Q&A With Jeff Kauffman of Huzzaz
Jeff Kauffman, co-founder of Huzzaz, spent some time with us and provided the following insight into Huzzaz and his thoughts. Huzzaz is a company that offers painless way of collecting, watching, and embedding videos on the web.
Company at Glance:
Founders: James Yang and Jeff Kauffman, Jr.
Founded: Launched August 2013
Category: Edtech, Video Curation, Social Network
Product stage: beta
Company Twitter: Request a beta invite @huzzaz
Founder Twitter: @jeffkauffmanjr
ETT: How would you define the space your company works in?
JK: We give teachers a way to build and organize theme-based video collections, which they can easily share with students and other teachers.
We are a place where teachers can organize and collect the best videos around the subjects they are knowledgeable about so they can be shared with students and the rest of the teacher community.
ETT: Why did you start a company, or build a product, in this space? What need or gap do you aim to address?
JK: We wanted to give teachers a way to organize and share valuable content found on YouTube and Vimeo.
We set out to build a tool that addresses several needs and gaps as it relates to organizing and sharing educational videos:
- Teachers now have a place to easily save educational video resources and watch them free of video ads.
- Teachers can also follow other collections based on subjects they are interested in and find more great video content.
- Teachers now have an easy way to share entire video galleries on their own websites and blogs with our video gallery embed feature. If a teacher is using our bookmarklet to collect videos, they can save videos straight from YouTube to a video gallery on their blog. And we think that is pretty cool!
ETT: Why will your product/service work? What makes your approach to this issue different from what others are doing?
JK: Our product works because it’s easy to use and functional. We found a way for teachers to add valuable video content to their own websites and blogs while being a part of a community that is sharing meaningful video collections.
ETT: Could you tell us about other startups or product builds that you have been a part of and what your role was?
JK: This is our first start-up! James is a lead software developer and I’m a professor at the University of North Texas and social media expert.
ETT: Where do you see the education technology market going in the next few years?
JK: We see it growing exponentially. Even though there is already a wealth of information out there, it is jumbled up with a lot of garbage. As we organize and share the good stuff, it will propel itself even faster.
ETT: Please tell us more about your product stage and what we should expect to see from your company in the next 12 months.
JK: We’ve been in beta for about 11 weeks and are continuously adding to our library of educational content as we find more teachers interested in organizing their educational videos and sharing them. You can expect us to keep looking for awesome teachers that want to build educational video resources and share them in meaningful ways. We will also be listening to our community of teachers very carefully and improving Huzzaz as a resource for them to use. At our current pace we will reach over 150,000 members in our community within the next 12 months.
Below is an example of an Abraham Lincoln video collection that was created by Mrs Rhodes, one of our first teachers to join Huzzaz.
Send us a Tweet @huzzaz if you’re a teacher and want to join our community!
Can't wait to check out @huzzaz! (can you send me an invite?) 🙂
— Alicia Mackall (@AliciaMackall) October 25, 2013
EdTech Times thanks Jeff for sitting down with us, and suggests you visit their website:
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