In a world of constant communication, Conceptboard, a Germany-based online technology company, has created a diverse way to communicate with individuals and groups through its whiteboard technology.
Daniel Bohn and Christian Schröder, the co-founders of the company, developed the idea during their days as IT consultants out of a necessity to communicate in a more seamless manner than using email. The two began researching and developing Conceptboard in 2008 and founded the company in fall 2010. By early 2011, the company launched and is now rapidly approaching the 100,000 user mark.
The technology has also become an education tool for teachers by offering whiteboard technology, meeting software, video conference tools, and the ability for users to create pinboards.
“You have the possibility to exchange documents with your colleagues and students by attaching them to the board,” said Kathleen Fritzsche, vice president of public relation and marketing. “[There is] no need to send any e-mails. Conceptboard works in real-time but also offers access to your boards’ content asynchronously.”
She said the technology was originally created for professional business use, but, since the company began offering education licenses, it is now being used by a large number of educational institutions, including the Metropolitan State University of Denver.
“Conceptboard enhances the interaction in the classroom, giving both teachers and students the possibility to work and communicate on a visual and flexible basis,” Fritzsche said. “We also get a lot of feedback from teachers that students are more interested in the lessons’ content when they use Conceptboard to convey it.”
The company is still currently being venture funded by angel investors, High-Tech Gründerfonds and the Seedfonds Baden-Württemberg, and has raised approximately $500,000.
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