What is the name of the company and/or product? Where is it found online?
The name of the company is REsearch EDucation WITH US and can be found at http://reedwith.us
What problem does this solve and what was the “aha” moment?
There is no site where professionals can upload, share and discuss a variety of file formats such as videos, documents, or presentations. Until now, comments were not geared towards scientific, technical or professional community. Private groups that are vital to research and collaboration were not possible. Reedwith.us is the solution to all these problems.
At http://reedwith.us, users can upload a video, a document, or a presentation. They can discuss the content using mathematical and chemical equations, code snippets or free flow text. This ensures that professionals can communicate in their language. Users can form public or private groups. The content and the discussion of a private group will be available only to members of the group.
Faculty, researchers, students, teachers, business professionals, technical professionals, medical doctors, administrative staff etc. are potential customers for our site.
What is the full launch/release date planned?
We are currently in beta. We welcome all feedback.
Who is on the team?
What is the specific technology or combination of technologies is used?
The site is built using Python, Django, RabbitMQ, MySQL, and Celery.
What is your revenue model?
User can upload content for free. Video and banner ads will be displayed on the content page. In the future, users will be allowed to form up to 5 groups with up to five members in each group for no charge. To create groups with more than five members or more than five groups, the creator of the group has to pay $10 a month. However, classroom groups will be free and member limit and group limit will not apply.
What is your greatest strength?
People are already watching videos, presentations and documents online. They are also asking questions and reading responses online. We are merging all these features and adding a professional commenting/discussion section.
Professionals can upload various file formats to our site in no time. They can invite students, researchers and collaborators to discuss the content. They can use scientific language to discuss the content. To accomplish all this, users can login using Facebook, Gmail, LinkedIn or Twitter.
What is your biggest weakness?
We need two-sided networking for the success of reedwith.us. We need users to upload content and other users to view and discuss the content. When groups are formed, the creator invites members of the group. This provides a viral effect attracting more users. We have to recruit marketing personnel to increase the user base.
What is one resource you could use that would take this to the next level?
Forging ties with academic, scientific, technical and other professional communities is essential to increase content uploads and user base.
Is there anything else you would like to add?
We would like you to upload and discuss professional content to our site http://reedwith.us. Please let us know any features that you would like to see in future versions. We look forward to your feedback. We also encourage you to share this site with your family, friends and colleagues through Facebook, Google+. LinkedIn, Twitter etc. Thank you from team reedwith.us.