Marcell Purham always knew he wanted to start something. He started coding and developing a little over 7 years ago when he was just 13 years old. His love of developing started with easy stuff like helping his friends code their MySpace pages. As time went on he got more and more into design and learning every language he could. Purham is the kind of guy that soaks up knowledge from wherever he can get it, so he attends as many startup events in Chicago as he can and spends his freetime reading up on everything in the tech and startup world.
Now a college student, Purham quickly realized that his brain was overflowing with information, which made it really hard for him to stay focused and organized in school. That’s why he created Semester Planner. “Think Online Trapper Keeper,” Purham told Nibletz in an interview. (Is he even old enough to remember the Trapper Keeper?)
Semester Planner is a student planning app that captures everything in a student’s academic life, including notes, class schedule, calendar, and more. It organizes all the information in an easy-to-recall platform that keeps everything by semester. It also makes it really easy to find things later.
We got a chance to talk with Purham. Check out our text and video interviews with Purham below.
What is your startup called?
What does your company do?
Semester Planner is a free online planner that helps students keep track of their notes, classes, assignments, and documents.
Who are the founders, and what are their backgrounds
There is only one founder and his name is Marcell Purham. Marcell is a software developer with 7+ years of developing for web. He started out at 13 learning to code and writing code for friends on myspace then took it to the next level by moving onto design and finally programming.
Where are you based?
We are based in Chicago, IL.
What problem do you solve?
The problem we’re solve are allowing students to access their notes, assignments, documents, and classes on the go or while they’re in school.
Honestly as a student myself I needed something to help me keep track of all my semester classes, notes, assignments etc. So as I took on more classes I did not want to carry around all those heavy textbooks and finally decided to solve that problem, for not only myself but also for other students.
What are some of the milestones your startup has already reached?
We’ve achieved a lot within the first 6 months(Launched in January 2013). Over 100 students from my community college signed up and used it for their semester and also some kids from others schools. We’ve had over 2,000 chrome downloads for semester planner and our likes on Facebook are constantly going up.
What are your next milestones?
Right now I am working on the Android version of the application and hope to release it sometime this year to students and I am talking with a friend on getting this developed for iOS also so that what we’re up to for now. Also we’re getting feedback from users and seeing if they’re things they love about the site and hate so that becomes very useful to us.
Where can people find out more? Any social media links you want to share?
If you would like to learn more about semester planner check it out on our website, Facebook or twitter.
Twitter – http://twitter.com/semesterplanner
facebook – https://www.facebook.com/semesterplanner
Semester Planner – https://semesterplanner.com