Our new business concept was formed within the last 6 months, have invested good money in a website and have started seeing people about our service that we are offering. Our start up is essentially a free service involving the school going community, dealing with the supply of second hand school items on-line. We seem to have hit a nerve here especially with regards to text books, in these tougher economic times where families are struggling to provide the bare essential for education, schools are being asked to provide a facility of sorts to deal with this problem. We are now taking this problem off their hands.
We have been out into the school community now and are on the edge of a huge project and have had a far better reception to our idea and alot quicker than we had anticipated.
We are looking to talk to someone that has good project management skills, that could advise us on how not to loose sight of return on investment . We need to talk to someone that can give us some good input on our advertising opportunites that we can provide via our site. Thanks !
I'm the founder of Obami - a "social networking site" that's been built specifically for schools. It's a closed environment, where only registered schools can join the community.
Obami is not only an academically orientated site - it covers all aspects of school life... like sharing school news, keeping track of sports fixtures and exam timetables, assigning/submitting homework, uploading/sourcing study notes, discussing a video of the science experiment or from Saturday's rugby match, and so on. Basically, Obami provides a place for communication and collaboration to take place between and amongst pupils, teachers and parents.
The site is currently being integrated at a number of independent schools across South Africa. I’ve found that, while there is huge demand for this product, change management within some of the schools is a challenge... nothing a bit of blood, sweat and tears (and funding) won’t solve though, hey?!
All in all, it’s a very exciting time.
I am involved in a startup (probably) called The Borg Production Studios.
We are a couple of companies in related fields partnering with each other to be able to tackle larger film industry projects. We have skills in DI, Effects, Animatronics, Prosthetics, Grading, Conforming and many more. (www.cfx.co.za)
My company, Solutec (www.solutec.co.za) provides custom made workstations, servers and clusters to the film, graphics and scientific industries. Also other related fields of Audio and Illumination engineering.
I currently am selling my demo machine at a massive discount (less R100k) to be able to build the next generation machine. We have been doing composites with up to 16 layers of 4K on the current machine.
I'm currently in the process of moving a hobby web project into "start-up" mode. It has very unique challenges considering it is a mashup.
Tweekly.fm is a simple web service that pulls your last.fm music data and sends a weekly tweet listing your top 3 artists.
It has grown tremendously fast, and I can't contain the growth anymore.
I'm a full-time student, so after my exams, I'm going to be using the holiday to move Tweekly.fm onto a new server that can handle the traffic, optimise the code, get advertisters on board, etc.
It is going to be an interesting learning experience. Going to have to do research on which direction I'll have to take it.