Day 15, another new approach!

Week 3 started with some new goals. We have had some moderate success in our challange to target a very specific US market demographic, but now we are going to attempt to target them from another direction. This is really very challenging for a couple of tech heads, but we are up for it. It can sometimes feel like we are learning so much but not really getting anywhere, but we know that eventually it will all come together and we will fly into overdrive.

Feels a little like take off on an aircraft carrier… our engines are revving louder and louder and sometime soon we will just take off.

The TOP 9 Apps for College Students.

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So you have finally made it, you have figured out what to wear, who to hang out with, what classes to take etc. but perhaps most important of all is what apps to install on your smartphone! Don’t fret, we have come up the the ultimate list of the the very best Apps you need to get you through college. Why a list of 9, why not :)

CamScanner
You are late to class, do you tediously copy your friends notes or do you scan them with your phone! CamScanner lets you scan these documents and then tidies things up a bit. You can then share your scan via email or for a nominal fee you can even fax it if you need to. (Free for Android). https://www.camscanner.com/

Share Your Board
Fantastic app that gives you an alternative to taking notes in class. ShareYourBoard simply allows you to take a picture of any white board in sight—it helps to snag a good seat toward the front of class—and this app will adjust the white balance to give you a crystal-clear snapshot of that day’s lesson. Then it’s up to you to decipher your professor’s chicken-scratch. (Free for Android). https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.sphericbox.syb&hl=en

Closr
But if you do happen to be stuck at the back of the class why not get closer with Closr? With Closr all the images taken from your current location are shared with the immediate “Crowd” regardless of social connections. If you are at the back of the class Closr can show you the photo taken at the front of the class. Change the location on the map and see what is going on in other classrooms, the cafeteria or the even hottest Nightclub in town! Take a photo and contribute to the biggest photo album in the world. Way more than photo sharing. (Free on Android and coming soon on iPhone). http://www.closr.com

DrinkOwl
If you can’t find the hottest nightclub in town you could always stay in. DrinkOwl not only finds all the open liquor stores and bars nearby, it also lists the specials at each place. Perfect for cash-strapped college students in major metro areas. New Yorkers, may you never fork over a fortune for a JD and coke again. (Free for Android and iPhone). http://www.drinkowl.com/

Scoutmob
But what will you have to wash down your cheap booze? Pizza is the usual go to but if you can find better why not go for that? Scoutmob brings you the newest, most budget-friendly deals at plenty of nearby eateries. As soon as you walk into any eatery, your GPS-enabled phone will alert you if there’s a Scoutmob deal on the menu—or if there are better deals nearby. Scoutmob is not only about food though. Plenty of other deals will appear! (Free for Android and iPhone). http://scoutmob.com/mobile

Amazon Student
But let’s talk about textbook deals! Textbooks can cost a hell of a lot! This Amazon app will keep your cash in your wallet safe and sound for happy hour: Snap a photo of your book’s barcode, and it’ll tell you how and where to get it cheaper. Best of all, you can sell back your old used textbooks in exchange for Amazon gift cards. (Free for Android and iPhone). http://www.amazon.com/gp/feature.html?docId=1000709011

myHomework
So you have your textbooks at a competitive price, now you just need to get fully organised for study. myHomework lets you enter all class information down to the room and building, of the class. It creates schedules for you and syncs that with the due dates for assignments on certain class days. You can even order your calendar by readings, quizzes, tests, homework, etc. And if that is not enough for you… it is even color coded for sheer awesomeness. (Free on iPhone and Android). https://myhomeworkapp.com/

AnyList
While we are on the subject of getting organised… how about getting organised with your roommates! This app is great for those college students in shared accommodation. AnyList creates sharable grocery lists between roommates and even categorizes all of the food in the list. At any time, those sharing the list can cross something off. So, if you’re on your way back from class and grab milk at the store, you can cross that off and your roommates won’t pick it up also. (Free for iPhone). https://www.anylistapp.com/

Mint
So now you are organised for college, photography, partying, finding cheap liquor, and settling arguments with housemates. What is the last remaining most important thing for college students? Yep… Money… The Mint app is an amazing tool for budgeting and keeping your finances straight. It lets you connect your banking accounts, credit cards, and everything to keep tabs on your balances and expenses. (Free for Android and iPhone). http://www.mint.com

So there you have it. The ultimate 9 apps you need to stay ahead of the curve while in college. If you find this post useful feel free to tweet, favourite, like and share and we’ll call it quits.

The Top 9 Apps for College Students, in order of need!

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So you have finally made it, you have figured out what to wear, who to hang out with, what classes to take etc. but perhaps most important of all is what apps to install on your smartphone! Don’t fret, we have come up the the ultimate list of the the very best Apps you need to get you through college. Why a list of 9, why not :)

CamScanner
You are late to class, do you tediously copy your friends notes or do you scan them with your phone! CamScanner lets you scan these documents and then tidies things up a bit. You can then share your scan via email or for a nominal fee you can even fax it if you need to. (Free for Android). https://www.camscanner.com/

Share Your Board
Fantastic app that gives you an alternative to taking notes in class. ShareYourBoard simply allows you to take a picture of any white board in sight—it helps to snag a good seat toward the front of class—and this app will adjust the white balance to give you a crystal-clear snapshot of that day’s lesson. Then it’s up to you to decipher your professor’s chicken-scratch. (Free for Android). https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.sphericbox.syb&hl=en

Closr
But if you do happen to be stuck at the back of the class why not get closer with Closr? With Closr all the images taken from your current location are shared with the immediate “Crowd” regardless of social connections. If you are at the back of the class Closr can show you the photo taken at the front of the class. Change the location on the map and see what is going on in other classrooms, the cafeteria or the even hottest Nightclub in town! Take a photo and contribute to the biggest photo album in the world. Way more than photo sharing. (Free on Android and coming soon on iPhone). http://www.closr.com

DrinkOwl
If you can’t find the hottest nightclub in town you could always stay in. DrinkOwl not only finds all the open liquor stores and bars nearby, it also lists the specials at each place. Perfect for cash-strapped college students in major metro areas. New Yorkers, may you never fork over a fortune for a JD and coke again. (Free for Android and iPhone). http://www.drinkowl.com/

Scoutmob
But what will you have to wash down your cheap booze? Pizza is the usual go to but if you can find better why not go for that? Scoutmob brings you the newest, most budget-friendly deals at plenty of nearby eateries. As soon as you walk into any eatery, your GPS-enabled phone will alert you if there’s a Scoutmob deal on the menu—or if there are better deals nearby. Scoutmob is not only about food though. Plenty of other deals will appear! (Free for Android and iPhone). http://scoutmob.com/mobile

Amazon Student
But let’s talk about textbook deals! Textbooks can cost a hell of a lot! This Amazon app will keep your cash in your wallet safe and sound for happy hour: Snap a photo of your book’s barcode, and it’ll tell you how and where to get it cheaper. Best of all, you can sell back your old used textbooks in exchange for Amazon gift cards. (Free for Android and iPhone). http://www.amazon.com/gp/feature.html?docId=1000709011

myHomework
So you have your textbooks at a competitive price, now you just need to get fully organised for study. myHomework lets you enter all class information down to the room and building, of the class. It creates schedules for you and syncs that with the due dates for assignments on certain class days. You can even order your calendar by readings, quizzes, tests, homework, etc. And if that is not enough for you… it is even color coded for sheer awesomeness. (Free on iPhone and Android). https://myhomeworkapp.com/

AnyList
While we are on the subject of getting organised… how about getting organised with your roommates! This app is great for those college students in shared accommodation. AnyList creates sharable grocery lists between roommates and even categorizes all of the food in the list. At any time, those sharing the list can cross something off. So, if you’re on your way back from class and grab milk at the store, you can cross that off and your roommates won’t pick it up also. (Free for iPhone). https://www.anylistapp.com/

Mint
So now you are organised for college, photography, partying, finding cheap liquor, and settling arguments with housemates. What is the last remaining most important thing for college students? Yep… Money… The Mint app is an amazing tool for budgeting and keeping your finances straight. It lets you connect your banking accounts, credit cards, and everything to keep tabs on your balances and expenses. (Free for Android and iPhone). http://www.mint.com

So there you have it. The ultimate 9 apps you need to stay ahead of the curve while in college. If you find this post useful feel free to tweet, favourite, like and share and we’ll call it quits.

Weekend fun (Day 13+14), Not.

Weekends are a time when we leave the accelerator and “get shit done!”. No matter how interesting the people and talks are we really look forward to getting a non stop block of interrupted me time to get shit done!

Usually this means working on tech. Either the front and back ends for Andrew or the website and api for me. That hasnt happened in a few weeks though as our backlog from during the week gets pushed out. This weekend we started on tying up our business planning. I worked on the grant applicaiton for feasibility funding while Andrew rewrote the business plan for his IBYE comp. Both got done and look great and we still had some time for andrew to start on the iPhone and myself to make a few small changes to the website.

Over the weekend we also got some feedback to change our approach with regards to recruiting Crew members. So we are going to cancel that plan and give all efforts tomorrow to developing a new plan. Time again is ridiculously tight with planned activities and prep work for a pitch we are making to Mobile Monday Cork.

interesting

Day 12, second D-Day

As one of our two readers (Deegs and Hobbsy most likely), you may recall that last weeks session went well. Today also seemed to be going well. This had us feeling pretty good, but also slightly worried. Myself and Andrew are primarily tech people. We have a bit of business backgrounds but have never run a sales or marketing campaign. The idea that we hit the ground running was a little disconcerting. I asked to get a little more external focused feedback and so we await the response.

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Day 10 of the BOI accelerator

PIZZZAAA and BBBEEEEEEEEEERRRRR

It was another day of getting loads done but not really feeling we were getting anywhere.

We had a big 3 hour all hands in the morning. A photographer came to give us a photoshoot in the morning. We met a local editor who want to run a special on Closr and then in the afternoon we had a fantastic pizza and beer party complioments of the cool people at www.car.ma

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Day 9 – Down to business

Today we had a good talk on business canvas and a fantastic talk on buiness planing and investment.

Jeremy Hayes, from UCC, gave the talk on buiness canvas and he had a few great use cases where companies changed their business model and went on to success. Good insight in that it is not always the product that needs to fit, but the business model needs to fit as well. We already use leanstack, so we had an advantage.

After this we recieved a masterclass from Neil Gordon of the Cork BIC. He gave us great insight into what is needed to get investor ready. He gave us good case studies and showed us a what a successful business plan looks like.

Actually contry to popular opinion it is not like the following.

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Day 8 of the BOI accelerator

I missed part of day 8 due to a motor bike test (which I passed :) ). Unfortunately the mentor session was with a seargent from the Irish army and this took place when I was away…

Apparantly I missed jumping around and hiding shoes in bags and weightlifting. Yes I thought… then Andrew tells me its a weekly thing…

In the afternoon we had our intern Rob start.

Rob has 2 laws degrees and is an excellent researcher! We have a special project for him (lets say cheerleaders are involved) and he was only too eager to engage in it :)

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We also interviewed a few more interns and we are trying to find just the right mix of motivated and quirky.

If you’re interested, get in touch.

IBYE Young Entrepreneur of the Ireland Bootcamp Weekend

What a great weekend…. we had some of the brightest and youngest entrepreneurs from Cork. From a 14 year old lad called Aidan who has set up his own web hosting to an old aged pensioner like myself at aged 26.

Day 1)  Everyone started with doing their elevator pitches and some of the ideas there were amazing from lifesaving technology to a new way to curate news stories. We also learnt about the value of the story. It also gave me a chance to see my future of a international business man and a man about town (living like a king). Did you know that the kingsley has a phone in the toilet now that is service :)

Living the dream

 

Drinking

Day 2) It was time for business planning so Noel from QED tried to use a real life problem (i.e me being single) to start a plan for me to married in 12 months. The drawing of me as a stick man did not show off my muscles and I learnt that when you said €50000 for a wedding makes women turn around and start looking in my direction :)

My marriage plan

Drinking

Day 3) This was the day to put myself on the spot and do an ad lib pitch about one of our revenue streams in stock photography. Some how I got some great key words in to the pitch such as “You in your bikini”, “The one with the big back side” and “Robin is great” :)

Closr 5 min pitch talking about how closr can be used in stockphotos industry

What a great opportunity to meet like minded young ambitious entrepreneurs and was delighted to get great insight into their business and feedback on Closr.

The lads

H to the obbsy. Keeping it real