|Startup Name||Doppels, Inc.|
|What problem are you solving?||NA|
|What is your solution?||Doppels is the premier birthday discovery engine. The app, now available in the App Store, integrates easy gifting and astrology with sophisticated matching algorithms based on precise date of birth, shared interests and life events.Unlike other social apps that enable users to find new connections based solely on physical characteristics, Doppels provides a fun way to break the ice, start conversations, and establish new relationships. Doppels creates meaningful social discovery experience in a marketplace flooded with disappointing apps.|
The goal? To transform the way people connect with existing networks, celebrate birthdays and discover new communities.
App functionality allows users to send birthday wishes, chat, and share gifts. Users discover connections filtered by location in real time, as well as those celebrating birthdays—both of existing friends or new compatible people. Users connect to the app through Facebook and access their social graph, creating a personal calendar that organizes birthdays of friends. The experience can also be shared with friends who have not downloaded the app by emailing free customized gifts. Advanced algorithms provide matching based on compatibility, an unprecedented feature not provided by other apps.
The Doppels team is comprised of technology, business and media professionals from Europe and the United States unified by the shared mission to spark a movement to build and deepen meaningful relationships.
|How will you make money?||free; $1 to send e-card and establish new connection|
|Tell us about the market & founders, why is this a great opportunity?||The Doppels team is comprised of technology, business and media professionals from Europe and the United States unified by the shared mission to spark a movement to build and deepen meaningful relationships.Co-Founder and CEO Matt Hagger is an entrepreneur and founder of London’s startup technology incubator, E-Man Labs. Matt aligned with Co-Founder Eli Shmerler of Belgium to launch Doppels, as both struggled to celebrate birthdays while on business trips and felt isolated on a day that should be celebratory. Hagger’s attendance at South by Southwest Conference during his birthday proved to be an anticlimactic occasion spent away from friends and family. Across the United States, Shmerler was also celebrating his birthday in New York while traveling for business and was frustrated by the inability to connect with locals sharing his special day. Matt and Eli reunited in Europe, driven to create their own solution.|
The duo built the robust application before traveling to the United States to find the most suitable location to launch. After touring New York, Austin and Silicon Valley, they landed in Los Angeles. The fertile startup soil—well, sand—of Silicon Beach was the perfect location for Doppels headquarters. Inspired by the Los Angeles community of supportive, open-minded and engaging innovators, Hagger and Shmerler settled in Venice to complete their mission to spark a revolution in connectedness.
|Founders Names||Matt Hagger|
|What type of funding has the company received?||NA|
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