Aisha Bassett is the Founder/CEO of U-BAS, which stands for You/University Buy, Advertise and Sell. The idea for the business came from the frustration of looking for other students to buy second-hand textbooks from or finding a central platform that provided this service.
I briefly spoke to Aisha about the business, how the website works and her plans for the future of the business. Our chat is below.
Tell me how the idea came about?
The idea for this site came about in 2009, when I came to the University of East Anglia in Norwich to study. I was looking for other students who I could buy second-hand textbooks and other items from for my flat, but I couldn’t find a central place to find the people or the items. I then realised that there are over 200 display boards on campus with different ads on each of them. It would take hours to visit them all and find what I was looking for. I thought, why not have a central place to see all these ads that is organized and accessible to all?
In trying to solve this dilemma, the idea of U-BAS was born. U-BAS is a place for students to buy directly from other students, sell their used or new items and connect with students at their university, as well as others, all for free.
What U-BAS is about?
U-BAS stands for You/University Buy, Advertise and Sell. It is one of the best spots for students to buy/sell new or used items, advertise and find out about things available on their campus without any website use fees.
To sign-up, you must have a university e-mail address. The site is also open to university staff and faculty. If they are looking to advertise their research studies or recruit volunteers or advertise a paid or volunteer position, they can do so here too!
Your plans for the business in the future?
U-BAS just launched less than 2 weeks ago and is already growing rapidly. In the near future, I plan for U-BAS to be well-known and be the number one site for students to buy/sell their things and find out what is happening on campus in the UK. In the future, we plan to survey other countries and regions and see if it makes business sense for us to expand there. I am also amassing a team of students who are dedicated to seeing U-BAS grow.
You can visit U-BAS at www.u-bas.co.uk
Or Follow U-BAS on
Facebook - http://www.facebook.com/pages/U-BAS/175015715922739
Twitter - https://twitter.com/#!/UBAS_UK