The year was 1995. Just twelve months after Jeff Bezos launched a start-up called Amazon and three years before Larry Page and Sergey Brin founded Google, a small company called Timecruiser Computing Corporation (TCC) was founded.

Award-Winning Products

Before TCC, we were active participants and contributors to the financial engineering revolution on Wall Street. It was during that time, around the late 80s, early 90s, when we witnessed first-hand the power of computers in real-world applications, and envisioned the vast potential they showed when connected via the Internet. The exciting possibilities prompted us to break away from the lucrative financial analytics arena and devote ourselves to the exploding world of Internet applications.

Our first innovation was the Timecruiser Calendar. The patented, web-based calendaring application was designed to connect people and coordinate time to collaborate online, anytime/anywhere.

This unique application won several awards, including those from PC Magazine, Internet World, and the Java Developer’s Journal (“Best Java Application”).

Later, in late 1998 while developing a freelance editor portal for The New York Times, we created a state-of-the-art Java-based web template engine to build and serve dynamic web pages. This innovative, lightweight engine became one of the first software frameworks to power modern web applications—even before Sun Microsystems came out with its popular Java Server Page to (JSP) framework.

Educational Efficiency

We continued to eagerly seek out opportunities to apply our expertise in markets that would be both meaningful and impactful. Our search led us to the education industry—a field not only vast and essential, but also a key incubator for nurturing and advancing our civilization. We wanted to help colleges and universities become more efficient and effective in fulfilling their missions.

To achieve this goal, we formed Campuscruiser with the mission to build products that seamlessly integrated campus content and services. This solution utilized a tightly connected campus community to promote fluent communication and delivery of information and services among students, faculty and administrators for effective teaching and learning. The Campuscruiser portal was the first cloud-based, single-instance, multi-tenant enterprise Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) portal for higher education institutions across the nation.

Over the next 15 years, we established key partnerships with major educational service vendors, enterprise resource planning (ERP) systems, and learning management systems (LMS) to create seamlessly integrated portal solutions for our institutional customers. Campuscruiser was named “A Top Portal Vendor” in Gartner’s Magic Quadrant Report in 2001 and won the prestigious SIIA CODiE awards in the “Best Postsecondary Enterprise Solution” category in both 2008 and 2009, among other recognitions. We continued to innovate and maintain our leadership position in the higher educational portal market with several add-on products, including a course evaluation program, retention alert tool, emergency notification solution, and our own LMS. We built a loyal customer base that continually acknowledged our outstanding customer service, reliable cloud hosting services, and innovative product development.

Global Expansion. Mobile Evolution.

Eager to extend our reach into the global world of business, we entered high-growth markets in China and Southeast Asia in 2013. By forming a joint venture with a Taiwan-based Fortune 500 company, we were able to develop career and corporate training solutions based on Campuscruiser’s proven cloud technologies for Asian customers.

During this time, the U.S. education market was quietly undergoing a major shift into a mobile-centric application paradigm. While student engagement and retention were always critical to the success of higher ed institutes, now, schools needed an efficient way to engage students and provide their services online like never before. It was critical for students to stay connected and be able to effortlessly conduct their day-to-day academic and social activities anytime, anywhere, on any of their mobile devices. They required a seamlessly connected “virtual campus” environment with a simple and intuitive user interface.

Viewing this evolution in academia as both a challenge and an opportunity, we brought our attention back to the U.S. in 2017 and created STRATA: a smarter, simpler portal that addresses the pressing need of effective student engagement and provides an interactive “virtual campus” environment in which all campus users can engage, share, communicate, and collaborate. STRATA joins the school’s complex backend applications and content infrastructure with a simple, intuitive frontend user engagement platform (aka “app”) to create a single integrated solution that satisfies the needs of today’s students and campus administrators.