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BookDefy will shrink the 10 billion textbook market by 45% and generate 55% in revenue by helping students swap their books locally.

  • Stage Prototype Ready
  • Industry Internet / Web Services
  • Location Akron, OH, USA
  • Currency USD
  • Employees 2
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Company Summary

Students spend over $1000 per year on textbooks, and in 2011, 70% of students went without a required textbook because of its cost. BookDefy is a social tool that allows students to crowdsource and swap their textbooks locally. BookDefy will help students by buying and selling textbooks - locally - and will enable students to save 55% on their textbooks while offering up to 5 to 8 times more for the students used books than the bookstore.


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    Derek Haake, JD / MBA

    A serial entrepreneur, Derek Haake is the founder of BookDefy. BookDefy is a new type of social network designed to redefine the textbook marketplace by providing students with access to a free textbook swap database. A student for five and a half years, Haake was inspired to create BookDefy after earning his BA in Political Science from the University of Texas at Arlington, his JD and MBA from the University of Akron.

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    Raj Aggarwal, DBA

    Dr. Aggarwal is the former dean of the University of Akron College of Business Administration. Dr. Aggarwal has served on numerous public and non-profit boards. He has been a professor of finance for over 40 years, and has written over 200 articles, books and other publications.