Admissions preview: Lead statuses

The upcoming Admissions release changes a number of things. One big change: the Prospect role will be replaced by the "Lead" designation (which is not a user role!). Leads will have different statuses that let you track where exactly they are in the application process. This video gives you a run-down of those statuses and how they'll work for you.

Coming soon: new customization and display settings

We'll soon be releasing a couple new tabs in Account Settings.

The Customizations tab gathers together a number of high-level settings from throughout Populi in one location, including:

  • Control whether all users can upload their own ID photos
  • Default privacy for contact info
  • Enable/disable Bookstore and Library
  • Enable/disable Financial (including the Financial tab on Profiles)
  • Enable/disable birthday announcements and bulletin boards a few other things.

10-23-13 Account Customizations

The new Appearance tab gives you a few more options for personalizing your Populi header.

Screen Shot 2013-11-06 at 11.14.34 AM

The new tabs organize some of the big-picture Populi settings right in one spot. We hope this makes our Account Admins' workdays just a little bit easier!

Populi: more advanced than the Space Shuttle

But not as advanced as Age of Empires

Information is Beautiful, a data visualization site run by one David McCandless, has charted the relative sizes of the codebases of some notable games, machines, and computer programs. Visualized in terms of number of lines of code, it's an interesting look at just how much programming's required to make things run.

click to embiggen

Populi, at around a half-million lines of code, beats out the Space Shuttle by a cool 100,000 lines. TAKE THAT, NASA.

Granted, that's a bit of an apples-to-oranges comparison—the Shuttle software was designed in the late-70's and early-80's for the high-end computers of the time. A more apples-to-apples comparison would measure Populi alongside another modern, complex, person-centric app driven by a relational database. The only other thing like that on here is... Facebook, weighing in at around 61 million lines of code (and one-point-something billion users).

The Harvard Business Review on building a startup outside of Silicon Valley

We've made no secret of our dislike for the typical startup-takes-venture-capital storyline and culture. Maxwell Wessel at The Harvard Business Review just about codifies what repels us about it:

Raising venture capital isn’t the be all and end all of entrepreneurial success. But it is an important metric... for an important subset of the business world — firms in pursuit of explosive growth — raising capital from angel investors or venture capitalists is an early step on a long and uncertain road to success.

So, firms in pursuit of explosive growth that raise capital to fund a long and uncertain roadtrip to success are an important subset of the business world.

If you judge entrepreneurial success as surviving or selling (including raising follow-on funding, being bought, or successfully IPO’ing) as no doubt your investors do, then your odds of success are lower outside of the superhubs.

What if you judge it by something meaningful, like building something that makes your customers' lives better?

Every business is unique, so I would never claim to have the perfect answer for any founder trying to select his or her location. It’s not that founders outside of superhubs work any less hard, are any less talented, or have worse ideas. The reason the numbers look the way they do is because the environments are fundamentally different in start-up superhubs. And until community members acknowledge the shortcomings of secondary markets, and come up with some way of addressing them, then we should be open and honest with our entrepreneurs about the heavy toll they will pay to build their businesses where they live today.

The heavy toll we pay here: we're home for supper every night; our wives, children, and friends know and love us; every customer is important to us; no one's forcing us into ill-advised moonshots; we spend a good 25% of any given workday laughing together; we don't spend our days making money for someone else.

Ah, the high cost of not moving to Silicon Valley to change Populi into something that won't be here in five years.

Privacy Policy updated

We just updated our Privacy Policy.

Previously, Section 8 (our policy towards children) included a blanket statement indicating that we do not collect information about children under 13—and that if we inadvertently did, we would delete it. However, we realized that this statement went a little too far for our customers. Many of you actually do keep records of children under 13—whether as relatives of faculty or staff, as prospects, and sometimes even as students. Not wanting to commit ourselves to deleting customer data that you're allowed to collect, we wanted to clarify the policy regarding information about children under 13.

So, the long and the short of it is that...

  • It's our responsibility to delete information about children under 13 that we may take in through this site (
  • It's your responsibility to take all appropriate precautions with such information that you manage through your school's populiweb site.

If you have any questions about any of this, please don't hesitate to contact us.