"We're the front end, with developers that have expertise in design, specifically for the touch interface," Grauer said in an interview. "What Flow brings is the back end that we leverage. For us, as a startup, it's difficult to focus on everything, so for us to build real-time data exchange would cost quite a lot of money."
Grauer said the product his company is building is six months from completion. When it is ready, he said, it will aggregate social networks used in education settings and will give users the ability to filter streams of data. "Students in a specific subject will look at the Internet for information, but there are so many others places, like Twitter, Facebook, and Google+, so we want to aggregate this and don't want to have to build the APIs to get there. Flow is one source. It's easier for us to use them."
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