DC: What are your names, majors, and anticipated graduation years?
Rushil Joshi – Computer Science, 2023
Thai Cao – Computer Science, 2023
DC: In two to three sentences, how would you describe your startup?
Joshi and Cao: We are a web app that uses A.I. to help students study in a more efficient manner by providing the necessary tools to succeed.
DC: At what point did you know you wanted to create your own startup?
Joshi and Cao: We wanted to create a startup when we won our hackathon freshman year, and we realized our ideas could become a sustainable reality.
DC: What or who is your biggest influence for your startup?
Joshi and Cao: This summer we have had access to numerous connections and resources. Our coach and Lottie are the biggest influences for our startup. We were able to receive great advice from both and they always kept us on our feet.
DC: How have the effects of the pandemic changed your company’s focus or ideas?
Joshi and Cao: We thought that our idea was versatile since the school migrated to an online environment.
DC: What updates or significant accomplishments can you share with us about your company from the last six months?
Joshi and Cao: We have started a closed beta. Now, users can start using our application after sign up.
DC: What are you hoping to achieve, or what have you already achieved, from participating in Terp Startup Accelerator this summer?
Joshi and Cao: Prior we had hoped to receive wisdom from multiple successful entrepreneurs who have tapped into a market similar to ours. Now, we have received more than that! We are happy to have a quality coach connected to us by the accelerator and the ability to talk to so many guest speakers.
DC: If you could give advice to any aspiring entrepreneurs, what would it be?
Joshi and Cao: Cliche as it sounds, never give up. Take the path slow but steady. Becoming an entrepreneur is not easy and there will be sleepless nights, just be prepared.
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