Smartphone Apps
Technology
Ask Me Anything
Celebrities

Answers with Diego Kafie?

-101

Answer

User Avatar
Kevin Stringer
09/11/2019

What advice can you give to young entrepreneurs who have a great idea, but don't know how to get it off the ground?

Run with it. Run with it as fast as you can. I started working on Kampus when I was 20, and I would have loved to start sooner. If you have an idea, take a risk. The best part about being young is that nothing is expected of you. If you fail, no one will care, and you'll have a great learning experience. If you succeed... well, you'll be a 20-something with his or her own successful company. I don't know about you, but that sounds pretty cool to me!

User Avatar
Kevin Stringer
09/11/2019

What do you see yourself working on after Kampus? Do you have any other startup business ideas you'd like to try out in the future?

I think the journey with Kampus is barely starting, and I still have a lot to say and a lot to prove with it. However, I can't hide the fact that I'm starting to think about creating smaller products aimed at Honduras and the Latin American market. I want to give back to my country and I feel like my team and I could provide useful products for my countrymen while creating jobs for the young talent pool out there!

User Avatar
Kevin Stringer
09/11/2019

What are some of your favorite mobile apps that you use on a regular basis?

Twitter. I can't live without Twitter. WhatsApp is also very important to me, because it lets me chat with my family and friends scattered across the globe. 9GAG is also huge, but I try to stay away from it before I get too addicted.

User Avatar
Kevin Stringer
09/11/2019

What other big plans do you have for the app?

Growth and optimization. We want to grow as much as we can from here on out, so if you're a college student, get your phone out and download Kampus NOW!

...Did you do it? Great!

We also want to optimize the app along the way. We might discover that some things can be better, while others can be removed. It'll all depend on how people react to it.

User Avatar
Kevin Stringer
09/11/2019

How long until Kampus is Android accessible?

Soon. We have a to-do list that's more than a mile long. It's definitely a priority, though.

User Avatar
Kevin Stringer
09/11/2019

What's the process of creating a mobile app like, from brainstorming and developing to releasing?

It's the best and worst thing there is! It's incredibly exciting, but at the same time it's nerve-racking. The process has been so long and arduous that just by learning all I've learned, I can easily say the challenge has been worth it.

User Avatar
Kevin Stringer
09/11/2019

Kampus ranked in the 2013 Capital Innovators Accelerator Program's top 25 and won Lindenwood University's 2013 Pitch Competition. How have these competitions fostered Kampus' initial success and encouraged the app's future growth?

Well, just like any other startup, we began this journey with lots of doubts. "Will people like it?" "Will this work?" "Am I going to eat ramen noodles for the rest of my life?" These were all questions we asked ourselves on a daily basis.

Without having a product built, we decided to participate in these competitions and the reception to our vision was incredible! That gave us the confidence and validation we needed to put everything we had into making the vision a reality.

User Avatar
Kevin Stringer
09/11/2019

What makes Kampus different from other forms of social media, like Facebook?

First of all, Kampus is school-exclusive. If you go to Lindenwood University, you'll only see people from Lindenwood University, and so on. You will never see your little siblings, your parents or (God forbid) your employers! It's really private. We are building Kampus like that because we believe that there's a need to help students connect with the people and things that relate to their school.

I'll give you an example: I had over 1,000 Facebook friends on my last semester at Lindenwood. Out of those, only 124 went to Lindenwood with me. We want to be a place for you to get to know those 124 people in a deeper way, while meeting and learning about countless others along the way that you don't even see on your other social networks!

Also, Kampus is more than a social network. It's the number one item in a "College Survival Kit". Not only do you get to follow your friends, post content, chat, and discover new people, it's an essential tool any college student would love to have! Kampus has awesome features like:

  • Deals, which lists deals local businesses around a particular school are offering for the students
  • Mingle, a place for single students to meet with others and potentially nab a date for the weekend
  • Market, a peer-to-peer marketplace where students can buy and sell anything they want
  • Professors, a place to anonymously rate professors and see which ones you should skip and which ones you should take classes with.

Oh, and did I mention Kampus is free?

User Avatar
Kevin Stringer
09/11/2019

If I don't go to one of the 14 colleges listed on the app's sign up screen, can I still use Kampus?

Great question. So last semester (Spring 2014) was a test. We launched a minimum viable product for 14 schools to see how the app performed, what needed to be changed, what needed to be added, etc. Turns out, we had a great concept but still needed work on making the product impossible to resist.

Now, things are getting really interesting! With the newly released version, we're taking it to the next level. That will include a form in the Home Screen where anyone can request his or her school to be added. Once we get a request, we'll check that the information is correct and set it up in no time. Any student in the world will be able to open a Kampus for his or her school!

User Avatar
Kevin Stringer
09/11/2019

Kampus is already available abroad, specifically in Canada, Mexico, and Honduras. Why did you choose to target an international audience from the beginning?

I was born and raised in Honduras and contrary to popular opinion, I believe that gives me an upper hand. I know all about the American market, but I am also aware of the amazing opportunities available abroad. My co-founder (who is also from Honduras) and I always talked about making Kampus international since day one.

User Avatar
Kevin Stringer
09/11/2019

Right now, Kampus users can only follow students who attend their same college. Do you see the platform ever expanding to allow users to network with students from other colleges?

The honest answer for that is "I don't know." It will all depend on what the users want, and if it's beneficial for them to do so.

User Avatar
Kevin Stringer
09/11/2019

Facebook started out marketing exclusively to college students and has since expanded its audience to over 1 billion users worldwide. What made you realize that students might want to revert back to a more local network, specifically their college campus?

Facebook is an amazing company that revolutionized the social media landscape. They started school-exclusive and then thought, "why limit ourselves?" You have to understand that the world in 2004 was very different to the world we live in now. Now, you have access to anyone you want in the world... I can send a Tweet to Oprah in a matter of seconds!

I think that Facebook and Twitter and other mass market social platforms are a great way to stay connected to the world. Unfortunately, when we have access to that much information it's easy to forget what's happening right in front of us. You don't pay as much attention to John Doe from Marketing class and his post inviting people to a small party in his dorm when Katy Perry just posted a selfie at the same time. Kampus aims to "cancel out" everything from the outside world and "zoom in" on what's going on in a student's campus, making it the go to place for everything and everyone related to his or her school.

User Avatar
Kevin Stringer
09/11/2019

What is Kampus?

Kampus is an exclusive social network for college students. It's an app that helps students interact with people from their school and ONLY people from their school. But it's also more than that... it's a very useful tool for anyone going to college.