Skate is developing a next-generation software platform to
streamline productivity and collaboration in the college environment.
Harnessing the power of the latest technologies like the Tablet
PC, .NET and web services, Skate caters to customers ranging
from students, faculty, and researchers to universities and
learning communities - all sharing the vision of technology
accelerated learning. Launched by Caltech graduates in early
2001, Skate has had early support from EFP, Caltech and Microsoft.
>Vikram Dendi is the third son of a small
town teacher couple from Southern India. His journey
to pursue his dream in the field of Computer Human Interaction
has taken him half way around the world, first to a
school in Kansas and then to California. Vikram conceptualized
Skate in his junior year at Caltech and joined the EFP
after graduating with Honors in June 2002. Vikram brings
unique experiences having worked with visionary leaders
such as Jay Walker, Vikas Kapoor, and Bill Gross. After
learning the ropes in stints at Walker Digital and various
startup companies, he spent last summer realigning a
pre-dotcom New York company to the post-dotcom world.
He recently wrapped up a two year assignment for Microsoft
after dramatically changing campus perspectives towards
the company and being instrumental in architecting the
Caltech-Microsoft IT partnership. Vikram hopes to use
his experiences in the EFP towards his greater goal
of changing the way the world interacts with computers.
>Cesar Gonzalez has lived in Peru, Argentina,
Columbia, Libya, England, France, and the United States.
This lifestyle has afforded him a unique world view
which he brings to the EFP, as well as fluency in English,
Spanish, and French. He has a BS in Electrical &
Computer Engineering from Caltech and a strong interest
in entrepreneurship, which led to his choosing the Entrepreneurial
Fellowship Program after graduation. An avid learner,
he joins the EFP to understand the intricacies of starting
a software venture.