对于普通高校的大一学生来说，最初几个月往往充满了压力，因为他们需要适应一个新地方，结交新朋友。伊利诺伊大学（University of Illinois）学生、应用程序One的联合创始人科里•利维就曾在2010年亲身体会过这种人生地不熟的窘境。
这款适用于iOS系统的应用主要面向大学生群体。它根据地理位置和共同的爱好，比如钟爱蠢朋克乐队（Daft Punk）或电影《指环王》（Lord of the Rings），提醒人们注意附近的其他用户。这款应用现已在包括伊利诺伊大学（the University of Illinois）在内的4所大学普及。凭借着罗恩•康威、基思•拉布伊斯、True Ventures风投公司和其他支持者提供的近200万美元种子资金，利维和卡拉汉打算在秋季到来前把它推广到至少10所其他院校。
但在这一切变成现实之前，21岁的利维和29岁的卡拉汉将在财富头脑风暴技术会议（Brainstorm Tech Conference，7月22日至24日在科罗拉多州阿斯彭研究所召开）上，与4位其他选手共同角逐本年度创业偶像大赛（Startup Idol）的桂冠。我们提前问了他几个简单的问题。
For the average college freshman, the first few months are stressful as they navigate a new place and make new friends. Cory Levy, a University of Illinois student and co-founder of One, found that out for himself in 2010.
"My first day, I hardly knew a soul and had no idea what events were happening around me," he recalls. "One would have really helped, as it gives you more information about the people and things happening around you based on your interests."
Available for iOS, the app was meant for the college set. One notifies people of other nearby users, called "matches," based on location and shared interests, like an affinity for Daft Punk or Lord of the Rings. Available at four schools, including the University of Illinois, Levy and Callahan will introduce it to at least 10 other schools by fall thanks to nearly $2 million in seed funding from Ron Conway, Keith Rabois, True Ventures, and other backers.
But before that happens, Levy, 21, and Callahan, 29, will vie as one of five contestants for the mantle of this year's Startup Idol competition at Fortune's Brainstorm Tech conference, at the Aspen Institute in Colorado. We caught up with Levy beforehand for a few quick questions.
Q: Let's pretend it's next week already, and you're onstage. Give us your elevator pitch in one sentence.
A: One is a mobile application that notifies you when someone is right next to you who shares a number of rare things in common.
There are other so-called people discovery apps out there that may have somewhat different aims but the same underlying principle. (Take Highlight, for example.) So how is One different?
So if I were talking about "people discovery," I would contrast it and say with Highlight, what you do is very passive. It'll tell you if someone is a couple blocks or a few miles away. We see that as "non-actual information." Who cares if someone is a couple miles from you or a couple blocks from you? You're not going to walk a long distance to go meet a stranger. But if you're sitting in a class or at a restaurant, and there's someone right next to you with a number of rare interests in common, the chances of you actually connecting with that person increases. No one's been able to get that range of accuracy, and we like to say that that in itself is a sort of technical achievement -- our proximity engine -- that allows someone to connect when they're three feet or 20 feet from each other.
Secondly, we're building a product for ourselves. This is a product geared towards college kids. We know what we want and what our friends want. We're closer to the problem compared with other founders who may be a little bit older.
Technically, this Brainstorm Tech conference isn't your first. You gate-crashed one year, right?
Three years ago before we even starting work on One. I was in Colorado on a family vacation, and I noticed when I was walking the street that there were these nice cars driving around with "Fortune Brainstorm Tech" signs. So I hopped into one, and I said, "Yep, take me there," or whatever. I wasn't signed up or anything, but I was driven into the venue. Actually, I snuck in and sat next to Keith [Rabois]. I connected with him. Fast-forward, he became our first investor. Of course, I got caught eventually, but I convinced Fortune to give me a ticket for the last two days or so!