When Jon Chan was a student, entrepreneur and president of the Gallatin Business Club (GBC), he caught the attention of the New York Post with an iPhone application he created in a computer-science course at NYU on iPhone programming taught by Professor Nathan Hull.
The Post ran a story about Chan’s program, which is called friidum, a social-networking platform that will allow users to find out which of their friends are free at any given time. He had already been developing the concept before he took the class. “It’s about trying to create a means for people to meet,” said Chan. “I think that’s what social media should do, rather than have you sitting in front of your computer for hours and not talking to anyone.”
In addition to focusing on his own business ventures, Chan ran the GBC, which was founded in 2008 and has grown from a small group to its current size of 200 members from throughout the University. The club aims to educate the NYU community about topics in business by providing professional resources such as seminars, alumni speakers and group discussions.
Chan is now a business technology analyst with Deloitte Digital at Deloitte Touche.