New Raleigh Startup Offers Unique Networking as the “Facebook for Research”

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Need research for your business, or your project? Not sure how to find what you need, or afraid hiring a consultant might be too expensive? Your solution? The Braintree.

The Braintree Research Exchange (, a unique new Internet startup, offers a new way to bring businesses and researchers together, offering professional-quality research -- at a rate you decide.

Using an easy-to-use request and bidding system, those needing help with a particular project can post a request for research, specifying the field, the project, the scope, the type of research you need, when you need it by, and how much you’re willing to pay.
Researchers can, in turn, look through these requests and provide their own proposals, highlighting their experience and expertise, along with the budget they’d need to do the research.

"The Braintree is a Facebook for research," says Braintree CEO Tom Castelloe II. "Our goal is to offer an evolution of social networking specific for academic research."

A native of Raleigh, NC, Castelloe has witnessed first-hand the role research plays in the area’s nationally-renowned university system.

"We already have a talent base of great researchers at Duke, UNC-Chapel Hill, and NC State,” Castelloe says. “Why not make it available so anybody can access it?"

Toward this end, Castelloe developed "I believe in this project, The Braintree, and I've put my savings into it,” says Castelloe, who also works part-time at the Carolina Institute for Developmental Disabilities at the UNC Medical School. “I believe we present a unique opportunity for connecting academia with individuals and businesses.”

So far, The Braintree is getting great feedback from local students. One UNC student commented, "I think your website is a great idea and something I can really get behind... I think that many other students would be interested in The Braintree."

"The world is getting smaller, and there are new opportunities all the time," says Castelloe. Facebook and MySpace have left this market open. “We get to move beyond the radar of these mega-companies because our market is still small right now... but I don't count on it being small for long."

The Braintree is a local Triangle startup interested in developing relationships between research writers and those needing research. The startup is located on the web at Researchers in the Triangle and surrounding areas can earn spare money doing what they love. All it takes to get started is a registration process similar to Facebook’s. Or post a research request online and receive bids on your research project from experts from all over the world.

CONTACT: Tom Castelloe is available for interviews and can be reached at (919) 593-6279 or tom(at)thebraintree(dot)com.

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