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Student Site Rouses Startups

The entrepreneurship advice website created by Georgetown students Rahul Singh (CED), Austin Yoder (COL ’11), David Liu (MSB ’12), Ivan Batischev (SFS ’08) and Ankit Goyal (SFS ’12), aims to inspire those looking for ideas for their own startup.

The website specializes in the compilation and development of materials designed to inspire and empower young entrepreneurs in their endeavors, particularly those conducted online. The website features articles written by and about successful businessmen and offers multiple resources about business management.

“My business partner and I wanted a site where we could learn about business and have a continuous stream of inspirational and motivational stories of business leaders from all over the world and give that to everyone, whether they were in D.C., Moscow, Delhi, Hong Kong, Tokyo, Montevideo, or Nairobi,” Singh, founder and writer for the website, said.

“ provides people with the information and tools necessary to be successful in the new Internet age,” Liu, a marketer and editor for the website, said. “We believe our website can be particularly helpful to college students trying to start their own companies.”

Eventually, Singh hopes that will serve as a social network for entrepreneurs to better exchange ideas and connect with successful predecessors.

Singh and his business partner Eric Ramseur, an expert in computer science, founded the website during the summer of 2010 in order to address problems they felt were apparent in the entrepreneurial environment.

“AsitChanges addresses the problem of information overload,” Singh said. “All the knowledge of the world is available online, especially new knowledge of business, which changes every day. We want to make it easy for people at a hyper-local level to get access to this information, knowledge, education and hopefully wisdom from the masses.”

The website has a large target audience, ranging from high school students to executives of small businesses.

“Our goal is to show people a career path to entrepreneurship no matter where they live, how old they are and how much money they have,” Singh said.

Singh and Ramseur are also developing Appleseed, a software portal through which micro-enterprises, businesses with five employees or less, can integrate the activities of online software to optimize communication and trade with other businesses.

“I want to make it easy to start a company in 24 hours and do all the necessary connecting of information from the bank account to the government, so that people don’t have to deal with the horrendous paperwork involved,” Singh said. “That’s the beginning of the problem. There is a continuous need for people nowadays to manage information. Appleseed addresses the inefficiencies of business.”

The recent developments of and Appleseed have been further fueled by Singh’s experiences in his entrepreneurship class with professor William Finnerty.

“His class really is a week by week self-discovery process which causes people to act rather than think,” Singh said. “Although [Ramseur and I] were well into our ideas, his class definitely motivated me to get moving faster and understand that it is always a now or never moment.”

Singh, Ramseur and their team say that they hope their work instills the sense of entrepreneurship in other hopefuls like themselves.

“We are creating the future of the world here,” reads. “It won’t happen overnight, and it won’t happen because we think about it, but rather by showing people how they can do it themselves. AsitChanges wants you to succeed in life by creating a better life for yourself, your community, and your world by taking part in the new world of business.”

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