I remember my days on campus at the University of Maryland in College Park. I had a very busy schedule. On top of pursuing a degree in Computer Science, I worked as a web developer at SAS part-time to help pay for school (stripping did not work out) and also spent countless hours trying to obtain world records in Mario Kart time trials (I only ended up with apartment records but this was still quite an achievement). I remember the inconvenience of doing routine things like grocery shopping, apartment cleaning, and errand-running was magnified by the lack of free time I had.
That being said, I was very enthused when I first met Julian Capps at a happy hour in DC. He is a college student currently at Maryland and CMO of Beagle, a project he is working on with a few of his buddies to change the way college students get things done on campus. He told me the basic idea of the project was to create a mobile app to allow students who are short on time or resources to post tasks and let Beagle connect them to other students on campus who can do the tasks for them. Students can name their price when posting a task and can also make money by doing tasks for others. Simple. Brilliant.
I loved the idea and I wanted to learn more about it and share my experiences with the Beagle team so I arranged a meetup in Bethesda and brought along my business partner and friend Mike Siegel. We had the pleasure of meeting Philippe Azimzadeh (CEO of Beagle) along with Julian and after hours of good tech talk (and good beers) I walked away with a good understanding of their vision. I was impressed with their attitude and their desire to simply make a positive impact on a community. They also spoke very highly of their partners and developers and I feel encouraged that they have all of the right pieces in place to prosper. The mobile app is launching soon and I will be rooting for their success, go Beagle!