A new challenge awaits Stillman School senior and David B. Gerstein
Scholar Taseen Peterson and his partners. Their note-sharing
application, Notefuly, is competing in Inc. magazine's first ever "March
Madness 2014: Pick Your Favorite College Startup" competition, and you
will help determine which team comes out on top. Sixteen teams will go
head-to-head in online voting each week that narrows the field. The two
finalists will be featured in Inc., and the winner gets tickets to the
magazine's GrowCo Conference in May.
Check out the brackets and vote here »
It has been a marvelous March for Peterson and his partners — his
brother Mark, the company's chief technical officer, and their Los
Angeles-based creative director Cameron Smith. Notefuly was named to the Inc. magazine "America's Coolest College Startups 2014" list, being chosen as "the cream of
the college entrepreneurship crop" from nearly 100 such companies across
the country. The team also was crowned national champion at the South
by Southwest (SXSW) Student Startup Madness Championship Finals in
Austin, Texas on March 10.
"It lends us instant credibility," said Peterson. "It says we're here and we're for real."
Peterson says Seton Hall has been a source of encouragement and
support for him as he develops his digital product and his company's
business plan. He credits many mentors for his team's success,
including Professor Susan Scherreik, the director of the Stillman School
Center for Entrepreneurial Studies.
"We are very proud of Taseen and this accolade for Seton Hall
University," said Scherreik. "His passion and drive, combined with the
knowledge and skills learned in our entrepreneurship courses and in our
Pirates Pitch business plan competition, helped Taseen take his startup
venture to the next level. Another factor was the intensive, one-on-one
mentoring from seasoned and successful entrepreneurs that we provide to
our budding student entrepreneurs. We feel that is our program's
Peterson calls Notefuly, "the digital solution to the physical note."
It is a mobile application and cloud service that allows notes to be
shared among users and across devices. Notefuly has been downloaded
more than four million times and has already generated more than
$450,000 in revenue.
As the accolades pile up, Peterson and his team remain focused on growing their business.
"We have milestones that we have set for ourselves," he said. "We are sticking to that plan."
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