EmBazaar publicly launches campus-news website Skoop

Nov 4, 2014
Austin Business Journal

After three months of beta testing, EmBazaar Inc. has publicly launched a campus-news application for universities

The Austin-based company developed Skoop, which it claims is the only social network for college students that features campus-specific news and events combined with a student-only marketplace. The mobile application is free in the iTunes app store and Google Play for Android users, according to a Monday announcement

EmBazaar, which was founded earlier this year, employs eight workers. It has collected nearly $80,000 in seed financing from a syndicate of angel investors, company officials said

It launched Skoop in a closed beta test in July and in an extended beta in early October. More than 1,700 students attending at least eight universities have downloaded the app, EmBazaar reports

Campuses include Texas State University, the University of Texas, St. Edward's University, the University of Incarnate Word and Southwestern University. It's also available for the University of South Carolina, Columbia; Winthrop University; and Tennessee State University

CEO Neil Patwardhan said in the announcement that Skoop was designed to provide students with "all the information they need and want to know about in one place."

Patwardhan was previously a senior strategist of end-user computing for Round Rock-based Dell Inc., where he held several positions from 2006 until January, according to his online profile

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