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The Studentpreneur Show Episode Seventeen: Taking Advantage of College Accelerators – With MyFetalLife creator, Riya Shah

College, General, Media, Mobile, Podcast By November 29, 2019 No Comments

“Age is just a number.”

High school senior Riya Shah developed the concept for her business, MyFetalLife, when she was just a freshman, at age 15. Taegan interviewed Riya on The Studentpreneur Show about her amazing story of building a business while still roaming high school halls.

Riya was inspired by her mother’s pregnancy with her. Being the first child, the pregnancy with Riya held lots of unknowns and new experiences for her parents. Her mom traveled to the hospital several times due to Braxton-Hicks contractions, which, Riya adds, developed more stress and anxiety for her parents.

What is MyFetalLife?

Wanting to help women navigate their pregnancy with more peace of mind, Riya patented her concept and started MyFetalLife.

MyFetalLife is now an app with over 12 thousand users!

The app now contains numerous features beneficial for women trying to conceive through birth. The app also hosts a forum for women who have used the app to share their stories and opportunities for families to engage by sharing their due date predictions.

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This free app for pregnant women offers many beneficial features throughout pregnancy.

How did a 15-year-old high school student learn how to start a business?

Riya shares that her family was incredibly supportive–always helpful at any age and any endeavor.

One of the most beneficial experiences she had when starting MyFetalLife was enrolling in the LaunchIt program at the University of Louisville. While Riya was the youngest person in the program, she learned how to create a business plan, start, and run her business in this ten-week business accelerator.

Like most businesses, Riya also has the guidance and support of a board of advisors, investors, and a great tech team. Riya’s mom also helps her make wise decisions through it all.

Over the past couple of years, Riya and her team have learned so much about building a sustainable business. First, the app already has a strong partnership with the American Pregnancy Association, which further legitimizes their resources for women. They have also come across a few hurdles. By listening to their customers and anticipating needs they now have a thriving app that helps over ten thousand pregnant women through this free service.

Riya reminds us that “age is just a number.”

Inspired by Riya? Us too! With passion and support, we can all do anything!

Listen to the full Studentpreneur Show episode HERE!

Share the free MyFetalLife app with someone who can use extra support during her pregnancy.

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#1 Site to Sell Used Textbooks

Media, News By February 14, 2015 No Comments

BookScouter affiliate, Kyle Taylor, founder and editor of ThePennyHoarder.com, posted an article today on DailyFinance.com titled, “For an A+ in Selling Used Textbooks, Learn About These Sites“. BookScouter.com was mentioned as the number one resource for selling used textbooks. His excerpt of BookScouter is below.


BookScouter is a great site. I used it to make up to $750 a month selling textbooks, and depending on which books you have at hand, you can make some serious cash.

When you put a book’s ISBN into BookScouter, it scans a bunch of different book reselling sites and displays what each reseller is currently offering for that title. You get to pick the offer you like best and then ship your book directly to that reseller, who pays by PayPal or check.

To get an idea of what these different resellers offer, let’s test a random textbook: the seventh edition of “Principles of Microeconomics,” by N. Gregory Mankiw, ISBN 9781285165905. It was published in January 2014, and its publisher, Cengage Learning, gives $271.95 as the list price.

On, BookScouter, the highest offer came from RentText at $91.55, and the lowest offer was eTextShop at $41.25. Not bad, right? Here’s a little more information about BookScouter:

Pros:

  • The site compares offers from many different textbook resellers.
  • BookScouter [vendors] pay primarily by PayPal or check.

Cons:

  • Doesn’t share reseller guidelines on acceptable book condition. Instead, it routes you to the reseller’s website, where you’ll have to search for them. If you send in a book that is determined to be unacceptable, you won’t get paid.
  • According to their FAQ: “BookScouter is not very useful for selling rare, collectible or antique books.”

If you’d like to hear Kyle’s other four recommended sites for selling used textbooks, see the full article on DailyFinance.com. Or, if you want to keep up with other penny-pinching ideas, visit Kyle’s personal site, ThePennyHoarder.com.

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