“Be willing to experiment and fail, a lot of people go into business and they are looking to never make any mistakes, that’s not the way to succeed…most importantly, listen and look for breakthroughs and ideas that haven’t been out there,” Michael Dell, Dell CEO said.
Dell has come a long way from former UT student to now the CEO of a multibillion dollar company.
Like Dell, a fellow roadrunner has the talent with his development of an information network that can enable students to visit Kommingle over Facebook.
Anton Moczygemba, junior computer science major, had an idea his freshman year. He experimented, failed, but continued to persevere leading to the breakthrough of becoming the future Michael Dell with his revolutionary development of the “information network,” Kömmingle.com. Moczygemba has always been an avid learner; from the age of eight he started teaching himself HTML during the summer. Since then, he has acquired seven computer certifications. Moczygemba further developed his passion in The Engineering and Technologies Academy (ETA) at Roosevelt High School.
Moczygemba noticed a lot of groups had outdated Web sites and many of them were thriving until the web master left. Kommingle’s information network provides internal and external information with a privacy setting. For example, the officers of the same organization can have a completely different calendar than the members and the data is derived from the same group.
Launched Nov. 11, Kömmingle.com is a free information network designed for all groups, organizations, sororities, fraternities and group projects only to name a few. The Web site calculates hours, mobilizes chat rooms, virtually signs-in members at events with a pass code, advertises for local and corporate businesses and provides money-saving discounts to your favorite restaurants nation-wide.
Unlike other social networks such as Facebook and Twitter, Kömmingle separates itself from the rest by providing, “one word, privacy,” Moczygemba said. The whole Web site is encrypted providing a secure connection.
“When you have a status [on Kömmingle] it is only for your friends, not your friends of friends or your friends of friends of friends,” Moczygemba said. “The whole thing is opt-in and not opt-out.”
Moczygemba explained that instead of your friends labeling you in a particular group, they will invite you to a group, giving you the freedom to accept or reject the invitation.
If you’re wondering why it is called “kommingle,” it’s all based on the design. As stated in Merriam Webster’s dictionary, commingle means “to blend thoroughly into a harmonious whole.”
“The reason I chose K, to be totally honest the domain name was taken, the c was taken OK, change it to K,” Moczygemba said.
Moczygemba’s team includes Chief Financial Officer, Sergio Flores; Chief Creative Officer, Jessica Ballard and testers Chelsea Hicks and Nathaniel Ng. Kommingle accepts donations; however the Web site is free of charge and ads begin at 40 cents a day.
This week, Moczygemba will talk more about Kommingle on Rowdy Radio. If you would like to check out the newest information network or chat, upload photos, set agendas, and enjoy a more private atmosphere with your friends sign-up at Kommingle.com.