While everthing else seems to have gone social including shopping and online dating, one thing that has been stuck in the past is the way students find odd jobs and gigs. Believe me. When it comes to odd jobs students still have to knock on doors, ask their parents network or school officials. That's what we had to do many many decades back. Enter Flipgigs. Flipgigs is a talent based student skill sharing social network connecting savvy consumers and businesses with a motivated, affordable , scrappy network of students in High Schools & Colleges eager to find gigs and jobs. Our website, http://www.flipgigs.com.
Students also get to build a portfolio of work that can showcase their passion and commitment to prospective colleges and employers. There is not a single site that creates these connections and creates these opportunities. Flipgigs has the potential to be the LinkedIn for students
Flipgigs is currently in Private Beta and is growing virally locally and in communities across the US.
According to a recent post on Forbes, Flipgigs is the top 5 most promising social sites for students and has the potential to be a very large company.
Flipgigs has also been declared Winner of The Best Startup award at The Startup Conference in Mountain View on May 2, 2012. Flipgigs was unanimously voted by a panel of investors consisting of Dave McClure of 500 Startups, Thomas Korte of Angel Pad , Joyce Chung of Garage Ventures, Manu Kumar of K9 and a few others.
Formidable Target Market Size : About 28.2 million College Students + 16 million High Schoolers in US . 75% of them work part-time. By the time they are in College they represent about $60 billion in buying power . Something needs to feed that buying power besides the bank of mom and dad.
Flipgigs is the only innovative platform that taps into student talent and provides a solution to the most vexing problems faced by many. If you are looking for cheap affordable scrappy services - maybe you just bought a new Macbook but don't know much about the Mac OS, maybe you need a Math Tutor for your kid and can't pay exorbitant fees, a music mentor or a Varsity Sports Instructor, you have to check out this amazing service.
Unlike some other players in this space that targets retired people or homemakers to run errands, we are less into errand outsourcing and more into top 5-7 kickass student services mainly academic tutoring, music mentoring, sports instruction, babysitting, social media marketing, blogging , translations etc.
At Flipgigs we hope to socially revolutionize the student short and part -time employment market. So far we have been very well received by investors and the greater entrepreneur community and are actively seeking funding.
CEO Jayati Sengupta has 12+ years experience in the tech sector, both large company experience (Oracle) and mid size startups like DeviceAnywhere. Hands on technical manager who picks up products easily. Fills every shoe that she can possibly fit into while running a fledgling startup that is looking to get funded and grow.
She gave up her fulltime lucrative job to follow her passion. Two summers back her talented teen was looking for a writing gig and together they ran out of options looking for a site that helped kids find great gigs and part time jobs.On most sites her daughter would compete against freelancers or businesses or she would find mundane errands her daughter wasn't interested in. In some cases. she found sites that thrived on anonymity. She gave up on her search, left her job , convinced this was a huge gap. No other platform taps into student talent like Flipgigs .
She bootstrapped, used part time help from wherever she could and built this platform in 6 months after spending a few months on research.
She has help from industry experts on development and she also has a team of marketing interns to help her with her go to marketing strategies.
President of Social Twist, CEO of ALoqa and ex Worldwide Head of Product Marketing, Google.
Connect NC (Based out of North Carolina)
•FINDER’S FEES - Post Beta
•EMPLOYER JOB POSTING FEE
•ADVERTISING: Large Expected User Base + High Quality User Data+ Premium Targeted Ads=High Profit Potential
Students Spend 60B dollars on Large, Important Categories: Food , technology , Entertainment and personal care including clothes.
FREEMIUM STRATEGIES- premium (paid) accounts each account offering greater flexibility and privileges within the service
•Student Marketplace with big companies offering deals for students
There is simply no other platform that taps into student talent and provides a social experience that hopes to solve the most vexing problems for many out there. We are not into mundane errand outsourcing business like the Zaarly's and the Task Rabbits or Exec's of the world. About 25% of Taskrabbits' workforce is retired people. Only 10% are college students. Craigslist has no focus on gigs and often mixes seedy posts with genuine requests. It also thrives on complete anonymity. Flipgigs on the other hand is a trusted social network that is very focussed on top 5 - 7 kickass student services mainly academic tutoring , music mentoring , sports instruction and babysitting, blogging, social media marketing. etc.