Storillo's Story Starts at the Sandbox

The following is Thomas Wilkie's account of how Storillo is developing this summer while in Buffalo Student Sandbox.  Thomas and cofounder Tim Adowski are grad students at Daemen College and UB, respectively.   Storillo's "summer story" is full of learning experiences as the company grows from concept and platform to business.


Now this is a story all about how my life got flipped, turned upside down, and I'd like to take a minute, just sit right there, I'll tell you how things are going in the first Buffalo Student Sandbox.

Okay, so I took a little inspiration from the Fresh Prince of Bel Air theme song (and it doesn't rhyme anymore), but I felt it was a good starting point.

By getting accepted into the program, my life has definitely been turned upside down. No two days are the same anymore. One day I'm eating lunch with the people from 43 North, the next I'm talking to one of the many "mechanics" down here at d!g, and another I'm doing market research based on what we learned in the Startup CEL program.

Beyond all these amazing resources, I've really appreciated the opportunity to have a place to come and dedicate my time everyday to working on my business. The program has really helped me focus not only what I'm doing, but also why I'm doing it.

So what am I doing exactly?  I am working on developing a collaborative storytelling site called Storillo - hence the Fresh Prince adaptation. Our site will allow multiple people to build stories together, piece by piece.  And why? We at Storillo believe that stories are a fundamental part of who we are as human beings and we want to create a place where people can come together and share in the experience of storytelling.

The Sandbox program has been extremely helpful in getting us to start thinking of Storillo as a business and not simply an idea, and I know the program will provide the fuel necessary for Storillo to take the next step towards reaching its potential.

And since this is a story, instead of "the end," how about:

To be continued....