When I first met Kayvon Beykpour and Aaron Wasserman, they were both working for Blackboard. They were working for Blackboard because TerriblyClever, the company that Beykpour started alongside Wasserman, had been acquired by Blackboard for its mobile app development talents. Most of the mobile innovation that has ever come from Blackboard is a direct result of that acquisition.
Beykpour, Wasserman, and a plucky team of developers had set up shop in a hip office in San Francisco and were cranking out some high quality work for Blackboard. However, due to an array of reasons, Beykpour and Wasserman would depart Blackboard in 2013 for greener pastures.
And, this is where things get really interesting.
When Periscope came on the social media scene a mere 7 months ago, they made quite a splash. Acquired by Twitter before their official launch, Periscope (a direct competitor with Meerkat) is all about live-streaming mobile video with a social media twist.
So what's the connection between Periscope, Beykpour, and Wasserman? Well, it turns out that Beykpour is co-founder and Wasserman is the "first engineer" at Periscope. These guys have some major connections with higher education, innovation, and mobile apps.
In terms of universities and colleges using Periscope, there have already been several early adopters of the app in higher education: