Hitch Radio – Social Radio App


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Startup NameHitch Radio
What problem are you solving?Radio lacks a social listening experience and its own live nature makes it very hard to share (the content is ephemeral and requires an ephemeral sharing mechanism).
What is your solution?The world is changing. Radio is heard by 94% of the United States, but its live nature makes it really hard to share. So we’ve created Hitch Radio: The World’s First Instant Messaging App For Live Broadcast Radio. Type in anything you want to hear and Hitch Radio will search 20,000 Radio stations globally so you can Hitch-a-Ride on the Radio station playing it right now. When you find something great you can send an instant message to your friend. When they open the message they’ll hear everything you’re listening to in real-time. If they Hitch-a-Ride with you, then you become their Driver and can take them from Radio station to Radio station around the globe.Imagine driving down the street listening to the app through your Bluetooth speakers and all of a sudden your Radio station changes, but you didn’t change it… Katy Perry changed it, because you can Hitch-a-Ride on a celebrity – we call them “Star Drivers” – and they can take you with them as they Hitch Rides around the world!
Target MarketBloggers, journalists, investors, early adopters
How will you make money?Subscriptions/Advertisement
Tell us about the market & founders, why is this a great opportunity?Ayinde O.Alakoye is the CEO of Hitch Radio, the world’s 1st instant messaging app for Radio.Awarded the “2013 Emerging Emancipator” (New Media/ Digital) by the 50th Anniversary March on Washington Board of Directorsalongside Presidential Medal of Freedom recipient, Congressman John Lewis (GA), Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban and the Reverend Al Sharpton.Ayinde’s been a live satellite guest on AriseTV (reaching 120M households in NYC, Johannesburg and London); a panelist at USC’s Marshall School of Business discussing Brand and Content Marketing; an on-air guest for KFWB; a guest of The Bill Handel Show (KFI-Los Angeles); an in-studio guest with Dr. Drew’s Loveline Show; and a frequent technology panelist (RadioInk C13, DigitalLA, CEDIA).

Before Hitch Radio, Ayinde was a speech contributor and advisor to Presidential Candidate, Barack Obama, and managed a GOTV office in the crucial battle ground state Ohio for the general election in 2008.
A decade prior, he began his media career as the 1 ad sales executive at the 1 billing Radio station in the country, WTOP, and was then recruited by Clear Channel and CBS (Howard Stern), respectively. Ayinde went on to be one of the original creators of iHeartRadio after founding Thumb Radio in 2003.

Founders NamesAyinde O. Alakoye
What type of funding has the company received?Bootstrap
WebsiteHitchradio
Twitter Handle@HitchRadio
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