Entrepreneurs of the Week: John Hutchinson & Jerod Sikorskyj

April 24, 2014

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Launch NY is proud to be working with some of the most promising start-up businesses in Upstate New York. Each week we will bring you an interesting story about people with whom Launch NY is working, and who are shaping the entrepreneurial landscape in Upstate New York.

John Hutchinson & Jerod Sikorskyj

Co-Founders, Vidbolt

John Hutchinson

John Hutchinson is the Co-founder and CEO of Vidbolt Inc. John has always had a passion for social products. One of his early ideas was to re-organize Facebook chronologically like a photo album. When Facebook Timeline was later, it was the catalyst that pushed him to brainstorm and create Vidbolt. His educational experience includes: postdoc Harvard, PhD Berkeley, and BA Cornell. He has also worked for NASA.

Jerod Sikorskyj

Jerod Sikorskyj is the Co-founder and CTO of Vidbolt Inc. He is also a web/mobile app developer and project lead at SUNY Buffalo. His educational experience includes: BS Canisius, Computer Science/Physics, BA Canisius, English/Religious Studies. In his spare time, he beats top research universities in robotics competitions with a fraction of the budget.




Our mission at Vidbolt is to create the best social video platform so you can more easily find, discuss, and share the video moments that matter to you. With Vidbolt you can connect with other people to create a shared video experience.

Vidbolt is Twitter for video. It is the simplest and most life-like way to chat about video that you can get at the moment. Vidbolt disrupts how people currently talk about video by allowing them to bolt comments to specific moments in the video. To make it easy for you to find and jump to these hot conversations, we created the heatmap which shows you where to go at a glance. Finally you can join the conversations you want based on your list of friends, relevance and other criteria. There are different ways to use Vidbolt. As a discovery tool, it helps you find the videos and video moments that are generating buzz. Vidbolt is also social. You can watch a video with others and see their comments appear in real time.




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