Scholar Hero’s Presentation at Google Pittsburgh: Thrival Innovation 2013

Founder Lee Ngo pitches to an audience at Google Pittsburgh on 9/7/2013. Photo courtesy of No Typical Moments (
Founder Lee Ngo pitches to an audience at Google Pittsburgh on 9/7/2013. Photo courtesy of No Typical Moments (

Has it really been a week since our company’s first major presentation to the Pittsburgh technology
and entrepreneurial community?

After several all-night preparations and collaborations with other teams incubated in the Hustle Den, an incubator owned and operated by Thrill Mill, Inc., we pulled off what felt like the impossible: a concise 5-minute pitch at Google Pittsburgh demonstrating our proof of concept. Here’s a clip of the presentation (scroll to the 1 hour, 17 minute, 36 second mark for our presentation):

Video courtesy of Thrill Mill, Inc. (

Lamentably, the video does not do the presentations justice. It is amazing how much our companies have grown over the last several months. In our case, we were little more than a handful of good ideas that needed to be refined into a bona fide company. For our successes, we must thank Thrill Mill for the opportunity they’ve given us as well as the countless people who have contributed to our development along the way.


Founder Lee Ngo poses with founders Rachel Bane and Jimena Quan of Mix: a salad-themed restaurant for the Pittsburgh community (photo courtesy of Scholar Hero)

Still, we have a long way to go. A few more milestones ahead include:

  • Overhauling the landing page to reflect our new direction
  • Creating a public beta version of our product
  • Securing some early seed funding to help us support that beta
  • Expanding our network via social media (especially this blog)
  • Solidifying our core founding team
  • Generating that first dollar of revenue

How we do after a long day of pitching: The Thrival Music Festival (photo courtesy of Scholar Hero)

Keep an eye on this blog and our landing site for more updates!


Lee Ngo is the founder and executive director of Scholar Hero, Inc. All Rights Reserved.

The New Academic: Electronic Publishing

The article Scholarly Communication and the Continuum of Electronic Publishing is an interesting read for any publishing academic, as it addresses a many Internet publishing concerns. Its three elements of the scholarly publishing model represent the same sharing, communicating, and support that Scholar Hero promotes.

The power to publish.

Empower what you publish.

Publicity: “Primary and secondary audiences may learn of its existence.”

Scholar Hero creates a social space for scholars to share their research for others to find.

Let your voice be heard by others. (Photo Source: Garry Knight

Let your words be seen and your voice be heard. (Photo Source: Garry Knight

Trustworthiness: “The document has been through some social processes that assure readers that they can place a high level of trust…”

Scholar Hero offers a system where peers can send and reserve trusted critique that assures a high quality for their work.

Reach the right peers. (Photo Source: buddawiggi

Reach the right peers. (Photo Source: buddawiggi

Accessibility: “Readers must be able to access the document…”

At Scholar Hero, accessibility means “ease.” Our products curb the hassle of peer review by offering a fun and intuitive interface.

A digital handshake never out of reach. (

A digital handshake never out of reach. (

Scholar Hero thinks critically about academia as it adapts to 21st century technologies. By keeping these three elements in mind, our products will always be relevant to the needs of the modern scholar.

Nathan Repp is a writer for Scholar Hero, Inc.