Marnix Broer is the co-founder and CEO of StuDocu.
Have you ever ever sat in a shared faculty dorm kitchen house together with your roommate and determined to start out a enterprise?
I must be clear right here: We didn’t actually determine to start out a enterprise; it was extra of a venture to create a software that we might use whereas finding out in class.
Born out of our personal frustrations with gathering the appropriate examine supplies to organize for exams, Jacques Huppes and I began jotting down what the best platform for simply sharing assets like examine guides and sophistication notes with different college students would appear like. We knew we wanted to create a easy interface to get began, which was shortly adopted by the tedious technique of manually importing a whole bunch of paperwork we had gathered from our personal earlier examination prep and from different associates on the college.
After simply three weeks, our concept started to blossom, with associates from different universities asking if we might construct the platform to share their faculty’s examine assets as effectively. We merely requested for his or her paperwork and began to subdivide the content material primarily based on college. Our firm, StuDocu, was formally born and increasing sooner than we ever might have imagined.
Our first funding was a USB arduous drive, which traveled with us from dorm to dorm — we’d knock on doorways to share our story with as many college students as potential. We’d use the arduous drive to plug into their laptops, copy their recordsdata and add them to the StuDocu web site that night.
Whereas increasingly college students at the moment are going digital, in 2010 we’d typically encounter college students with handwritten or printed notes, which we’d acquire and carry again on the prepare trip to Delft to scan and add within the library. For the primary three years, we labored from our dorm rooms in Delft earlier than transferring to Amsterdam to develop our enterprise.
We now have launched many iterations of the platform primarily based on suggestions and information. To start with, we labored primarily based on what we thought was wanted, utilizing our personal frustration with finding out because the information for a way the platform ought to evolve. Certainly one of our different co-founders, Lucas van den Houten, launched the concept of measuring information we gathered from customers through Mixpanel, and from there we have been in a position to give the platform new life. Immediately, information was telling us the place to develop and the place to enhance. Over time, we now have developed many options and proceed to run A/B assessments primarily based on the arduous information now accessible to us.
Constructing a web site is plenty of work, however for us, every replace had a direct correlation to the growing uploads and pupil engagement we got down to obtain. To see these small successes day after day was reassuring.