Classbox is an mobile application developed for college students to easily check their course calendar and connect with others who are attending or interested in the same courses.
Classbox has collected course information from about 3,000 universities in China. After input basic educational information, such as your university, faculty and time of enrollment, you can choose your own classes out of curriculum information and your personal course calendar can be generated. It is a very handy tool for college students as with Classbox it’s quite convenient for them to check class information, including lecturer, time and place etc. Of course, it can also serve as a reminder and a notebook to make sure you won’t be late for the classes and take note. Classbox also comes with social networking features. Users can see other registered classmates who have taken the same courses. They can send them friend requests, even chat with them online.
It’s quite a smart idea to develop applications for campus students as more and more students have their own smart phones. Classbox is developed by the team of Jihua.fm which aims at events and activities sharing. Jihua.fm encourages users to share activities you participate or discover and to make friends during participation. But after running for a period, the team found it only gains popularity in IT and startups circles. So after the brainstorm with the team, Classbox took shape, an app targeting at students’ activities.
The team behind Classbox has only four staff, including co-founders Li Tianfang and Wang Ran. Li Tianfang used to be a software engineer in Microsoft, and then entered a Silicon Valley startup and later Innovation Works. Before Wang Ran joined Jihua.fm, he was COO of Buding.cn (an e-coupon mobile platform), one project also invested by Innovation Works.
According to Li Tianfang, this application has gained 120,000 registered users from roughly 2,000 universities in just 10 days after launching without any promo activities.The startup was funded by Infinity Venture Partners, and now is seeking a new round of funding.