The Details and Back-story
Back in September 2009, Jason Rappaport imagined a decent collaborative groupwork tool for his school projects, a service that could do the work of six separate services in just one cohesive platform. From there, GoodSemester
was born - a place where students and professors can start their own courses, join courses, organize notes, share notes, and can store their entire academic life in the cloud. Today is GoodSemester's first public beta launch.
Unique Point of Difference
...The initial followers. Jason is webmaster of Zelda Universe and Zelda Wiki, the two largest Legend of Zelda sites on the web. Most of GoodSemester's staff members have worked on Zelda Universe with him at one point or another, and hundreds of fellow Zelda fans are now the initial members and supporters of GoodSemester. Remember this vialogue
? The initial followers are more important than the leader himself when starting a movement.
EdLab Relevance and Takeaway
A product or company can offer amazing features and ideas, but without its initial followers who believe in it, the tipping point can never be reached. Who are followers and supporters of Pundit, Vialogues, Ednode, and our other tools? How can we harness the power of that organic marketing and create a movement of our own?