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Rackspace Startup Program Spotlight On StudyOnBoard: Virtual Group Study Rooms

StudyOnBoard is a web platform for online group study rooms in which students and teachers can meet to study anytime and from anywhere for free.

StudyOnBoard co-founder Christopher Findeisen, a Texas A&M University student and entrepreneur, says difficulty meeting in person for group study sessions planted the seed for StudyOnBoard.

“As a freshman at Texas A&M, I lived off campus, and I struggled to meet and study with my peers,” he explains. “There was a contradiction – homework, reading and tests are often online, but studying still has to be done around a physical table. We formed StudyOnBoard to change this paradigm and open up virtual study rooms for students.

The StudyOnBoard mission is to improve the study habits and grades of students by providing them with 24×7 virtual study rooms, no matter where they are. And a component of this mission is to provide students with professional tutoring services over the Internet, a feature that the startup hopes to deliver soon. StudyOnBoard believes that everyone should have access to tutors and quality collaborative tools.

“We’re driven everyday by the students that do better in their class as a result of our software,” Findeisen says. “Making collaboration easier and more widely available is imperative to improve education. At StudyOnBoard we believe that changing the world always starts with improving education. We’re excited to connect more students and help them discover a more convenient study room.”

Through its partnership with Startup Aggieland, StudyOnBoard became a member of the Rackspace Startup Program, which assists university entrepreneurship programs globally. Startup Aggieland is one of the nation’s first student-designed and student-operated business accelerators to serve student startups. With support for collegian entrepreneurs like Findeisen, the Rackspace Startup Program provides a number of benefits for startups in university programs.

“Rackspace has always been our first choice for hosting,” Findeisen says. “Their cloud servers allow our business to scale easily, and their technical support has really taken the complexity out of hosting. Discounted, virtually free, hosting significantly reduced our variable expenses, which allows us to spend that money on development and marketing. The ease of hosting helped us launch a beta version without hassle.”

That no-hassle hosting empowers StudyOnBoard to continue innovating and improving its platform, Findeisen says.

“We’re constantly making improvements on StudyOnBoard based on user feedback,” he says. “We’re also working on some exciting new features like document uploads which allows students to work over a pdf or document in real time within our online study rooms. We’ll definitely be making some waves in 2014. We’re expanding our marketing efforts into several other universities, so we’re excited to open the door to more cross-campus collaboration.”

The Rackspace Startup Program assisted StudyOnBoard in the development and launch of its online platform for group study. Drop the Startup Team a note and let us know if you need any help building your startup.

About the Author

This is a post written and contributed by John McKenna.

John McKenna loves startups and is a Space Cowboy with the Rackspace Startup Program. He also crafts customer stories and produces really cool videos for the Customer Reference Program. John enjoys telling stories through his writings…and loves the beach, the ranch, his dog Blue and most of all his three beautiful daughters.


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