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Student Startup Moves Operations Online


TeraThought is a mobile app startup powered entirely by students. Our apps have more than 10,000 customers and span a variety of industries from stopwatch/timer apps to green screen solutions to fitness motivation platforms.

I founded TeraThought three years ago in New Jersey, and brought the company to North Carolina when I moved here last summer. We have since provided a real-world startup opportunity to dozens of Durham Academy students.

When the world locked down, we seamlessly transitioned to remote operations. Meetings shifted to Zoom, and with many other extracurricular activities impacted or canceled, we’ve had much more time to pour into this startup.

And time spent productively! We recently entered our flagship product, Poundwise, into an entrepreneurial pitch competition called Quarter Zero (QØ). Competing against 970 other high school startups around the country, we advanced through four rounds of elimination. We were one of only four winners, winning the award for “Best Pitch.” A few members of our team will receive a full scholarship ($4,000/person value) to the QØ Catapult Incubator, where we’ll spend nearly two months this summer growing Poundwise and learning from industry experts.

As physical location matters less, we’ve also begun expanding to high school and college students across the country. Our core team remains DA students, and the new and diverse perspectives are enriching the experience for all of us.

We are committed to continue providing an industry standard experience for our team, and creating products that will improve people’s lives.

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