Pulse Profiles: Meet Dan Wasyluk, The Brains Behind CollegeBlender
Ever wonder who uses Pulse? Because we do! To get to know some of our users, we’re launching a new series—Pulse Profiles. Over the next few weeks, we’ll sit down with some of our enthusiastic users and see how Pulse fits into their different lifestyles. Our first profile features Dan Wasyluk, founder of CollegeBlender. Some of you may have seen his Inc. profile where he shared how Pulse helps him, ahem, get a pulse on content that matters to him. Keep reading for his thoughts on bringing an idea into fruition and sustaining it with Pulse.
Q: What is CollegeBlender and how did it come to be?
CollegeBlender is a source for students to engulf themselves in the college experience by decreasing the friction in getting to know your peers. We aggregate blogs and we’re working on expanding to different social media verticals. You can get an accurate picture of what college is actually like because users can bump posts up or dump posts down. We try to build a real community for students to tap into what’s happening around them.
I started CollegeBlender because as an undergrad, I had trouble searching for blogs that were relevant to my community. Blogging was the hot thing at the time and I knew there were plenty of bloggers at Rochester Institute of Technology, RIT, since it’s a technical school. Now that CollegeBlender exists, college students can easily find blogs and other sources relevant to their school.
Q: How does Pulse integrate into your life?
I use Pulse daily. As a software engineer and founder at CollegeBlender, I’m interested in tech, social media, higher education, and the intersection between those three. My Pulse pages are structured around these topics I care about. Part of CollegeBlender is spreading news that is relevant so I need to stay current on those different industries and Pulse’s interface allows me to surface all these topics. With the multitouch, scrolling, and grid-feature, I can take in information incredibly fast. Also, sharing is easy as you don’t need to leave the app to do it.
Q: What features would you like to see in Pulse?
I would love to see user pages for people with a Pulse account—get friends clued into what I’m all about. That’d be awesome. The Pulse team has been pretty responsive to user feedback so I’m excited to see what’s next.
Want to hear more of Dan’s musings? Follow him on Twitter.
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