewing experience of a phone display, could be sent instantly or scheduled and could include a gift card to recipient’s favorite brand.