Pooja Nath’s new company Piazza allows students to get study help online from professors and fellow students.While a first year student at Stanford Graduate Business School, she conceived of the site for homework help in 2009. Evelyn Rusli describes how Piazza works in the New York Times,
Students post questions to their course page, which peers and educators can then respond to. Instructors moderate the discussion, endorse the best responses and track the popularity of questions in real time. Responses are also color-coded, so students can easily identify the instructor’s comments.
Although there are rival services, like Blackboard, an education software company, Piazza’s platform is specifically designed to speed response times. The site is supported by a system of notification alerts, and the average question on Piazza will receive an answer in 14 minutes.
Ms. Nath worked briefly for Facebook before starting B-School. However, her entrepreneurial zeal gets in the way of classwork. She failed entrepreneurship class because of low attendance.