Campus Society, the global university network, aims to help students break down barriers and collaborate. SME caught up with Rashid Ajami, CEO and Founder to find out the story so far…
Tell me about your company – where did the idea come from?
In 2012, I was attending Georgetown in the USA. I wanted to collaborate with my cousin who at the time was attending the American University of Beirut, yet we did not have an effective medium or set of tools to facilitate the development of an idea and exchange of research. Email felt tired. Text messaging was underpowered. And software such as Blackboard was not quite right. We realized there was a gap in the market for a platform dedicated to connecting University students locally and globally.
We started small and developed the idea over time. Our first hire was a CTO with great knowledge. From here we built a world class tech team who have helped to develop the product.
Could you tell me a bit about your product/services range?
Campus Society is an online platform for college students to discover, connect and collaborate on shared interests. Students with shared interests meet and collaborate in Channels. Channels are centralized communities and focus on any topic or interest. Upon initial sign up, students are instantly placed in their university and major channels. Students can expand their network by exploring and creating new channels locally and globally, and privately or publicly. Campus Society is purpose built for idea exchange, group chat, media and document sharing, and direct messaging. We feel this concept of channels is limitless and can give students the power to curate their own experience and connect with ease.
Tell me about your role – what does a typical day look like for you?
Every day is always new and exciting but typically the focus is on making sure everyone in the team has clear goals and that everything is coming together. Keeping the vision end goal aligned throughout the team makes a huge difference. After a larger team meeting I will then focus on dealing with any outstanding specific team issues. This could be anything ranging from technical to marketing issues.
I also spend a lot of time engaging with investors and exploring partnerships and opportunities that can help the business. There are challenges every day but by working through them and moving forward systemically good things start to happen!