Category : Articles

03 Aug 2011

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IT Martini Interview with CEO John Knific. Getting ready for a big launch.

Our Pitch in Progress We recently had an opportunity to demo the new DecisionDesk platform at an IT Entrepreneur event called IT Martini. Kevin Hiser, the organizer shot this quick interview during the demo. It’s a nice snapshot of our pitch and progress.

07 Feb 2011

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DecisionDesk featured in CWRU Alumni Report with snazzy video

Lakewood, OH — (February 7, 2011) — Case Western Reserve University recently featured DecisionDesk in its Alumni Report. Check us out in their snazzy video!

24 Dec 2010
Citizen Groove Founder John Knific

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Musical Chairs (Inside Business Magazine Feature)

Read the full article by Rebecca Meisser DecisionDesk’s initial venture, a social network for professional musicians, fell flat. Then the Case Western Reserve University entrepreneurs got in tune with their customers and launched a platform to streamline the music school admissions process. In 2007, Case Western Reserve University sophomore John Knific and his roommate Marc Plotkin came up with a seemingly fail-proof idea. The duo, both music majors, saw a huge hole in the number of quality online social networking opportunities […]

27 Sep 2010
Citizen Groove founders Eric Neuman, Marc Plotkin, and John Knific

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DecisionDesk in BusinessWeek! Top 25 Entrepreneurs Under 25

What it does: Software for digitizing music school applications Founders: John Knific, 23; Marc Plotkin, 24; Eric Neuman, 24; Kyle Napierkowski, 24 Website: decisiondesk.com Based: Cleveland Citizen Groove Entrepreneurs Win Businessweek Award Music schools and university music departments typically receive hundreds or thousands of recorded auditions on CD or DVD from candidates. These have to be manually labeled and sent to reviewers who can’t come in to hear them. Four friends from Case Western University­—John Knific, a pianist, Marc Plotkin, a saxophonist, Eric Neuman, […]

23 Jul 2009

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Innovation Fund Announces Investments in Six Technology Start-Up Companies

In the latest round of awards, the Innovation Fund, administered by the Lorain County Community College Foundation, is investing $300,000 in six Northeast Ohio based technology start-up companies. Funds from Ohio’s Third Frontier Program combined with matching local support and contributions from a variety of partners are used to make the Innovation Fund awards. These partners and collaborators include: the Ohio Department of Development, the University of Akron, Youngstown State University, the Youngstown Business Incubator, the Great Lakes Innovation and […]