Let’s meet Startup, Brizeo:
Website: www.brizeo.com (not available anymore)
In a few sentences, tell us what your start-up is all about!:
Brizeo is an activity-based social app to connect people with similar interests at home and abroad. Brizeo allows you to make connections anywhere in the world, post pictures andvideos, chat, and invite your friends to the app.
People resort to dating apps to meet others for things that do not include dating. Dating apps are one-dimensional: the majority of people who match will never meet or continue the conversation beyond a few days. As a traveler or student studying abroad, it is difficult to connect with people in similar situations that are not in your immediate vicinity. Locals don’t want to meet someone from a dating app who is transient.
Brizeo matches people with similar interests and allows you to create a community of long-term friends and connections. Brizeo is action-plan oriented and goes far beyond dating. Brizeo combines and utilizes the best features of apps like Facebook and Tinder (while simultaneously removing negative stereotypes) to meet new people outside of your friend’s circle.
The idea behind Brizeo originated when David and Josh were traveling in Europe and Asia. One of the benefits of travel is the opportunity to engage with people from different culturaland demographic backgrounds, and befriend people who aren’t in our pre-established community circle. We realized that dating apps are fairly popular overseas and very popular locally but they are used for more activities than originally intended. In essence, people are trying to create a means of communication off a platform that differed from its initial purpose.
Brizeo takes the best features that are associated with dating apps and other currently used social apps, adds new ones, and removes any negative connotations and sense of obligation. Brizeo can be used by people intra-city who want to connect with others locally. Similar interests, such as outdoor activities, drinks and dinner or business networking, can be selected by the user so that you match with people with your same goals. You may meet someone who becomes a good friend, or just share information, or perhaps even find a future partner.
There are no expectations; there are no limitations. Anything is possible but without the pressure. You can choose the extent of your connection and not be embarrassed to say that you met through or used the Brizeo app.
People are resorting to dating apps to meet others for things that do not include dating. Dating apps are one-dimensional: the majority of people who match will never meet or continue the conversation beyond a few days (you cannot create a meaningful base of connections).
Facebook and Instagram don’t have matching capabilities: you are confined to your pre-established circle of friends.
As a traveler or student studying abroad, it is difficult to connect with people in similar situations that are not in your immediate vicinity. Locals don’t want to meet someone from a dating app who is transient.
When was your startup founded?And what stage is your startup currently at?:
October 22, 2015
Let us know a bit about your team, who are the key team membersand what is their role?:
Joshua Adler: Dual Bachelor of Science degree from Syracuse University. Lived abroad in Brazil, Israel and Spain. Traveled to over 50 countries, and speaks Spanish and Portuguese. 15-year Wall Street career, expertise in structured finance.
David Zulberg: Masters from Columbia University. 13-year career in real estate development. Best-selling author of Life Transforming Diet and The 5 Skinny Habits. Writer for many popular online and print media publications. David has been interviewed on ABC, CBS and PIX 11. From South Africa originally. Avid traveler, and speaks Afrikaans and Hebrew.