FOUNDERS

John V. Riccione

Founder & CEO

John V. Riccione is the Founder and CEO of Classmate, LLC, incorporated in 2017. John is a fifth-year Mechanical Engineering undergraduate student at Purdue University. With a background in engineering and experience in the aerospace industry, he is accustomed to challenging and fast-paced environments. He has had engineering roles at four past aerospace companies, including Engineering Intern for the Mars 2020 Rover at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory and Systems Engineering Intern at Jeff Bezos’ Blue Origin. Since he is a student at Purdue, John has first-hand experience with the problem Classmate is attempting to solve.

PROFILE

We are creating a collaborative environment for college students. An easily-accessible central platform is required for students to instantly meet and converse with their classmates. Classmate is a mobile application designed to bring students together as early as the first day of classes. Other existing resources put the task on one person to set up a group chat for the entire class. This can be awkward and may lead to some students being left out. With Classmate, the classes are the groups. There is no confusion as to where students should go. Students simply add all of their classes for the term and start chatting.

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Purdue University, West Lafayette, IN
Purdue@WestGate, Odon, IN