Category : Articles

09 Aug 2013

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Choosing the College That’s Right For You

Application season is just around the corner! DecisionDesk works with students applying to college programs every year, and we’ve learned a thing or two about the application process. But before you start filling out your applications, here’s some advice on finding the college or university that’s right for you.   Pick a location that fits. Apply to colleges in places where you think you’ll be happy. For example, if you hate cold climates and snow, avoid applying to colleges in […]

02 Aug 2013

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DecisionDesk Partners with Venture For America

DecisionDesk is very excited to announce its partnership with Venture For America (VFA), a company that recruits the most talented college grads from top-tier colleges and universities in the United States and places them at startups and small businesses across the country. As the number of early-stage startups and small companies increases, VFA prides itself on exposing college grads to the tools they need to thrive in this niche market and ideally become entrepreneurs on their own.   Young Professionals […]

29 Jul 2013

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DecisionDesk on Bloomberg TV: Streamlining the Application Process

Hey All!  Just a quick blogpost to let everyone know that our CEO, John Knific, was interviewed today on Bloomberg TV on “Money Matters”.  In the interview, John discusses DecisionDesk’s founding and product. It’s a great piece that represents our company and product vision so well.  Check it out!!  

17 Jul 2013

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Recording Suggestions

As you begin to apply for performing arts programs, the need for a high quality audio and video recording becomes very apparent. Many programs are accepting recorded auditions and prescreening submissions, so making a good first impression is key. This process can become very expensive, so here are some recording suggestions for equipment to use to create a quality audio/video audition:   Lighter Budget Recording Equipment (<$250) Zoom Q2HD These devices are your best bet for an affordable and quality recording with little hassle. Built into these […]

26 Jun 2013
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Being Entrepreneurial, and Why That’s Important: an Interview with DecisionDesk’s Co-Founder & Chief Business Development Officer, Marc Plotkin

As part of an ongoing effort to help the world learn more about DecisionDesk, what we do, and what we’re interested in, I sat down with our Co-Founder and Chief Business Development Officer, Marc Plotkin, to pick his brain on the issues the we as a company face on a daily basis.  Here’s what he had to say:   What got you interested in starting your own company? I never had a specific interest in starting my own company; however, […]

17 Jun 2013

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Ohio Startup DecisionDesk Now Supporting Entrepreneurship Immersion Week

The Entrepreneurship Education Consortium (EEC), a group of educators dedicated to promoting both the concept and the reality of Entrepreneurship among college students of all disciplines, is now using a Northeast Ohio software startup called DecisionDesk, to support its Entrepreneurship Immersion Week. DecisionDesk, a service that helps organizations evaluate multimedia-rich applications will now help the Consortium screen students’ business plan presentations and assess the knowledge participants gain as a result of the intensive one-week experience. The inclusion of the new […]

03 Jun 2013

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DecisionDesk Acquires ArtsApp Audition Software

DecisionDesk announced today that it has acquired ArtsApp, a software-as-a-service company that allows arts organizations to digitally manage their media auditions. DecisionDesk, a software service company that already manages the submissions processes of over 200 organizations across a range of industries, will now help each of ArtsApp’s clients manage thousands of submitted auditions every year by converting their various programs to DecisionDesk.   The DecisionDesk – ArtsApp Acquisition ArtsApp was an attractive company for acquisition as they had a similar […]

20 May 2013

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DecisionDesk Now Managing Applications for World Federation of International Music Competitions

Lakewood, OH — (May 20, 2013) — The CEO of DecisionDesk, John Knific, announced the company’s newest role as the exclusive auditions manager for the World Federation of International Music Competitions (WFIMC).   The World Federation of International Music Competitions Founded in 1957 and located in Geneva, Switzerland, the WFIMC maintains a network of internationally recognized organizations dedicated to discovering the most promising young talents in classical music and jazz through public competitions. Over 120 of the world’s leading music competitions belong […]

16 May 2013

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UnCollege Movement Enlists DecisionDesk To Help Screen Gap Year Program Applicants

UnCollege, the social movement started by Dale J. Stephens, which aims to change the popular notion that attending college is the only way to become successful, is now using DecisionDesk to screen applicants for its UnCollege Gap Year program. DecisionDesk, a service company that helps organizations evaluate multimedia-rich submissions, will now help facilitate the application process for the Gap Year program by enabling UnCollege to easily accept and review digital videos, applications, and recommendation letters submitted by applicants through an […]

15 May 2013
Jazz pianist and ed-tech entrepreneur John Knific

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MajoringInMusic.com: Starting a Business as a Music Major

How does a music major shift gears and start a business? Ask John Knific, pianist-turned-entrepreneur. He’s living proof of how vision, hard work, and a commitment to turning failure around to meet customer demand have resulted in success. Knific was a double-major in biology and music at Case Western Reserve University, with plans to go to medical school. In his junior year, he had what he calls an “Aha! moment.” The rest is history. Along with Marc Plotkin, an audio […]