The technology of makeapoint makes it easier to carry on discussions on the Internet through an application for smartphones, tablets, and PCs. The asynchronous video discussion of the start-up combines the advantages of face-to-face video chats with those of time-independent and unrestricted numbers of participants in online forums. To do so makeapoint makes the structures of common thinking processes visible by visualizing the course of discussions in dialog form. The software supports a results-oriented culture of discussion. The team sees the e-learning market as a particular field for applications. The founding team consists of three students from Berlin, Markus Gilles, Andreas Pursian, and Jonas Brandau, along with Mathias Sauvestre from Montpellier, France.
At the beginning of September the team started their work at Freie Universität Berlin, supported by an EXIST start-up grant from the German Federal Ministry of Economics and Technology. The scientific mentor of the founders is Professor Robert Tolksdorf, head of the Networked Information Systems Group at the Department of Mathematics and Computer Science at Freie Universität Berlin.