Musikfly: a platform for musical influencers to manage all their music submissions in one smart, simple feed.
PicPoc: a photo manager/viewer that runs on iOS. Its interface allows you to horizontally scroll through albums of photos, and PicPoc can view photos from your phone’s photo library or you can save photos to PicPoc to keep them secure. PicPoc’s best feature is the ability to lock/unlock your viewing to a single photo, or album of photos.
MGate: Our app allows users to simulate basic logic gate connections and outputs. Users can organize and/nand/nor/not or xor gates together to simulate basic digital logic. This would be a useful tool for teaching and learning about logic gates.
JamWalkr: a social music-listening and sharing app, designed to let users decide not only what kind of music they love, but WHERE it is loved
LightStop: an app that simply does one task really well: Displays current scheduling information for the light rail
Orpheus: is a digital DJ/Jukebox streaming music service for restaurants, bars, coffeeshops, and house parties. It uses social media and machine learning to play music that is revelant to guest and patrons.
I want to thank you for coming to the first event at Google! It was a very successful and awesome event!
Congratulation to MGate for producing the best app of the night! $100 Amazon Gift Card is deservedly your!!!
Mobile App Challenge: The community event on Friday, April 12th at The HUB Boulder is fast-approaching. The total cash prize is $2000 sponsored by SAP!!!
The event will open to the public. The team will be provided a specific spot where they are expected to give a quick demo to the community members and the judges. After that, the community members and the judges will vote for the best teams. We are going to combine their score to determine the final result.
The ticket will be available soon and they are FREE!!!
1) The first event is on Friday, March 15th at 5:00PM at Google Boulder Campus. Google will provide FREE food and drink!
The teams will have 5 minutes to present their ideas and demo their application in front of the judges plus 5 minutes for Q&A session. The judges will mainly give the team feedback on their business idea and the application.
The team will have approximately a month to continue furnishing their application or adding extra features based on the feedback from the judges.
2) The team can then advance into the second community event (Boulder Beta + The Voice style) on April 12th at 5:00PM. Location is to be determined. This event will open to the public. The team will be provided a specific spot where they are expected to give a quick demo to the community members and judges. After that, the community members and judges will have a chance to vote for the best teams. We are going to combine their score to determine the final result.
Startups2Students is a collaboration between the University of Colorado and the Boulder/Denver early stage entrepreneurial community. The goal is to introduce students interested in summer programming internships or jobs with early stage companies in the Boulder/Denver area to these companies, as well as to introduce the students to people who have chosen a career and life path of entrepreneurship.
After the success of the last four events, CSUAC (the Computer Science Undergraduate Advisory Committee) at CU will be hosting another event on Feb 5th, 2013. This free event is open to graduate and undergraduate students attending CU. Food and refreshments will be provided…it’s chill and casual.
MakeItHappen v2.0 - Mine your social network follow-up
1) Thanks for coming to the workshop on Tuesday. We hope you have gotten your feet “wet” with Eclipse IDE and data from Twitter through Gnip API. Many thanks to Nick Matheson, David Vollmar and Greg Greenstreet. You can contact them at:
2) We really appreciate all feedbacks about the workshop. Please go to this link to fill out a short survey. Your feedback will help us improve the workshop and organize it the way you want it to be. It won’t take long, promise.
Marc Chipouras is a Data Analytics Engineer at Rally Software, a Boulder company developing SaaS applications to help organizations develop software through Agile and Lean practices. His work focuses on designing systems to collect and analyze operational metrics and turning those in to valuable business insights. Using traditional data warehouses as well as key-value stores, Marc provides interactive access and data exploration across the organization. Prior to Rally, he founded startups in the online learning and interactive marketing spaces.
Greg is a 20+ year veteran of software engineering, directing scientific and commercial applications across aerospace, telecommunications, storage, and most recently, in social media. In the last ten years, Greg has built and directed engineering teams in Boulder’s startup community. Greg helped found and served as CTO at Collective Intellect, a social media analytics firm, which was recently purchased by Oracle. He is currently VP of Engineering at Gnip, supplying the firehose of social media data from publishers such as Twitter, WordPress, Tumblr, and Disqus to 90% of the Fortune 500. Greg holds both a B.S. and M.S. in Computer Science & Engineering with thesis work in parallel processing. He is a proud alumni of CU’s Computer Science program.
Trent R. Hein is co-founder and CEO of AppliedTrust, Inc., an IT consulting services company that specializes in infrastructure, security, and opensource. A Boettcher Scholar, Trent holds a B.S. in Computer Science from the University of Colorado at Boulder. Trent served on the Board of Directors of the Humane Society of Boulder Valley for seven years, and held the office of President for the 2004-2005 term. Trent is always an avid promoter of the outdoor lifestyle and loves to hike, ski, fly fish, and camp. When he’s not outdoors or in front of a keyboard, he also enjoys cooking, wine, bluegrass, and hobby electronics/home automation projects.
Dan Lynn is the CTO & Co-Founder of FullContact, a Denver-based TechStars graduate that is trying to solve the world’s contact information problem. He spends most of his time up to his elbows in big data analytics and learning systems, but also plays in a metal band for fun. He can be found on twitter @danklynn, or on his blog at danlynn.com.
Mike Barinek is Director of Engineering at Pivotal Labs, a leader in highly disciplined agile software development practices. Mike manages the company’s Midwest-based clients and leads a team of developers in Pivotal’s Boulder, CO office. As founder of the Boulder team, Mike built the local consulting business from the ground up, achieving 50% year over year growth annually since the office opened in early 2010.
Mike brings deep expertise in Java, Ruby on Rails, and location based services to Pivotal’s clients, as well as a passion for working with entrepreneurs. Under his leadership, the Pivotal Boulder team has developed large scale enterprise applications as well as consumer web and mobile apps for a number of clients including Best Buy, Groupon, Portico, MapQuest and Gnip.
Prior to joining Pivotal Mike worked as a developer and led engineering teams at the US Environmental Protection Agency, Lucent Technologies and numerous startups. Mike began his career writing software for geologists.
He is currently working out of Boulder, has worked for Pivotal in San Francisco, and will soon be venturing to London to assist in building the next international Pivotal office.
Previous to Pivotal, Jeff attended the University of Colorado - Boulder, receiving a B.S. in Computer Science and Finance, a minor in Economics, and a certificate in Quantitate Finance. While in school, he participated in research working for Project EPIC (Computer Science, Palen), the Human Behavior Project (Leeds, Larsen), and defending a senior thesis under the advisement of Ken Anderson.
A new job-posting website at the University of Colorado will open more doors for unemployed Buff by helping students nab positions at local and national startup companies.
CU junior Fletcher Richman, president of student group Active Entrepreneurs, is working with the Computer Science Undergraduate Advisory Committee to createstartups2students.com, a site for that will include information about startup companies’ vacant jobs.
Fletcher said the idea was sparked when he read “Startup Communities,” a book authored by Boulder venture capitalist Brad Feld.
"Part of the book talked about how one of the most important things a university can do for its local startups is be a feeder and provide employees," Richman said. "I realized that’s (CU’s) main service to the community, but that doesn’t mean we’re doing a good job of it."
The students said they hope the resource will assist Buffs in find employment at unique companies, thus helping startups find fresh and creative employees.
Richman and four other students — including Danny Tran, Chris McClaskey, Adam Sunshine and Komran Rashidov — are using winter break to develop the site, which Richman described as “basic and nothing fancy.”
CU’s Career Services office also offers a job postings site for students, which lists openings from across various industries, including some startups.
Jon Schlesinger, assistant director for Career Counseling at CU, said as of Wednesday there were 27 jobs posted by employers described as “entrepreneurs,” and there have been more than 300 in the same category posted over the last several years.
More than 30 companies have already contacted the students about posting onstartups2students.com, Richman said, and most of them have at least five positions to fill. Richman said this gives the website hundreds of postings before it even launches.
Lisa Severy, director of Career Services, said the office is supportive of all efforts that help Buffs find employment.
"We have the philosophy that any and all options for employment are great and should be explored," Severy said. "Career Services can’t be the end-all and be-all for everyone, so we welcome innovative and created new options."
Richman said the site’s premature success is mostly due to Feld, who posted about the upcoming site on his blog (feld.com).
"He is really influential — not just in Boulder’s startup community, but across the nation," Richman said. "He posted our survey that we’re doing to get it going and I think most of our interest has come from that and a couple of other blog posts."
The site is expected to launch in late January, Fletcher said, just before CU’s fifth annual Startups 2 Students career fair, which gives students a chance to become acquainted with local companies.
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Technical Partner Needed: Abroad Insiders - The Only Travel Website For Students By Students
Who I Am: My name is Jon Saft and I graduated from Vanderbilt in May and moved out to Boulder for a job in digital marketing with Finish Line about two months ago. As part of my job, I work as part of a team that manages all parts of digital marketing, including paid search, Google Analytics, Omniture SiteCatalyst, e-mail marketing, affiliate programs, and social media strategy.
What is Abroad Insiders: It is my hope and expectation that Abroad Insiders will one day change the way students and young adults travel abroad. The site combines guides and reviews with a social aspect that cannot be found anywhere else. The guides, which have already been written, answer any question someone may have before or during an abroad experience. They offer a comprehensive preview of day-to-day life in a new city, along with reviews of the best restaurants, bars, clubs, sights, activities, and miscellaneous information. All of this is written for students, by students, in a language that appeals to students. The social aspect allows students to plan trips to cities across the world after reading these guides and reviews, notify their friends of these plans, then book flights, hotels/hostels, and entertainment directly from the site. These bookings will be facilitated by our affiliate, Bookings.com, which is a European offshoot of Priceline.com and offers 50% commission.
Market/Monetization: How big is the study abroad market?
1990: 81,236 Americans studying abroad
The best part: We know exactly who they are, where they are, and how to reach them.
We will make monetize the site in two ways, possibly three.
1. Advertising: Having such a clearly defined target market means we are a huge asset to an advertiser. Tour groups, luggage companies, trip insurance companies, etc.
2. Affiliate Status: We will sell flights, hotels, and entertainment packages directly from the site, receiving commission on everything we sell, but taking on no inventory costs or over head.
3. Freemium Subscriptions: Something I am still playing around with. The system would entail allowing users to see some of the content for free, then asking for a small subscription fee (less than $5) to have unlimited, “premium” access.
Where I Am Now: All content and the marketing plan has been completed. I put together a basic website structure, but it’s not operational. The guides and social component are not there, and the design/layout is not what I am looking for in the finished product. The purpose of this site is simply to show you what I am talking about as opposed to telling you. http://jsafty.wix.com/abroad-insiders#!Home/mainPage
What Do I Need: I am looking for a technical partner. I have the marketing and business side covered, but I need someone to handle the programming and development side. As young entrepreneurs targeting students and young adults, we are in the unique position of being a part of the target market we are going after, which will allow us to stay relevant and in touch with the needs and preferences of our market. I am not asking for a huge commitment. All I need is someone to help me create a minimally viable product, a site that offers guides and reviews of just three cities (Barcelona, Prague, Florence). After that is finished, we will continue to expand to new cities and see where it takes us.
What I’m Offering: Equity for the MVP, which will be negotiated after completion.
If you are interested in joining an exciting new project, helping people make the most of their times abroad, and making a lot of money in the process, my contact information is listed below. If you want to learn more or have any questions, don’t hesitate to reach out. Looking forward to hearing from you.