While many members of the SILS family are working to improve global connectivity and information access, others are developing solutions for problems associated with too much connectivity.
School of Information and Library Science (SILS) at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill alumnus, and former faculty member Fred Stutzman (Ph.D. '11) began developing the productivity-boosting apps Freedom and Anti-Social in 2008. These apps, which allow users to selectively block access to distracting Web sites during specified time periods, generated so much buzz that Stutzman launched a new business venture called 80Pct Solutions.
In June of 2014, Eighty Percent Solutions was one of six businesses selected from a pool of over 130 applicants to win a $46,000 grant from NC IDEA, which recognizes North Carolina-based startups developing promising technology solutions. As founder and CEO of 80Pct Solutions, Stutzman views this award as critical to the success of his new business.
"The grant is a major milestone in the development of the company,” said Stutzman. “We'll use the funds to invest in marketing and growing our staff. We're also very excited to take advantage of the mentoring and resource opportunities available to NC IDEA winners. It is a great honor to join Keona Health as a SILS grant winner." (Keona Health, developed by SILS alumnus, Oakkar Oakkar and Dr. Javed Mostafa, SILS professor, received an NC Idea grant in 2011.)
To learn more about Stutzman's work, visit http://80pct.com.