SocialCoaster, a Nashville based tech start up, just launched their highly anticipated mobile app. Founded by 25 year-old entrepreneur Jonathan Burdon, the app will provide the world with a new and exciting way to share experiences through photos.
"We have a lot of great social networks in the world that allow you to view your friends' photos; however, I wanted to create an easy and organized way to share memories with the entire world." Says Burdon. "I think the inventor of hashtags had this goal in mind as well, unfortunately, the concept has its fundamental flaws which causes it to be overused and often in the wrong context. Our team at SocialCoaster has solved this problem!"
SocialCoaster has received well over $250,000 in seed funding thus far from its Founder & CEO as well as two talented individuals who bring a high level of expertise to the team's Board of Directors. Joining SocialCoaster's board is James Grierson, Vice President of Business Development for Bluehost, a subsidiary of Endurance International Group. Also joining the board is Robert Frazer, a successful attorney and investor out of Kentucky.
When Jonathan Burdon, CEO of SocialCoaster, first spoke to me about the idea of creating a collaboration and location services app, I knew he was on to something special. SocialCoaster facilitates event management, photo-sharing and check-in features like no other mobile application I have seen." Said James Grierson, SocialCoaster Investor. "I have worked directly with Jonathan before and would describe him as a visionary leader with the rare ability to see several steps ahead. This talent has helped him find success over and over again in the technology space."
The app itself is very simple to use. SocialCoaster works by utilizing mobile devices' location services to provide users with a tailored view of what is happening around them. Members who have downloaded the free app are encouraged to create spots (pages) and events on SocialCoaster. At any given point, a user may check-in to any spot or event and instantly take/share as many pictures as they would like. The photos are combined in an organized fashion with everyone else who has ever checked-in to the same spot. The result is a large collection of photos from thousands of individuals across the world, all of which are able to share their own unique viewpoint.
Stephen Hagans, one of the app's developers, describes SocialCoaster as a universal tool to share experiences. "Our unique algorithms make the app really special. When a user loads SocialCoaster they will automatically be served with a collection of interesting photos from spots nearby. We are able to utilize the users' latitude and longitude to provide them with a real-time snapshot of what is happening around them. From our tests, this has proven to be a very exciting feature."
SocialCoaster also has multiple feeds that allow users to monitor activity coming in from a specific spot or event or even see what spots are trending! In addition to giving users the ability to connect with the world, the app also includes a personal touch. With the click of a button, a user can add as many friends as they would like, communicate with them, and monitor their friends' activities.
"What a great app idea!" Exclaimed Brad Brach, who is a professional pitcher for the Baltimore Orioles baseball team. "I've always wondered what the game experience was like for our fans. With this app I will be able to log in and instantly view photos taken from fans in every section of the stadium. I can even snap a few photos from the dugout and share my unique experience as well. No other app offers this level of collaborative experience."
The SocialCoaster team is excited to see what other unique methods individuals, businesses, and organizations will employ as they utilize their service.
"The opportunities are endless really! A few examples: Those getting married could ask their guests to check-in and take photos at the wedding and at the end of the night the couple can view the wedding from the perspective of their guests . Or, if news is breaking at a remote location reporters and news agencies could ask eye-witnesses to check-in and share their viewpoints instantly with the world. A musician could host a photo contest and ask fans to check-in to their spot on SocialCoaster and share their unique concert experience." Burdon said in closing, "I get really excited when I think about the many and varied ways one will be able to utilize SocialCoaster."
SocialCoaster 1.2 is Free and available worldwide exclusively through the App Store in the Social Networking category.