The internet was new when Adam Murphy was a high school student in the Central Cambria School District in 1998.
“The high school networked a few computers together, and I found the engineering and the way it all worked very interesting,” he said. “It was interesting that I could write an algorithm that does something on the screen.”
It was almost magical.
Today Murphy, 41, is the founder and president of Sourceree, a business intelligence software company headquartered at 656 Industrial Park Road, Ebensburg, not far from where he grew up.
“My dad worked for the local municipality and knew everyone in town, so I got to see everything that was going on, meet all the people who were around and ask a lot of questions about what they were doing and how they were doing it. were doing, “he said. noted.
As Murphy grew older, his curiosity helped him engage with people to solve problems.
“My favorite way of doing business and doing things is to develop a relationship to understand what a person really needs and where we can best come to help them,” he said.
He founded Sourceree in 2016. The name is a play on the words “source code” and “reuse”. The company reuses existing solutions that work to solve problems – “plus a little of our own magic” to help organizations solve problems.
Sourceree does high-level intelligence work for the US government. Murphy strives to take the products he has developed and market them to citizens and private businesses.
He entrusted Dan Parisi with the task of leading the marketing of these products.
As the former Somerset County Director of Entrepreneurship and Innovation, Parisi has worked with startups and helped established businesses innovate in the community.
For the past three years, he has worked in his own consulting firm, Parisi Strategic.
He described Murphy as more than humble.
“Humble isn’t even a good enough word for that,” he said.
“I think he’s usually the smartest person in the room, but he never acts that way. He makes you feel like you are the smartest person in the room.
When Parisi worked for Somerset County he was transparent and pointed out that businesses were not doing well, he said.
“I think it’s natural for entrepreneurs who are having some success to take this attitude where they stop taking advice,” Parisi said. “They take the position that” I run this thing and I own it. You work for me. It’s a real shame because that’s not how they got there.
Murphy avoided this pitfall, he said.
“He wants feedback from his employees on anything and everything,” Parisi said. “I think inclusion is really needed here.”
The mistakes that entrepreneurs are prone to make lead to staff problems, he said.
“So many companies in this area have a lot of sales, but the challenge is to build a cohesive team, with social capital and able to do this work,” said Parisi. “A lot of our companies say ‘There’s no one to hire, people don’t want to work’, and I’m not saying those complaints aren’t true, but software is also a very competitive industry, especially in Johnstown. . . “
Sourceree employs 60 people and has a presence in seven states, and the business continues to grow.
“You could probably argue that its industry is more competitive and even harder to find employees,” Parisi said. “So that really makes Sourceree stand out in this area – the high social capital that he’s built. “
After graduating from Pitt-Johnstown in 2002, Murphy worked for Concurrent Technologies Corp. for 11 years.
He left CTC for a job in Louisiana, offering financial reparations to small businesses that filed claims against BP for the 2010 oil spill. He didn’t like the job at all and left after four months, a he declared.
In the 2010s, Murphy received an MBA from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
Sourceree’s head office in Ebensburg operates as if it were located in a forward area like Boston or the San Francisco Bay Area, he said.
There is no 8 to 5 mindset where you have a to-do list.
“You come in and you have the ability to do the job the way it should be done,” he said. “And you are not questioned about every little thing you do. It is a cultural aspect that we try to disseminate.
“As a Cambria County software company, we recognize that there are a limited number of potential employees that we would bring from local universities, but at the end of the day, they will want to stay here. “
Murphy said he hopes his efforts will spill over into the area’s work on recreation and redevelopment to attract young people to Johnstown.
In addition to his commercial functions, Murphy sits on the board of directors of Johnstown Area Regional Industries, an economic development agency. Through his work on this council, he met with leaders of other regional economic development agencies, including Mike Tedesco of Vision Together 2025.
Since moving to Johnstown in February to serve as President and CEO of Vision Together 2025, Tedesco has met with many Johnstown business leaders.
Murphy made a strong impression.
“Adam Murphy is a metaphor for the future of Johnstown,” Tedesco said. “He’s young, hip, enterprising and determined to create systemic change. “