UoN students come up with a networking site

VoSpine

VoSpine is an interest-based networking platform that connects people across the world with similar interests.

VoSpine aims to solve the problem of irrelevant content in most on our social media feeds by ensuring the connections between the users remain most relevant. By connecting you to only people you share interests with across the world, the creators believe that this will give more value to the time people spend online since the users who share more in common are able to have more productive discussions.

The platform, which is yet to launch officially, already has more than 38,000 users across various professional, social and educational levels. There also 3 mentors already signed up to mentor users in the various areas of interests.

VoSpine is set to be launched officially in August, 2016.

Main Founders:

  1. Sidney Rema, a 4rd year Medical student, University of Nairobi. Self-taught programmer while interning at Equity Group.

Sidney Rema was postion 5 nationally in the KCSE results 2012

 

  1. Phelix Juma, also a 4rd year Engineering student, University of Nairobi. Self-taught programmer while interning at Equity Group.

Was one of the top students in KCSE results 2012

 

Both of us have worked on 3 other startups before and this is our 4th one. The 3 other startups didn’t work so well.

  1. There is equally a starting team of 12 (listed at the bottom).- All university of Nairobi students who have worked together in a series of other startups before VoSpine- including Velox Global and E-Study Kenya.

These were also some of the top students across various districts in Kenya in 2012. Three quarters of them got a chance to join the Equity Leadership Programme where they met.

 

Motivation behind creating VoSpine

“In a study by PewResearchCenter, 76% of the internet users are shying away from the social platforms. The prime reason being prevalent inappropriate content and ‘Junk information’ they come across. However, the word ‘inappropriate’ is relative. Due to diversified human interests, one would consider any information that is not in line with one’s interest as inappropriate. Consequently, any information in line with one’s interest makes one deem it appropriate. Thus, VoSpine offers the befitting solution for this.

We wanted to create a platform that could make the time internet users spend online more productive by giving people with common interests a platform to interact and share ideas and their experiences. Sharing such ideas and experiences, sharing opportunities and learning from mentors and Industry professionals can help the users improve in their various fields of interests.

“We hope to revolutionize the future of Social Media.”

 

Why join VoSpine?

VoSpine gives people an opportunity to engage in productive discussions and an incredible opportunity for young people to connect to potential mentors in their various areas of interest. One is able to discover opportunities and explore the worldly experience in line with their interests and passion. It also gives established professionals an avenue to identify, nurture and explore young talents. This creates a balance in society.

A bigger advantage is that VoSpine gives a user an immediate voice. At the point of joining VoSpine, a user has a direct audience of all people across the world who share his/her interests and is a user at VoSpine.

How VoSpine Works

When you sign up to VoSpine, you join particular channels depending on your interests. This could be Technology, Business, Health, Fashion, Religion and many more. Within the respective channels, you are able to meet and interact with people you share that common interest with across the world.

Connect with Business moguls in VoSpine Business, techees in VoSpine Tech, medics in VoSpine Health, avid book readers in VoSpine Book club, fans of sports in VoSpine Sports, incredible photographers in VoSpine photography or share religious matters within the respective religion channels and many more exciting channels. In the respective Channels, you have the ability to:

  • Access and engage people who share your interests. Additionally, engage Mentors/Industry Professionals in your areas of interest
  • Access News items & Articles tailored to your interests
  • Share And Access Opportunities in your areas of interest and stay updated with Upcoming events i.e. summits and symposia among others.
  • Create threads to explore and engage in a wide range of topics and events discussions depending on your interests
  • Interact with people across the word who share your interests and passions
  • Access Information e.g. updates on what’s trending around the world concerning your interests, tips concerning your areas of interest and any other information that the channel members share among themselves.

 

Accessing the platform

VoSpine can be accessed on www.vospine.com on any device. The Official VoSpine Android app can also be downloaded from Google Play Store: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.vospine.app

Revenue generation

VoSpine is already currently running ads in form of promoted posts/ events and opportunities, just like the other existing social media networks like Facebook, Twitter etc.

Additionally, News sites are able to subscribe periodically to have their content targeted to particular users depending on their interests.

So far, we are still running free promotions for our users which expires End of May, 2016. Afterwards, we’ll be charging depending on the impressions on the promoted content.

 

VoSpine Team

The starting team includes young entrepreneurs currently students at the University of Nairobi. Every member in the team has diverse knowledge on entrepreneurship in different sectors of the economy. 75% of the members have had a formal experience in employment with Equity Group after being ranked top 1% nationally in their Final Secondary School Examinations. This explains their profound knowledge and wide interaction with the distinct constituents of the society’s cycle and their sharp analytical problem-solving skills. The team’s roles include: Development of the platform, Marketing, Channel Management among others.

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  1. Sidney Rema – CEO and Co-Founder
  2. Phelix Juma – COO and Co-Founder

EXECUTIVES

  1. Danstan Wanyonyi- Brand and Marketing
  2. Anaklet Koros – Product Management
  3. Peterson Kamiri - Development

 

 

 

CHANNEL GROWTH AND DEVELOPMENT MANAGERS

  1. Peter Maiya- Health Channel
  2. Mark Kiprotich- Technology Channel
  3. Dennis Mbiti Mwondi- Business Channel
  4. Isaac Musili- Photography and Entertainment
  5. Cyrus Wakonyo- Christianity
  6. Stephen Wairia- Science
  7. Michael Omondi- Book Club

 

MARKETING TEAM

  1. Martin Maina
  2. Benjamin Opondo