CWRU alumni and students' new website CorkShare ready to run on Nov. 2
Issue date: 10/30/09 Section: News
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CorkShare began in the summer of 2008 when Tim Gasper, Devesh Menawat, and Jim England attended Startup Weekend Columbus, a unique opportunity for budding entrepreneurs to develop ideas, network, and begin putting ideas into action. On the drive from Cleveland to Columbus, the three students engendered the idea of creating a virtual corkboard with a group-oriented approach. The concept was well received at Startup Week Columbus, and inspired them to develop it further. Thus, CorkShare was born.
The concept behind CorkShare is simple, really: the website allows users to create forums for sharing content such as photos, videos, news stories, etc. The difference between CorkShare and other social media networks like Twitter and Facebook is that corkboard content can be restricted to certain groups. The concept has gained a lot of attention and performed well in a competitive setting. At the Queen's Entrepreneurship Competition, based out of Queen's University in Canada, the CorkShare team came in 16th among teams from all over the world. Now, the CWRU-based company is looking to launch their product to a wider audience, beginning with a CWRU-based launch on November 2nd.
"We wanted to try out the website on a larger scale," England states, "and the Case community is the perfect place to do this. There are so many clubs, student groups, team projects, and other places that our website can benefit, and since there are already groups of friends and co-workers it will be easier for everyone to comment on one another's content and work together."