Koofers develops virtual study hall
The Reston, Virginia-based startup, bankrolled by $7 million in venture funding including support from AOL co-founder Steve Case, is tapping into cutting-edge trends in higher education centered on online resource sharing. Koofers facilitates student interaction in virtual space by providing free digital resources such as online access to coursework.
â€śWe provide an online platform for college students to collaborate with each other around academics â€“ connect with each other, share past exams, study guides, notes,â€ť said Koofers CEO Gio Hunt. â€śWeâ€™re really tied into the way students are thinking about content.â€ť
Koofers is harnessing the power of the Facebook generation â€“ the millennialsâ€™ imperative to make everything be transparent, whether itâ€™s what they ate for lunch or how the Econ 101 professor rates relative to his peers.
â€śWeâ€™re just riding this great wave of grassroots student interaction,â€ť said Hunt, whose firm has a registered user base from more than 3,000 colleges across the United States.
â€śMost of the content on Koofers is open content,â€ť he said. â€śWeâ€™re aggregating user-generated content and free content thatâ€™s on the Web, organizing it for students.â€ť
In addition Koofers allows kids to browse available classes at their schools and buy and sell textbooks.
With all that available in a single digital platform, there hardly seems any excuse for flaking out.
Photo credit: A group of students studies on the campus of San Francisco State University in San Francisco, California June 30, 2009. REUTERS/Robert Galbraith