Peek into the luggage of any Stuyvesant debater, Model UNer or athlete on the road for a competition, and you’ll find photocopies and laptops crammed into already over packed bags. They, along with many other professionals who must travel, are faced with the predicament of getting work done while away from home.
Two Stuyvesant students, seniors Gosha Kolyshev and Peter Wysinski, have found a solution. Their computing startup, called Skyite, is an online service that provides users with a desktop hosted on the Internet. This makes your computer documents, pdfs and pictures available online and ready for you to access. The concept behind Skyite was that everything from mail to office suites was becoming an application that is run in a web browser rather than on a user’s computer. With the increasing amount of bandwidth available, the desktop is the next thing that will move to ‘the cloud.’
Users would have access to a powerful system that would keep all their files and settings regardless of where they logged in from. “There isn’t anything like this on the web at this point,” Wysinski said. “If we had to compare it to something it would probably be a mix between a VPN solution, OnLive and Chrome OS. Our service is the first to offer a virtual desktop which is accessible from any computer with a web browser.”
The program is currently capped at 250 registered users, 60 of which are active and sign in at least once every two days. In the short term, the two entrepreneurs are working with advertisers and experimenting with various compression techniques to offer a better experience for their users. Furthermore, they are upgrading their security in order to offer service to corporate users who have shown an interest in their service. They seem confident, however, that their idea can continue to grow and expand.
“The thing behind entrepreneurship is passion for what you are doing and never giving up. If you keep an open mind to suggestions and stick to your idea, it will work out in the end,” Wysinski and Kolyshev said in an email interview.
Wysinski has had prior experience with start-ups, having worked on a Session Initiated Protocol trunk call routing service. Kolyshev has not had previous experience with start-ups, but he programs for Stuyvesant’s robotics team and Stuypedia along with seniors Christopher Natoli and Robert Juchnicki.
“It is difficult because you’re often a lot younger than the people with whom you’re working,” Wysinski said. “But as they learn more about you they begin to see that while there is a big difference between a 17 year old and a 35 year old, the 17 year old still sometimes has interesting ideas.”