The Meaning & Origin of “QOPOLIS”

The Apple iPhone had only been out for a few years when Qopolis was being developed. The original name was iQopolis. The “I’ was to be two things, “internet” (just like the iPhone) and a play on higher education with high IQ.  One of the Smartest humans alive Marilyn vos Savant whose IQ is over 200, spoke with our CEO about the program and curriculum. She also made a suggestion. “Drop the i” 

Facebook was originally “TheFacebook” until a very smart person told Mark Zuckerberg to “Drop the THE and just make it Facebook.” He did. Being that a Genius with a super IQ gave the suggestion, the “i” was dropped. It became just Qopolis. You can read about the naming below.

The word “Qopolis”, was created by the founders with the understanding it would represent an idea besides a company.  The word was created from two parts.  The first part was the root of the word.  Then, the starting of the word was decided. Below is development history of the word “Qopolis.”

The “Q”

There are Latin phrases that start with the letter “Q” that embody the ethos of Qopolis. 

The first phrase, “Quaecumque sunt vera.  The translation means, “Whatsoever is true.”  This is the motto of Northwestern University and St. Francis Xavier University. (Taken from Phillipians 4:8 of the Bible.) 

The second phrase, “Quaecumque vera doce me.” Which means, “ Teach me whatsoever is true.” 

The founders liked the Latin phrases with the focus on truth and education. In 2007, there was a lot of lying in business that caused an economic meltdown for the entire globe.  The founders of Qopolis wanted to combine the ideas of truth with business and business education to address the root cause of many business problems, the lack of truth.  The founders saw a moral imperative to change the cause of the greatest economic disaster in recent history. They settled on just using the starting letter of “Q” for the name of the university.

The Root “-polis

There are many ancient, modern and even mythical cities with the same root “-polis” which is Greek for “city-state.” Most Americans know the cities of Indianapolis, Minneapolis, Annapolis, and that Superman was from Metropolis

Ancient Greeks are known for originating many of our educational, political and social concepts. Some of the greatest Greek philosophers helped shape our current world.


470 BC – 399 BC  – Athenian philosopher, whose beliefs are known only through the writings of his pupils Plato and Xenophon. He taught that virtue was based on knowledge, which was attained by a dialectical process that took into account many aspects of a stated hypothesis.


427 BC – 347 BC – Greek philosopher: with his teacher Socrates and his pupil Aristotle, he is regarded as the initiator of western philosophy. His influential theory of ideas, which makes a distinction between objects of sense perception and the universal ideas or forms of which they are an expression, is formulated in such dialogues as Phaedo, Symposium, and The Republic. Other works include The Apology and Laws


384 BC – 322 BC – Greek philosopher; pupil of Plato, tutor of Alexander the Great, and founder of the Peripatetic school at Athens; author of works on logic, ethics, politics, poetics, rhetoric, biology, zoology, and metaphysics.  He profoundly influenced Western thought. In his philosophical system, which led him to criticize what he saw as Plato’s metaphysical excesses, theory follows empirical observation and logic, based on the syllogism, is the essential method of rational inquiry.

Plato and Aristotle assumed the “Polis” to be the highest expression of the common good, that is, the embodiment of a moral value.  The name given to a polis formation by the Greeks themselves was synoikismos, literally a “gathering together.” Synoikismos could take one or both of two forms—it could be a physical concentration of the population in a single city or an act of purely political unification that allowed the population to continue living in a dispersed way

polis, (plural – Poleis) 

The polis centered on one town, usually walled, but included the surrounding countryside. The town contained a citadel on raised ground (acropolis) and a marketplace (agora). Government was centered in the town, but citizens of the polis lived throughout its territory. Ideally, the polis was a corporation of citizens who all participated in its government, defense, and economic welfare and who obeyed its sacred and customary laws.

The founders of Qopolis wanted to create an independent gathering of people from all over for the common good. We wanted to make a web site that could be accessed by people with a common goal to come together as part of the online society. Specifically, we wanted to create a site for a business community (Agora) to flourish and grow, creating jobs and building commerce through the best business education (acropolis) and business ethics. With the history and foundation, the root word “POLIS” was the root that would be used.

The letter “Q” stood out from the Latin phrases as very unique. We combined the Latin with the Greek.  “Q” was chosen to start the word that would represent the company.   However, “Q” plus “POLIS” (Qpolis) did not seem correct.  We copied the Greeks that created the Acropolis and added an “o”. 

The final combination resulted in QOPOLIS.