Beta Byte: 180Q

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180QBeta Byte is a series underwritten by Bust Out Solutions for that early stage tech found somewhere between idea and traction. Equally exciting as it is raw. Are you in this phase?

What is the name of the company and/or product? Where is it found online?

180Q is both the company and product and we’re in the Apple App Store.

What problem does this solve?

We provide an easy to use, cross platform solution for teachers to build and deploy short, flash card style quizzes to iPads (and Android/Windows tablets). Classrooms are getting iPads at an amazing clip and we see a big shortage of software that lets teachers create content that matches their curriculum for the devices, particularly in the K-6 age range.

What is the full launch/release date planned?

We are working with two local districts to build out the platform to suit their needs, and we plan to roll out to more area districts and teachers later this summer.

Who is on the team?

The technical side is handled by Scott Olson; heading up the business and sales end is Andy Stadheim.
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What technologies are being used?

Our mobile app is HTML5 / Javascript, wrapped in Phonegap, using Knockout.js. On the server side, we use Asp.Net MVC3 and SQL Server, cloud hosted by AppHarbor. We have a team of part time teachers building up content to Minnesota educational standards, with professionally designed graphics to support it.

How big is the market and how will you scale? Is there a revenue model?

We will offer the application to individual teachers for free, and plan to offer districts a license to link up all of the data from their teachers using it and unlock access to premium content and graphics built by our professional content designers. U.S. Ed Tech software is a $7.7 billion dollar market, and we plan to scale by incentivizing teachers to sign up other teachers in their area.

Currently we are planning to monetize exclusively on a subscription basis.

What is your greatest strength?

Our greatest strength is our passion for solving problems with technology and our experience doing exactly that.

What is your biggest weakness?

We have a current lack of connections in school districts beyond the twin cities metro area, which we need to fix before we can expand.

What is one resource you could use that would take this to the next level?

A couple of really motivated school districts to help us refine the product and give feedback to make the application meet the needs of their teachers and students.

Is there anything else you would like to add?

Thanks to Tech.mn and the Entrepreneurs’ Organization for helping foster an amazing community at the intersection of technology and entrepreneurship in the twin cities!

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