App Development and Entrepreneurship Thrive at Molloy

David Murphy, B.A.,'18, Computer Science, was part of a team that recently won $25,000 in the Zahn Innovation Center startup competition. The young company, Skinno, Inc., also won the 2017 NYC Nestlé Hackathon and was a runner-up for an international tech-in-beauty competition hosted by Johnson & Johnson

Murphy is the chief technology officer (CTO) of Skinno, a new technology and software startup that aims to assist consumers in selecting skincare products by deciphering the ingredients on product labels with a mobile app. You can try Skinno's FREE beta on the App Store here: Skinno.  

"The team has enjoyed major success since the company's founding, meeting the Chief Technology Officer of New York City and executives and venture capitalists at prestigious companies including Google and Johnson & Johnson," said Jason Schanker, Molloy College Associate Professor of Mathematics and Computer Studies.

David and his team submitted the winning business model on how they will generate capital, a timeline that explains how they will use their earnings, and when they will break even. They have big plans for their $25,000 prize.

"We plan to utilize the competition earnings in tandem with the resources and networks we'll gain from the Zahn Summer Accelerator. Our next priority is recruiting talent in Machine Learning, UI/UX, Web Development and Marketing to push our Version 1 product by Q4 2018. The remaining earnings will be spent on marketing and other user acquisition costs," said Murphy.  

David is using his experience to mentor fellow students and hopes to bring them in to assist.

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