Nouvant is a SAAS marketplace connecting technology commercialization organizations with buyers from around the world. Nouvant is the next version of CaSTT, a startup originally spun out of the University of Minnesota. While at Nouvant, I was solely responsible for the design, development, implementation and administration of the entire Nouvant Platform.
The Nouvant Platform consisted of four Ruby on Rails applications that handled the corporate website and account management, client administrative tools, live branded technology portfolios, and secure networking and e-commerce transactions. The applications collectively demonstrated many common Rails application requirements; among them, client-editable branded themes, social networking features for buyers and sellers and processing commercial transactions through sellers' third-party merchant accounts.
The Nouvant Platform served top research universities including MIT, Columbia, Dartmouth, and the Universities of Minnesota, Michigan and Florida.
Responsive views and a small footprint made the corporate website and account management pages mobile friendly.
User authentication and forgotten password functionality were wrapped in a theme distinct from account pages of signed-in users.
Each Nouvant user could review their completed license agreements and subscriptions, write to technology managers and update their account information.
Clients with administrative privileges gain access to tools that help manage their technology portfolios and licenses, customize their public website's theme and appearance, and report on inbound inquiries, subscriptions and completed licenses.
Each technology's content can be edited and reviewed in a draft system before going live; historical versions can be retrieved and promoted to the current version.
The admin license builder allows clients to build and modify license agreements across a wide variety of parameters. Below, files may be attached to licenses with access restrictions based on a download limit or expiration date.
Custom themes can be defined and can include dynamic fields using the Liquid syntax. A number of other paramaters can be tweaked to the user's preference.
Each client's landing page may begin with custom content. Search and most general navigation is on the top with categories listed on the right and the most recently added technologies following any custom content.
Technology pages are built around their marketing abstracts. Prominent buttons provide opportunities to connect with the technology's manager and download a branded PDF document. Additional technology data is linked to develop an IP graph around the technology portfolios.
Inquiries, subscriptions and licenses are completed through a more minimal version of each client's theme, focusing the user on the task at hand.
Top: Nested categories enable fine-grained browsing and search. Bottom: All pages displaying technologies may be viewed in RSS or ATOM feeds; alternatively, users can subscribe to receive email alerts when new technologies arrive that match their search.
Subscriptions enable users to receive email notifications when new technologies match their keyword or category search with a daily, weekly or monthly alert.
Technology licenses may be executed online with the payment being routed directly to the client's merchant account. Below: Technology managers may insert dynamic fields into licenses that will be completed after the purchaser has input the necessary information.