Students are at the heart of our mission here at Boundless. To get our digital textbooks to our audience, we work with amazing college students every semester! We’re currently recruiting students to to work for Boundless in our Campus Marketing Program for the Fall ’13 semester. Check out this press release we just put out abou the program and apply now!
Boundless Seeks On-Campus Leaders to Fuel a Revolution
Work for Boundless, Get Paid to Free Students from Traditional Textbooks!
BOSTON, MA –(Marketwired – May 22, 2013) - Boundless, a learning company offering online textbooks, refuses to accept that college students have to spend hundreds of dollars on textbooks each semester. That’s why today the startup is searching for students to help lead the revolution to bring free and low-cost online textbooks to their classmates. Boundless is now hiring students who have the perfect balance of passion, hustle, social reach, and of course, organizational skills for the Boundless Campus Marketing Program.
The Boundless Campus Marketing Program is about spreading the word about Boundless’ high-quality, low cost alternatives to traditional textbooks in a grassroots way. Students will be hired as Campus Marketing Managers to help classmates sign up for Boundless textbooks – and save a boatload of money while in school.
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If we love anything here at Boundless, it’s sharing knowledge and competing with ourselves to do as well as we possibly can. These two passions mingled recently, as we hosted our very own trivia night with other Boston startups and educations pros, with friends from Yesware, Boston University, and Everfi. Here’s how we made trivia an evening of competitive fun from our own office.
Seek Out the Trivia Experts
We got our trivia questions and gear from Geeks Who Drink, a pub trivia quiz modeled after those in Ireland and the UK. These Geeks helped us with questions on everything from Arrested Development to the Bible. Some of our favorites were:
- How much does Sriracha spend on advertising each year?
- The Sydney Swans and North Melbourne Kangaroos both play what sport?
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This week, Boundless announced the growing popularity of our digital textbooks at colleges across the US. Our huge growth this semester was nationwide, but at schools in Massachusetts, Florida, and Illinois we saw some great stats. For example, Boundless textbooks were used by 61% of students in intro-level psychology classes at Northeastern!
Some local reporters picked up on this exciting news. Lauren Landry at BostInno wrote,
At Boston University, Boundless has seen a 290 percent increase in student usage since launching on the campus in the fall of 2012. More than 20 percent of the school’s introductory financial accounting classes feature Boundless materials, according to data the team pulled based on users self-reporting which classes they are in.
Kyle Alspach at Boston Business Journal also included a note about our textbooks. He said,
Boston online textbook startup Boundless said Monday that Boston University and Northeastern University are both seeing a high degree of usage of its online materials for courses including accounting and psychology. Read more »
Today, Boundless announced the growing popularity of our textbooks in entry level classes at major universities across the US. This semester, we saw huge growth at schools in Florida, Illinois, and Massachusetts. At the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, Boundless textbooks were used by a whopping 45% of students in intro-level psychology classes! Check out more stats about how students are using our books in the press release below.
Boundless Textbooks Surge in Popularity for Spring Entry Level Courses
College Students at Northeastern, Florida State, University of Illinois and More Choose Affordable, Interactive Alternative to Printed Textbooks
BOSTON, MA–(Marketwired - May 13, 2013) - For decades, college students have resigned themselves to spending hundreds of dollars on textbooks. But now Boundless, a learning company offering online textbooks and study tools, is completely challenging the traditional cost structure for university-level knowledge. Today, Boundless revealed the rapidly growing popularity of the company’s online textbooks and study tools in entry level classes at universities across the U.S. Boundless’s textbooks are affordable, high-quality alternatives that use expert-curated open educational resources (OER) found online to replace the expensive books typically assigned for classes.
Boundless’s online textbooks and study tools have been available since 2012 to students in all states. These books are now being used widely across campuses, with the latest Spring 2013 data showing: Read more »
Being a block away from one of the Boston’s largest transportation hubs means our team at Boundless sees its fair share of people who are confused or lost, and sometimes these individuals make it to our door to ask peculiar questions. Though their questions may seem random and uneducated at the point of contact, their outside perspectives tell us a lot about what our office and company culture looks like from the street.
With our huge first floor windows opening out to the street, passersby have ample opportunity to peek inside and decide for themselves what it is we do. Oddly, several are bold enough to walk right up to our door or or poke into our open window and ask probing details about Boundless. Check out these random questions our team has gotten from our perch in the Leather District.
Is this an Internet cafe?
With so many travelers wandering around Boston’s South Station, it’s inevitable a confused lad or lass will pour over onto our block. As it turns out, some of them are seeking ze ol’ web. The overabundance of Apple products in our office may look like a sophisticated Internet cafe, but really we’re all stationed here full time, not just to check out hostels and tourist spots in Beantown.
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Our engineering team at Boundless is always iterating our app to make the learning experience efficient and fun. They’re focusing on the “fun” part recently, and have taken it to the extreme. Here’s a sneak peak at the Boundless app with a magical makeover.
Though the presence of unicorns and rainbows hasn’t been scientifically linked to better learning outcomes, we think it makes a difference! At a bare minimum, it adds some sparkle to your studies—and who wouldn’t want a little bedazzlement? Add some more magic to your online experience by checking out Cornify.
While these magical updates might not make it to your textbooks in the fall, you can check all Boundless free textbooks anytime.
The team at Boundless is excited and honored to be nominated for a NEVY Award, the first ever awards party by the New England Venture Capital Association. We’ve been nominated in the Hottest Startup category for bringing free textbooks to students at more than 2,000 colleges across the country. We’re joined by other terrific Boston-area companies in our category, including Hadapt, Kinvey, Nanigans, Actifio, Hubspot, and Wayfair. Boundless is proud to be in such great company in the Boston tech community.
Congrats to all others who have been nominated! We’ll see you at the awards party on May 1.
Today’s textbook market is broken. Textbooks remain the core content for most courses in higher education, but this market operates “cartel” style – meaning students have less choice in price and products for their own education. The textbook publishing market is an oligopoly, with over 80% of the textbook market controlled is by the top 4 publishers: Pearson, Cengage, Wiley and McGraw-Hill.
This market was never designed to give students a choice. In the textbook cycle, publishers use aggressive sales tactics to acquire professors’ business. These professors then assign their students a textbook for class—and it’s the students who have to pay for the books. Students have little choice as to what book they use for class; many feel compelled to use the assigned text to get a good grade.
The cost of textbooks has risen 812% in the past 30 years—that’s more than healthcare costs, housing prices, and college tuitions, all of which have risen faster than the rate of inflation. Now, students are spending an average of $1,200 a year on textbooks and course materials at public four-year colleges.
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As the school year winds down, Boundless wants to know how you take on and conquer final exams. We’d like to see your top tips for dominating finals and in return, we’ll send a lucky few participants a Boundless care package! Interested in participating? Follow these simple steps to share your tips:
1. Take a snapshot of what gets you through finals and put it on Instagram!
2. Caption your entry with a brief description of your tip and add the hashtag #BoundlessFinals.
3. After 3 weeks, hold tight and keep an eye out! We’ll be choosing a few participants at random to receive a Boundless care package! The same care package recipients will also get their finals tips featured on our blog.
Bonus: Follow Boundless on Instagram to see what others are submitting. You can find us @GoBoundless!
Need some inspiration? Here are some #BoundlessFinals samples made by some of us at Boundless HQ:
Get started! Send us your #BoundlessFinals tip!
You don’t have to live in a tech hub like San Francisco or Boston to make a huge contribution to disruptive startups. When I was a student at Florida State University, I worked as a Campus Rep for Boundless to educate my fellow students about free, digital textbooks—and now I work for Boundless full time in Boston leading our Campus Marketing Program for colleges across the country!
Our Campus Marketing Program is made up of strong marketing teams who lead a textbook revolution at college campuses from Maine to California. These teams include a Marketing Manager who will manage a team of Campus Reps and a Social Media Rockstar who will tie in social media efforts to the team’s strategy. If you’re outgoing, enthusiastic and want to be part of something that reaches far beyond your campus, then we want to talk to you!
That’s me in the middle with the rest of my team – and our office mascot!
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