- Tell us a little about yourself (name, college, major, interests, etc.)
My name is Julia Montgomery and I’m from Austin, TX. I’m currently taking a gap year to work on my startup before starting at Harvard where I plan to major in economics and minor in CS. I’ve always been passionate about entrepreneurship and enjoy exploring how we can use technology to benefit society.
2) What is Capsula about and what inspired you to start it?
Capsula is an intimedia (intimate social media) platform: a safe space where you can capture your memories and connect with loved ones. We are currently developing the beta version of our mobile app and are in stealth mode.
I was inspired to start Capsula after experiencing the negative effects of social media and lack of existing platforms that fulfilled my and my family’s needs. My mom is actually my cofounder and has past experience in tech as an engineer, and we have worked together on businesses in the past. Our unique perspective allows us to create a multigenerational product aimed at families initially.
3) How do you think technology could be used to create the future?
In the future, I see technology being used to continue tackling global issues while also making its users happier and better people.
While innovation has benefitted society, it has also brought an entirely new set of problems. I think technologists should begin focusing on what they should create not what they can create. That is my goal with Capsula, building an app that makes people happier, is authentic and unfiltered, and inspires meaningful connections.
4) What advice do you have to high schoolers who want to make a difference in their communities?
Simply put, go for it! Identify your passions and goals and then ways you can start achieving your dreams now. Don’t allow your own doubts or the doubts of others to limit your potential. Start that business you’ve been thinking about, conduct independent research you’re interested in, learn more about subjects you love outside of the classroom, and solve the problems in your community that you identify. Creating value in society will not only benefit others but also yourself.