Last year, KegFLY gave OU students ways to find deals in Athens to help soften the blow of expensive college living. For example, pay $15 and get $35 to spend at Zoe’s Fine Dining. KegFLY also hosted many events on campus, plus 8Fest ticket deals.
Maxx Blank and Zac Sebo, 2010 OU graduates and the founders of KegFLY, decided for personal reasons to put the business aside last year. Now, Sebo is back with a new group of entrepreneurs and a new business: Campus Shift.
Sebo, along with two Kent State alumni, Chris Haynes and Dan Fisher, Akron alumnus Derek Hoake and Bowling Green alumnus Darren Mills, came together to create Campus Shift after getting hooked up through Cleveland’s LaunchHouse, a “pre-seed investment fund and business accelerator that invests just enough capital to get an idea off the ground,” LaunchHouse’s website states.
The main idea behind Campus Shift involves three ideas: search, swap and save.
Campus Shift will have an innovative textbook search where students in Athens can also swap with other OU students. The textbook portion started because of Haynes’ previous work with a company called BookDefy.
“We are going to find people on campus that have the book that you are looking for and we’ll actually be able to set you guys up on campus in a safe location at a business uptown and you’ll be able to swap books,” Sebo explains.
Textbook swapping will run off a credit system. A search engine will allow students to view the prices of the book on other websites and also through the swapping system of Campus Shift.
“One credit is equal to one dollar. If it is worth 15 credits you spend $15 dollars on that instead of $40 or $50 dollars on another website or $100 in the store,” Haynes says. “You take those credits and put them into Joe Schmo’s account. You basically transfer them in our system.”
A “fair market value system” scours the Internet and marks the price for students’ books in between a range of the high and low prices that other websites have it selling for.