On the road: meet Cameron

ImageCameron is a sophomore at Ithaca High School and is part of Code Red Robotics.  What we really loved about Cameron is that he works so hard on various projects like you see in the picture above but he is not featuring his little widget in any way, shape or form.  Cameron expressed three problems to us:

  • Colleges will never see what he has created (from the nuts-and-bolts to its final stages)
  • Hard to organize and track projects, let alone the various stages of a project.
  • No mobile way to track projects. (he has an iPad and a smart phone)

Cameron was happy to hear that there was a quick and easy tool that was being created for students like him.  After some usability testing and some informal interview questions, Cameron signed up for our beta and will be an active participant in future testing sessions in one of our various cohorts trying out GradFly.

We are here to tell readers that there are so many students like Cameron out there who are brilliant and technically savvy.  Not just in robotics, but in biology, chemistry, engineering, math, etc.  GradFly will unite the nation’s brightest and most innovative brains in the country.

….And we can’t wait to do it. 🙂


Cross that bridge when you get to it


It seems like the theme for the last couple of weeks at HTRL has been keeping a good focus during the customer discovery process – and I can’t tell you how important that’s been for us.

After just a month of pitches and presentations, we’ve discovered we can’t do it all. Our markets comprise of high school students, college students, colleges, and high-tech companies.  It might not sound like a lot but when you have to create three separate canvases for each group….it gets complicated very fast.

Fortunately, our mentors have given us tremendous feedback about coming up with a plan to break our markets into phases.  The decision is ours to choose which is the market to go after first.   Since we’ve spent the last year getting to know high school/college students the most, we’ve made the decision to stick with them since we’ve interviewed hundreds of students in Western NY.  Since we are a multisided platform, the other side we’re going after are colleges that are willing to pay for top technical talent.  Phase 2 will include high-tech companies and the talent acquisition market.  There are various assumptions regarding this market but we’ll cross that bridge when we get to it.