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CWRU alumni and students' new website CorkShare ready to run on Nov. 2

Ruchi Asher

Issue date: 10/30/09 Section: News
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A mock-up of CWRU grad Tim Gasper's and current student Jim England's new website CorkShare. CWRU students can begin signing up for CorkShare accounts on Nov. 2.
A mock-up of CWRU grad Tim Gasper's and current student Jim England's new website CorkShare. CWRU students can begin signing up for CorkShare accounts on Nov. 2.

Case Western Reserve University prides itself on encouraging students to develop innovative ideas and apply creativity to their coursework. However, upon graduation, few of these students act upon the ideas developed throughout the course of their education, choosing instead to focus all their efforts into getting into graduate programs or finding entry-level employment in the workforce. Nevertheless, two CWRU students, Jim England and Tim Gasper, persisted with their idea for a new type of social media and launching their own start-up company.

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."
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