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Piazza - Inc.

Inc. (4/8/14)

What Recruiters Need to Know About EdTech-and the Expanding Talent Pool

Most of the focus on innovations in education-MOOCs, for starters, but also less formal online learning communities like Codecademy or Lynda-tend to focus on two things: the looming disruption of traditional education and the opportunity for just about anybody to sharpen their skills...

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Piazza - Fox Business

Fox Business (2/26/14)

Site wants to be the LinkedIn for top tech talent

Piazza CEO Pooja Sankar on how the career service helps companies’ hiring process as well as those looking for a job...

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Piazza - TechCrunch

TechCrunch (2/25/14)

With Box, Yelp And Palantir On Board, Piazza Lands $8M From Khosla To Bring Recruiting To Its Social Q&A Platform For Students

This week, after a lengthy beta testing period, the startup officially unveiled a new service and recruiting tool, called Piazza Careers, which allows companies to find and connect with top talent and potential job candidates...

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Piazza - Wall Street Journal

Wall Street Journal (2/24/14)

In Race to Find Tech Talent, Piazza Opens College Homework Site to Recruiters

Piazza, an online study network popular with college engineering students, wants to help tech startups compete in the war for talent. A new recruiting tool called Piazza Careers lets companies connect with potential job candidates among the more than one million students who use the site...

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Piazza - NPR

NPR (4/3/13)

Does Leaning In Actually Work For Women At The Starting Line?

Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg has been both criticized and praised for asking women to speak up and advocate for themselves in their careers. But what does her advice mean for younger career-minded women? Host Michel Martin gets some answers from Viviana Hurtado, of the Wise Latina Club; Pooja Sankar, the CEO of Piazza, a website for college students...

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Piazza - TechCrunch

TechCrunch (2/20/13)

Founder Stories: Piazza’s Pooja Sankar Proves That If You Can’t Find The Right Co-Founder, Build It Yourself

I recently had the pleasure of meeting Piazza founder Pooja Sankar and learned how her struggles in school inspired her to build an online question-and-answer platform for students to learn together. During our discussion, Pooja shared her story of feeling isolated in her studies and how that empowered her to learn Ruby on Rails and build a prototype that she pitched directly to professors...

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Piazza - Fortune

Fortune (2/19/13)

Rethinking the online education revolution

I met Pooja Sankar two years ago after she founded Piazza, a collaboration platform that facilitates class discussion among students and teachers. Starting with a few students at Stanford, Piazza now is used at top universities such as Stanford and Princeton and MIT and in 25 countries around the world...

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Piazza - Mac Rumors

MacRumors (1/23/13)

Stanford Again Offering iPhone App Development Course Free on iTunes U

Stanford University is again offering the iOS 6 edition of Paul Hegarty's well-regarded iPhone and iPad application development course free on iTunes U. This year, Stanford is running the course on Stanford's Piazza collaboration platform -- the same social learning service that Stanford students use -- as well as iTunes U. This setup allows students to assist each other and get more...

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Piazza - Business Journal

Silicon Valley Business Journal (12/7/12)

40u40: Pooja Sankar

As a shy girl from a traditional part of India, Pooja Sankar found it difficult to communicate with her instructors and classmates while an engineering student. This inspired her to learn new skills to launch a program to help other students worldwide. A decade later, after moving to the United States and while in the process of ending her arranged marriage, Sankar launched Piazza Technologies...

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Piazza - Businessweek

Businessweek (10/2/12)

Women Flock to Startups, Trail in Computer Science

Women in technology say they have plenty of opportunities to start Web-based companies and raise capital, though there are still too few of them studying computer science and taking engineering roles. That’s the message from a group of female executives on “Women to Watch,” which aired yesterday on Bloomberg Television...

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Piazza - The Huffington Post

The Huffington Post (9/19/12)

Female Science Gurus Become Mentors For Undergrad Girls

Women in Technology Sharing Online (WitsOn) is a new six-week pilot program that will connect undergraduate students with prominent female online mentors in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) fields. The program is sponsored by Maria Klawe, president of Harvey Mudd College, and will begin October 1...

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Piazza - Forbes

Forbes (9/18/12)

Mommy CEO: Pooja Sankar On Raising A Baby, A Business And A New School Of Role Models

Pooja Sankar thought long and hard before making the decision to have a child. The 32-year-old founder of college course discussion platform Piazza knew there would be some sacrifices but by the fall of 2011 felt she’d waited long enough: her baby Piazza had received $1.5 million in seed funding and was slowly building a user-base that included Harvard, Stanford and Berkeley...

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Piazza - New York Times

The New York Times (9/16/12)

Online Mentors to Guide Women Into the Sciences

Hundreds of prominent women working in science, technology, engineering and math will become online mentors for college students next month, part of a six-week program to encourage young women to pursue careers in STEM fields. “I think of this as a MOOC — a massive open online course — and a big mentor-fest,” said Maria Klawe, the president of Harvey Mudd College and a sponsor of the project...

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Piazza - The Chronicle

The Chronicle (8/21/12)

What a Tech Start-Up’s Data Say About What Works in Classroom Forums

There’s big talk these days about “big data” in education—looking for patterns of behavior as students click through online classrooms and using the insights to improve instruction. One start-up company that manages online discussion forums for thousands of courses recently performed its first major analysis of behavioral trends among students, and found what its leaders say amounts to advice for instructors...

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Piazza - The Next Web

The Next Web (8/4/12)

The 8 women following Marissa Mayer to major CEO-dom

Earlier this summer, Marissa Mayer’s career took an unexpected leap forward when she became the 19th female CEO of a Fortune 500 Company. But why was it so surprising? Mayer had all the makings for success: a stellar education from Stanford that led her to be one of the earliest, and most successful women of Google. She was named to Wal-Mart’s board of directors, established herself as a major figure in the Bay Area civic scene, and has accumulated a net worth estimated at $300M. All by the age 37...

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Piazza - SFGate

SFGate (7/28/12)

Pooja Sankar juggles motherhood, startup

Three days after giving birth to her son, Pooja Sankar was already fielding phone calls from work. Sankar, founder and CEO of Palo Alto's Piazza, an online gathering place for college students and professors, has only picked up the pace since then. That Yahoo picked Marissa Mayer, due with her first child this year, to be the Internet company's CEO has become the latest fodder in the working mom debate. Should she or shouldn't she? Can a woman "have it all?" And just how does a mother balance the needs of her children and her business?...

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Piazza - Xconomy

Xconomy (7/24/12)

Students Connect Outside the Classroom in Piazza’s Online Forums

This spring, Piazza founder and CEO Pooja Sankar accepted an invitation to an event at the U.S. Naval Observatory in Washington, D.C., celebrating the achievements of women. The Naval Observatory is better known as the Vice President’s Residence. Sankar knew that she would have about 10 seconds in the receiving line to explain Piazza to Vice President Joe Biden and his wife, Jill Biden. If there was ever a time for Sankar to think up the perfect elevator pitch, this was it...

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Piazza - New York Times

The New York Times (7/20/12)

Maternity Leave? It’s More Like a Pause

“You can think of a lot of moms who have more than one child, and do they ever say, ‘I’m going to stop feeding my older child because I have a newborn’?” asked Pooja Sankar, 31, chief executive of Piazza, an online forum for teachers and students to solve problems. Ms. Sankar, who gave birth to her first child three weeks ago, thinks of Piazza as one of her own, too: “I’m the C.E.O. of a company. This ‘child’ depends on me to run, to exist, really”...

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Piazza - The Atlantic

The Atlantic (6/19/12)

Nerds of the World, Unite! iTunes U Just Got Interactive

If you are a nerd, or just an aspiring one, there are few things more fantastic on the Internet than iTunes U. One of the earliest online education initiatives, the feature -- a little corner of the broader iTunes content environment -- brings together video- and audio-recorded lectures from colleges and universities around the world. Want to learn philosophy from Oxford? Download the 41 lectures from the university's eight-week-long General Philosophy course...

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Piazza - Network World

Network World (6/19/12)

Learn how to develop iOS apps (for free!), and Developing Video Content with Camtasia

What a garden of delights we have for you this week. First up, do you want to learn how to build iOS apps? For free? If that sounds like something you'd like to do then yes, there's a course for that. Taught by Stanford University Professor Paul Hegarty and broadcast via iTunes U, the course will run for 10 weeks June 25-Aug. 27 (the course has a FAQ) available. Hegarty's past courses have received rave reviews with some of the lectures being downloaded more than 10 million times...

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Piazza - TechCrunch

TechCrunch (6/19/12)

Stanford Teams Up With Piazza, Apple To Bring Social Features To Its iTunes U iOS Development Class

With over 700 million downloads, Apple’s iTunes U has been a massive success, but unlike other new online learning services like Udacity or Codecademy, it’s missing a social component where students can ask questions and learn from each other. Apple, Stanford University and the Palo Alto-based startup Piazza have now teamed up to bring Piazza’s social learning platform for students, TAs and professors to the next session of Stanford’s highly popular iOS development class on iTunes U...

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Piazza - Vator News

Vator News (6/19/12)

Learn how to code with Stanford and Piazza

Sometimes, while talking to amazing app creators, I start thinking: "I should create an app. I could create some kind of gardening app that will help me keep plants alive longer." It takes a few seconds for the cold, dark reality to set in: I don't know how to code. Well, if you're looking to learn to create a gardening app of your own--or...a better, cooler app--you can always go back to school...

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Piazza - Inside Higher Ed

Inside Higher Ed (6/19/12)

Social Network for Class of 400,000

Stanford University began sharing recordings of events and faculty presentations on iTunes U in 2005, and since then it has steadily increased its online offerings. With the launch of the updated iTunes U app in January, Stanford began to offer supplemental materials, such as assessments, quizzes and exams, with its 13 courses. And this summer, for the first time, Stanford is adding another component to one of its online courses -- interaction with other students...

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Piazza - Forbes

Forbes (6/19/12)

Piazza Makes Stanford's iTunes U App Development Course Social

Apple‘s iTunes U, with more than 700 million downloads, has been a popular place for people to get free online courses. Stanford University has been active in online education, giving away many courses for free on iTunes. Now Stanford is testing a new feature for one of its most popular online courses: social networking...

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Piazza - PC Mag

PC Mag (6/19/12)

Piazza Makes Stanford's iTunes U App Development Course Social

Apple and Stanford University are partnering with startup Piazza in order to bring social components to Cupertino's iTunes U. The iPhone and iPad Development class offered by Stanford has had over 10 million downloads on iTunes U, but until now, it was largely a one-way street with little opportunity for collaboration between students. Piazza aims to change that...

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Piazza - Mac Rumors

MacRumors (6/19/12)

Stanford and Piazza Add Peer Collaboration to iTunes U 'iPad and iPhone App Development' Course

Earlier this year, Apple completely revamped iTunes U with new iPad and iPhone apps as well as new tools that allow teachers to include assignments, books, quizzes and syllabuses with their iTunes U courses. Now, Stanford is taking that a step further by linking the Piazza social learning platform with one of the most popular iTunes U courses -- Professor Paul Hegarty's iPad and iPhone App Development...

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Piazza - Upstart

Upstart Business Journal (6/19/12)

Piazza incorporated into i-course

Piazza, the social site for education, is about to reach a whole lot more people. The startup has made a deal to combine its social tools with the Stanford University iPad and iPhone app development course offered on iTunes U. The course is one of the most popular among the downloads from iTunesU, and Pooja Sankar, Piazza's founder, sees this as just the start for her company...

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Piazza - ABC Local News

ABC Local News (5/18/12)

Silicon Valley start-up offers students homework help

More than 250,000 university students around the world are getting help with their homework thanks to a young woman who defied tradition and launched her own high tech company. Pooja Sankar is expecting a baby in July -- at the same time she's giving birth to a new company, a Silicon Valley start-up called Piazza...

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Piazza - All things D

All Things D (5/10/12)

CEO and Pregnant: Piazza’s Pooja Sankar and Yapp’s Maria Seidman

This year’s Fortune 500 list has more women on it than ever before: 18. It’s a small number, but it’s progress. Still, as the ranks of women leading companies grow, there’s something you very rarely see: A pregnant CEO. Pooja Sankar and Maria Seidman are both first-time founders and CEOs of young, venture-capital-backed tech start-ups. And they’re both pregnant and due this summer. Talk about doing it all...

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Piazza - Daily Wildcat

Daily Wildcat (4/11/12)

Piazza website helps teachers by limiting student emails

Email inboxes can easily become inundated with messages. It can be hard to keep up with the constant stream of communication, especially when you’re the professor of several hundred students. At the UA, there are 39,086 students and a student-teacher ratio of 20.9 to 1, according to the 2010-11 UA Fact Book and the Princeton Review. With that ratio, professors can often become overwhelmed by email communication to and from students...

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Piazza - Women 2.0

Women 2.0 (4/5/12)

Ms. Sankar Goes To Washington

At first I thought it was a phishing scam. I received an email with an image attachment inviting me to meet the Vice President and his wife Dr. Jill Biden at a reception at their official residence in Washington, DC. All I needed to do was RSVP with my social security number. Hah! What kind of idiot falls for that? But whoever put this together had done a nice job on the invitation, which looked very professional and contained none of the usual misspellings...

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Piazza - The Chronicle

The Chronicle (4/2/12)

Using Piazza to Encourage Interaction

In my introductory programming courses, my pedagogy relies heavily on collaborative problem solving during class time. A big challenge for me, until recently, had been getting the “quiet” students in my class to participate in class discussions. (Judging by the ProfHacker archives, I am not alone!) In my introductory programming courses, my pedagogy relies heavily on collaborative problem solving during class time. It took a lot of time, effort and creativity for me to get the whole class “talking"...

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Piazza - The Chronicle

The Chronicle (4/1/12)

Students Endlessly E-Mail Professors for Help. A New Service Hopes to Organize the Answers.

Pooja Sankar may eliminate the need for professors to hold office hours, or to endlessly respond to student questions by e-mail. Ms. Sankar, a recent graduate of Stanford University's M.B.A. program, leads a start-up focused on finding a better way for college students to ask questions about course materials and assignments online. Her company, Piazza, has built an online study hall where professors and teaching assistants can easily monitor questions and encourage students who understand the material to help their peers...

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Piazza - Wall Street Journal

Wall Street Journal (3/28/12)

Start-Ups Try to Crack Education Market

Silicon Valley is going back to school. Education, long a favorite cause among Bay Area philanthropists, is also starting to attract technologists who want to make money in it. That's generating a boom in start-ups trying to make education more efficient. In recent months, Bay Area education-tech companies such as Piazza Technologies Inc., a question-and-answer service for students and teachers, and Desmos Inc., which makes a Web-based graphing calculator, have received new funding...

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Piazza - Times of India

The Times of India (3/24/12)

E-Gurus

There was a time when the idea of e-learning drew smirks. It was considered a dumbed-down, cheap version of earning a degree. But a bunch of smart Indian e-gurus have changed all that by transforming the the landscape of digital education. They are putting together world-class academic content, delivered by the best instructors, on subjects ranging from 18th century European history to public health training and from graphic design to English-speaking skills...

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Piazza - Wall Street Journal

Wall Street Journal (3/23/12)

Watching the Ivory Tower Topple

Turn down the Rihanna. No more bikinis and beer. Spring break is winding down, and college students are heading back to campus—which, if they're at a name-brand school, is the one place, whatever their actual smarts or behavior, that guarantees them approval. Kids don't put Harvard stickers on their rear windshields, parents do...

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Piazza - The Daily Californian

The Daily Californian (3/19/12)

Campus increases use of social media, online platforms for discussion

Due to the inflexibility of current UC Berkeley online discussion forums, campus instructors and administrators are increasingly turning to social media and other online platforms to better communicate with students. Most recently marked by the launch of a campus Facebook application, social media and other nontraditional platforms for discussion are playing a larger role in the campus academic experience...

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Piazza - Mercury News

Mercury News (1/6/12)

Piazza brings Facebook-style forums to college classrooms

Pooja Sankar is a woman who defies convention. Six years ago, she extricated herself from a marriage pushed on her by Indian tradition. Three years ago, she left a job developing one of Facebook's most popular features to attend graduate school at Stanford. And today, she's chief executive of a social media startup called Piazza, which more than 100,000 college students around the world use to collaborate on tough classwork assignments...

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Piazza - TechCrunch

TechCrunch (1/6/12)

Bessemer Leads $6M Round In Q&A Platform For Students And Teachers, Piazza

Piazza, a Q&A platform for students and instructors, has raised $6 million in Series A funding from Bessemer Venture Partners with Kapor Capital and Felicis Ventures also participating in the round. The company is also backed by Sequoia Capital and SV Angel. Piazza’s platform helps classmates share their questions and answers in a format that’s a mixture between a wiki and a forum. Each class gets its own hub for Q&A, and students can bookmark any questions if they’re also eager to find out the answer...

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Piazza - GigaOm

GigaOm (1/6/12)

Piazza gets $6M Series A to help with college homework

Piazza, the social network that lets college students and instructors discuss material online, has closed on $6 million in new funding. The funding round, which serves as the Palo Alto, Calif.-based startup’s Series A, was led by Bessemer Venture Partners with the participation of previous investors Kapor Capital and Felicis Ventures. This brings Piazza’s total outside investment to approximately $7.5 million...

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Piazza - VatorNews

VatorNews (1/6/12)

Piazza raises $6M for social-learning network

When I was in college, we didn't have this great ball of knowledge that we could access for information to help us with our studies. Today, having that information at our fingertips isn't even enough for college students, who might need help with their courses, particularly around exam time...

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Piazza - Portfolio

Portfolio (1/6/12)

From Frustration and Isolation, a Great Business Idea

Pooja Sankar found her passion early and remembered it when it was time to build a business. The native of rural India was one of three women in her class at the prestigious Indian Institutes of Technology. She had to figure out the difficult curriculum with little help or camaraderie from her classmates, many of whom had come from all-male secondary schools, as she watched them interact and learn from each other...

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Piazza - Venture Beat

Venture Beat (1/6/12)

Social network Piazza connects students with their teachers, raises $6M

Piazza, a social network that connects students to their professors, raised $6 million in its first round of funding, the company announced Friday. Piazza is a social network and “online gathering space” that encourages student collaboration under the guidance of professors and teaching assistants. Students can ask their professor questions regarding assignments, collaborate with fellow students on projects and engage in discussions day or night...

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Piazza - Forbes

Forbes (1/6/12)

Pooja Sankar Raises $6M For Her EduTech Startup Piazza To Help College Students With Their Coursework

Pooja Sankar blogged on Women 2.0 a few months ago: “As a teenager, I never went outside alone, spoke to a boy other than my brother, or wore jeans or a short skirt.” The former Facebook engineer went to an all-girls high school in India and then was admitted to IIT Kanpur, India. She was one of a handful of girls in the midst of many boys. Pooja described herself as “shy and studied alone while the boys worked together – benefitting tremendously from the collaboration.”...

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Piazza - All things D

All Things D (1/6/12)

Piazza Raises $6M for College Class Discussion Platform

Piazza, a Q&A service for discussions of college coursework with the approval and participation of instructors, has raised $6 million in a round led by Bessemer Venture Partners and including Kapor Capital and Felicis Ventures. The company said it has 100,000 users — many of them in computer science and math classes — and that its average daily login lasts four hours...

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Piazza - Fortune

Fortune (1/6/12)

Venture capital deals

Piazza, a Palo Alto, Calif.-based Q&A site for students and teachers, has raised $6 million in Series A funding. Bessemer Venture Partners led the round, and was joined by Kapor Capital and Felicis Ventures. Past backers include Sequoia Capital and SV Angel. www.piazza.com...

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Piazza - Reuters

Reuters (1/6/12)

Social-studying site Piazza snags funding

Piazza, a Facebook-alumna created site that is trying to bring a little social-networking pizazz to university education, has secured $6 million in funding from Bessemer Venture Partners, Kapor Capital, and Felicis Ventures. The Palo Alto, Calif.-based site, launched last year, is helping university students collaborate in online study groups under the guidance of their instructors...

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Piazza - India West

India West (12/6/11)

Piazza: An Online Space for Classroom Q&A

Pooja Nath Sankar knows what it’s like when students feel isolated and inundated by information from different sources.To remedy the situation, the Patna native launched Piazza, a free online platform which allows students and instructors the opportunity to post questions and obtain answers in an efficient and clutter-free manner..

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Piazza - CEO World

CEO World Magazine (11/25/11)

Top 20 Women Founders and Entrepreneurs of Technology Companies, who are changing the way we browse web – women behind tech startups

Pooja Sankar (nee Nath) is the CEO of Piazza. Prior to Piazza, Pooja worked at Facebook on their News Feed Team. She was also a developer at Kosmix and a developer at Oracle. She received her Undergraduate degree in CS from IIT Kanpur (India), a Masters in CS from University of Maryland, College Park, and an MBA at Stanford GSB.

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Piazza - Techcrunch

TechCrunch (11/8/11)

Sequoia-Backed Piazza Takes Q&A Platform For Students Mobile With iOS And Android Apps

Piazza, a Q&A platform for students and instructors, is debuting iOS and Android mobile apps, allowing students to share ideas and get answers on the go. Piazza’s platform helps classmates share their questions and answers in a format that’s a mixture between a wiki and a forum...

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Piazza - Vator News

Vator News (11/8/11)

Free Piazza mobile app for Android and iOS takes college classrooms to the cloud

Piazza, the online Q&A interface for college students and instructors, released Tuesday a mobile app for Android and iOS... Also announced Tuesday, Piazza reached a milestone in that its average student user currently stays on the app an average of 4 hours per night...

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Piazza - Bay Area Desi

Bay Area Desi (10/20/11)

Meet Your Neighbor: Pooja Sankar

Pooja Sankar is an IIT'ian and Stanford graduate who founded Piazza so every student can have that opportunity to learn from his/her classmates. An idea (a phenomenon actually!!) conceived in 2009 by a shy girl from a small town in India has seen explosive growth. This year itself more than 900 school campuses and ten thousands of students are taking advantage of free online platform...

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Piazza - Publicyte

Women 2.0 (9/27/11)

Former Facebook Engineer Launches EduTech Startup

As a teenager, I never went outside alone, spoke to a boy other than my brother, or wore jeans or a short skirt. I came of age in Patna, India and that was the way it was. To say I was naïve or sheltered misses how profoundly different traditional Indian culture is from modern American culture...

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Piazza - New York Times

New York Times Schools for Tomorrow (9/22/11)

Piazza Founder Pooja Sankar to Speak at New York Times Sponsored Schools for Tomorrow Conference

Pooja (Nath) Sankar, will join other leaders from education, philanthropy, industry and government at the groundbreaking New York Times-sponsored conference, Schools for Tomorrow, Thursday, September 22. The conference will focus on the role that technology can play in the educational experience and broadening access to quality education for American students.

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Piazza - Xconomy

Xconomy (9/14/11)

10 Surprises of a First-Time Entrepreneur

As a young entrepreneur, I cannot overstate the importance of serendipity. I don’t know whether I’ll ultimately be successful or not, but the success I’ve had so far has been 10 percent inspiration, 90 percent perspiration, and 50 percent surprises. And if you’re saying that this adds up to 150 percent—you’re catching on to my first lesson, which is that it will surprise you how much more it is than you thought: more work, more fun, more pain, more whatever. Your mileage will vary, but here are some of the surprises that I encountered along the way...

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Piazza - Publicyte

Publicyte (8/26/11)

Who to Know: Pooja Nath

Every month at Publicyte, we interview a “rising star” and highlight their work in which they’re using technology for civic good, whether in the private or public sector. This month for our issue on Connectivity, I caught up with Pooja Nath, the founder of Silicon Valley startup Piazza, which makes a real-time software platform that allows students in the same classes to easily collaborate with each other. It’s being used at Harvard, MIT, Berkeley, and hundreds of other schools. The New York Times recently reported that the average student using Piazza spends 2-3 hours on the site connecting with fellow students per day...

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Piazza - Forbes

Forbes (8/26/11)

Piazza's Q-And-A Website Goes Back To School

When college students go back to campus this Fall, many will be using a new website to discuss assignments and help each other out.The site, free student question and answer service Piazza, is the brainchild of former Facebook, Kosmix and Oracle engineer Pooja Sankar, who felt a need for students to be able to connect with each other around their classes. Sankar was one of three women in her computer science class in college in India and had few close friends to ask for help. She sees Piazza as a tool that could’ve helped her when she was in school...

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Piazza - Vator News

Vator News (8/25/11)

Ed. network Piazza sees 100% growth in one month

In a Wednesday morning post about education-focused social network Edmodo, I noted that teachers everywhere can attest to the usefulness of social media as an instructional tool both in and out of the classroom. The fact is: education isn’t limited to the four walls of the classroom. Teachers and students need a way to connect with one another outside of the classroom, which is why many have turned to social media. But tools like Blackboard can only go so far, since they’re only as useful as the professor makes them...

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Piazza - TMCnet

TMCnet (8/25/11)

Academic Collaboration Platform Piazza Reports 10x Increase in Instructor Adoption

Piazza, a provider of online academic collaboration platform for students and instructors, announced it has experienced explosive growth for its Q&A platform with over 10x increase in faculty adoption since the end of January.Since its public availability nine months ago, Piazza now has over 2,500 instructors using its platform across hundreds of schools, according to company officials...

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Piazza - eCampus News

eCampus News (8/24/11)

Free online class discussions spread by popular demand

College students on 900 campuses are taking a grassroots approach to online class discussions, using a popular new platform to create web-based gatherings and prompting their professors to join the real-time back-and-forth.The website, Piazza.com, was first used for a few courses at Stanford University last year as a counter to the top-down approach of universities’ learning management systems (LMS) software, such as Blackboard...

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Piazza - The Huffington Post

The Huffington Post (8/8/11)

18 Female Founders In Tech To Watch

As part of our Women in Tech series, we've hand-picked 18 female tech founders to watch—women who are behind tech startups that are upending industries, changing the way we browse the web, revolutionizing medicine, and much, much more. From fashion to city government, these leaders have noticed opportunities in the market and created companies around them...

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Piazza - New York Times

The New York Times (7/3/11)

Homework Help Site Has a Social Networking Twist

When Pooja Nath was an undergraduate at the Indian Institute of Technology Kanpur, an elite engineering school in India, she felt isolated. She was one of the few women on campus. While her male classmates collaborated on problem sets, Ms. Nath toiled in the computer lab alone. “Back then, no one owned a laptop, there was no Internet in the dorm rooms. So everyone in my class would be working in the computer lab together,” she said. “But all the guys would be communicating with each other, getting help so fast, and I would be on the sidelines just watching.” ...

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Piazza - ACM

ACM News (3/22/11)

When CS Students Need Help ASAP, They Can Now Turn to Piazza

It may not seem like an earth-shattering problem unless you’re a college student with an important test or paper due the next day and all you can rely on for help is a hodgepodge of forums, newsgroups, emails, and instant messages. Pooja Nath was once in that predicament. As a computer science undergrad student at IIT Kanpur, she knew all too well how difficult it was to quickly get advice from professors, teaching assistants (TAs), and other students, so she set out to remedy the situation...

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Piazza - The Stanford Daily

The Stanford Daily (6/3/10)

Piazza, the homework helper

It was 1:30 a.m. and Lucy Richards ‘13 was stuck on the last problem of her Statics problem set, which was due in several hours. From her laptop, the bright blue motto of piazza.com seemed to address her directly — “Stuck? Need help? Just Ask.” Piazza ... is an online platform that claims to provide “high-quality answers for when you’re stuck” by creating a place for students and teachers to share their questions and answers. And it’s available 24-7. “It is not always easy to meet people in a large lecture format,” said Peter Pham ‘11, a Piazza user and team member. “piazza makes it easy to get help at those desperate times when the deadline for an assignment is hours away even if you don’t know anyone.” ...

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Piazza - National Center for Women IT

National Center for Women IT (5/17/10)

Entrepreneurial Heroes Interview: Pooja Nath

Lucy Sanders: Hi. This is Lucy Sanders, the CEO of the National Center for Women & Information Technology or NCWIT. We've got another great interview today with women who have started IT companies, and this is a really interesting one. This is a woman who studied computer science, worked in tech companies, is getting her MBA in Stanford, and also by the way, on the side is starting a company. It's called Piazza and her name is Pooja Nath...

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Piazza - Techcrunch

TechCrunch (2/5/10)

Piazza Gives Classmates An Online Forum To Trade Their Knowledge

Ah, the college library photo. Look through any school’s brochure, and there’s a good chance you’ll see photos of an ethnically diverse group of students pouring over the same math problem together, all of of them inexplicably grinning ear to ear. It’s a nice thought, but unfortunately it doesn’t happen all that often — instead, many students wind up studying alone, and when they can’t figure something out, they’re out of luck. Now, entrepreneur Pooja Nath is looking to turn this kind of group learning into a reality for more students (at least online) with her startup Piazza...

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Technology and Organizations (2/4/10)

Piazza – E2.0 in the Classroom

Andrew McAfee defines Enterprise 2.0 as “the use of emergent social software platforms within companies, or between companies and their partners or customers.” Piazza provides E2.0 for interaction between fellow students and faculty. Interaction and emergence are at the heart of modern business, and ideally, modern teaching. I have used a threaded discussion approach for “course questions and comments” since 2000. Since 2001 I have been adamant that email is for health and personal grading issues only (for more on my thoughts on email, please see Kill Email). Questions and comments should be made where all can see, provide support, and gain value. My approach is an application of transparency for learning...

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