|Startup Name||Big Rock Labs Inc.|
|What problem are you solving?||The Search & Discovery of local professionals.|
|What is your solution?||Reach: Connect Better, Locally.Reach is how professionals meet locally. It’s a free smartphone app that uses geolocation to help you discover the professional talent and prospects closest to you. It also makes networking easy with in-app event registration and a safe & secure instant messaging platform. Reach is the perfect tool for anyone looking to expand their network and make real handshakes.|
|Target Market||Professionals of all ages|
|How will you make money?||We have a Freemium business model and plan to sell premium features of the app in the future.|
|Tell us about the market & founders, why is this a great opportunity?||Mobile Apps are transforming Events and the Job Search, yet there will always be a need for personal interactions and real handshakes. Reach combines the best of both worlds.Harald Seemann is a German national living in Toronto, Canada. He is an expert in Corporate Finance and Public Relations. |
Matt Kaine helped evolve Toronto-based Pivot Design Group’s position and services from a traditional User Experience agency into a leading multi-disciplinary firm focused on developing and re-inventing solutions throughout public and private health care organizations. As Pivot’s former Account Director, his relationships span across the United States and Canada with notable projects in wearable technology, data visualizations, design/user research and apps for internationally recognized institutions such as UHN, CPAC, ACS and others.
Steph Bigue was the co-founder of Motion Season Studios, a Toronto-based digital services boutique, in 2006. An entrepreneur from an early age, Steph began designing and producing tech products in his second year at Ryerson University where he studied Business Management. He has since owned and consulted for companies in need of digital products and marketing solutions for over 10 years.
Jens Brandt is an innovative business developer with international experience and superior problem solving and interpersonal skills. He has a solid understanding of all aspects of business development and achievable results within the manufacturing and service industries.
Balaji Gopalan, a Product Management Advisor, Entrepreneur and Educator, is thrilled to join forces with Big Rock Labs to build an impactful innovation plan for Reach. “I’m excited to work with the Reach team because I think the most exciting aspect of opportunities in digital, cloud-based innovation is in taking the most fundamental, essential aspects of our daily lives and making them richer and easier, adding contextual awareness to remove barrier tasks. This is what Reach does, connecting people together, faster, to do great things. I love how Reach actually works on enhancing human interaction and productivity, which is sometimes what technology loses sight of. I am thrilled to help figure out where we can take Reach next,” commented Gopalan.
Mr. Gopalan will be working with Big Rock Labs on building a go-forward value proposition for Reach, which is already seeing early success as a professional networking tool. Gopalan will assist with customer and use case analysis and feature prioritization, as well as in establishing a long-term product practice / development process at the Company.
|Founders Names||Harald Seemann, Matt Kaine, Steph Bigue, Jens Brandt|
|What type of funding has the company received?||Self Funded|
|If you have a press kit or image gallery please provide a link (optional)||http://www.thereachapp.com/press/|