On January 1 SeeClickFix and CTNext welcomed the first three SeeClickFix Fellows. Michael Kaufmann, Steven Young and Andrew Williams joined the SeeClickFix team for 6 months. During the day they work on the other side of the office from their core competencies, engineers working in biz dev and vice versa. At night they work on their products.
We are two months into the fellowship. There are 4 months left in the fellow's nights and weekend runway. After that they have been kindly offered a home at New Haven's co-working space, The Grove where they will likely continue to grow their products and figure out how to support themselves financially.
Andrew Williams hails from Virginia but now calls #NHV his home. Steven comes from San Francisco as Andrew's engineering half at http://www.PlacingLiterature.com. Placing Literature is a crowdsourcing website that maps literary scenes that take place in real locations. There are 1350 places mapped in the first six months and their core focus during the fellowship is making the database more robust. This is the first time the founders are living in the same city while working on their startup.
Mike Kauffman is developing MoVi Interactive, an innovative tech firm specializing in wearable technology and the user experience. MoVi creates applications that leverage data captured by physical sensors such as Fitbit, Nike FuelBand and Jawbone Up- to name a few. The flagship application, Fitness Faceoff, is the first full-blown fitness strategy game and is set to release in March.
"Being a part of the SCF Fellowship program will give me an opportunity to learn from active and experienced entrepreneurs. Giving me insight into the day to day operations and what it takes to run a young company. When starting a new venture, you will quickly realize that everyday presents a new "monkey wrench" - it has been reassuring to know that I have access to advice and guidance." --Michael Kaufmann
We are loving the prototype designs of Fitness Faceoff at SCF and are excited to see the beta to be launched in March.