Team Member(s): Paul Stamatiou
Computational Media alumni Paul Stamatiou introduces Skribit project.
Please briefly explain the project. What is it about?
I built Skribit (skribit.com) while a student in the Computational Media joint major program of the School Literature, Communication, and Culture and the College of Computing. I created the service a little over a year ago as a tool to help cure blogger's block (writer's block for bloggers). It is currently used by more than 4,000 blogs and receives 4 million hits a month.
What is the importance of this project?
I created Skribit (rhymes with ribbet) to help me work on my blog, www.PaulStamatiou.com. Skribit is successful, because it provides a place for bloggers to get new ideas, rather than simply writing about what people are already talking about.
Who are the team members?
I am 22-year-old web developer from Houston, Texas and currently living in Atlanta. In December 2008, I have graduated from Georgia Tech with a B.S. in Computational Media. I have created Skribit.com with my co-founder Calvin Yu who is a software developer from Atlanta.
Did the project supported by any grant/award?
I graduated in December 2008 and have been seeking funding to allow me to develop skribit.com in to a profitable business. The funding has been provided by the Georgia Tech Edison Fund, so I will remain on campus.
Stephen Fleming, Chief Commercialization Officer for the GT Edison Fund, says that one of their most important missions is to retain early-stage technology companies that have a close association with the Institute and who would otherwise have to leave Atlanta to secure seed capital. "At one time, I know that Paul was looking to move out to California to try to get funding for Skribit," said Fleming. "I'm glad that we were able to provide him with the initial funding to keep young talent like him here in Atlanta."
Prepared by Ivan Allen College Newspaper, December 2008