The Beginning, Part 1

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Welcome to the new DABSquared Development blog. Here the DABSquared Team will start to blog about their insight in the development world. Anything from Apple to Android or Swift to PHP, this will be the place to read about it.

To start off once a week we will post a little bit about how DABSquared started and came to be.

 

The Beginning

To start off lets talk about how DABSquared was started. We were started as the brain child of Douglas and Daniel. They both came from different backgrounds, Daniel in technology Douglas in Graphic Design, and saw tasks in ordinary life that needed improvement. They started off together in middle school modding xboxes and creating custom Halo 2 maps (Before there was such a thing as the iPhone). Then as they went to different schools they slowly went their separate ways seeing each other every now and then. Then in Daniel’s senior year of high school he developed IC Connector for the iPhone which allowed students to view their grades from Infinite Campus on the go for the first time. It was the first of its kind of application to hit the market. Realizing that he only had the skills to make an app functional and not look good Daniel contacted Douglas and he began to create the IC Connector logo and helped reskin the app to something that looked appealing at it’s time. The app became an immediate success with Daniel being featured in the San Jose Mercury News for it and even a cease and desist from Infinite Campus. (Just to change the name. It was originally called Infinite Campus Mobile).

After the success of IC Connector and Daniel’s graduation (Doug had graduated 2 years before him) he went on to pursue Computer Science at Cal Poly, however within the first week it was not the right fit. He dropped that week and came home to pursue app development.

While still attending community college Daniel and Douglas decided that, while IC Connector is great, it did not solve the real problem. The issue with the Student Information Systems (SIS) was that the interfaces were old, clunky and outdated. The schools were running 90’s technology in the age of the smartphone and internet. Douglas and Daniel saw a wealth of Student Information on grades and class performance that were available, but not used. This became their driving factor, to fix the SIS Systems and to make available to the students, parents and teachers something they never had before.

Douglas and Daniel started by trying to develop a full blown SIS System after school and their day jobs. They built a small TUFF Shed office on Daniels backyard and met up after work and school every night to develop a solution. The first version of the application was called Project Grades. It was intended to be a full SIS replacement program that they would sell to the schools and districts incredibly cheap by undercutting the competition.

After meeting with the Director of Technology at San Jose School District they realized how hard of a task it was going to be. They were informed of all the standards that a SIS System needs to fulfill in order to be adopted by a school district. Once they learned of all the standards they consulted with one of their mentors at google, who directed them to make a layer on top of the SIS. This layer would have all the new features they were planning while allowing the school to still use their old and outdated system. This layer would later be called Curveu.

 

To Be Continued… 

 

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