Hello again, VanUE-folk!
Apologies for the list-wide email, but our groups have some cross-over and many of you might have some interest in our upcoming event, and we still have some space available.
I'm Nick, the organizer of VanCX - the Vancouver Community Experience Group. We're a local group of community managers, operators, designers, and developers here in Vancouver. Many of our members are also members of VanUE, hence this email. That said, for those of you who aren't already members of VanCX, we still have some a few spots available for our meetup next Thursday (November 15th), which should be a great event.
We've hosted some excellent meetups over the last year with EA SPORTS' Colin Macrae, HootSuite's Dave Olson, and Yelp's Crystal Henrickson.
We're also hosting this event at a brand-spanking new (and larger) location, courtesy of our new venue sponsor, Work [at] Play (http://www.workatplay.com). Street parking in the area is free, and they'll have beer for everyone!
Here's the excerpt:
Lessons learned launching mobile & web-based community services
Thursday, November 15, 2012 - 6:00 PM
Work [at] Play - 5th Floor, 329 Railway Street, Vancouver, BC
Vancouver-based serial entrepreneur Ian Andrew Bell will walk us through his lessons learned from the launch and growth of two very different services:
Tingle, a mobile dating app leading the next generation of Online Dating, was launched North America-wide in Feb 2012 after a one-year trial in Vancouver. Tingle was designed to remedy the chief problem afflicting online dating: loyalty. In an industry dominated by unusable web sites, quants, and schlocky marketing Tingle is a completely new approach to building a satisfying experience for singles and required a complete re-evaluation of the business model and service model for online dating. Tingle was designed to be safer, more enjoyable, and more spontaneous than mainstream online dating.
RosterBot, Ian's former "hobby" recently relaunched after experiencing staggering growth. RosterBot takes the work out of play by handling RSVPs, positions, and (soon) payments for the organizers of teams in sports and other activities. With zero marketing or public relations, RosterBot grow from a few dozen friends in 2008 to 20,000+ members worldwide thanks to its innate virality. While RosterBot was literally developed from the back of Ian's desk it is frequently reported in context with startups funded by millions of dollars. With his new partners, NHL veteran Bret Hedican and senior developer Chad Lindstrom, RosterBot is moving forward as something more than a hobby.
Interested? Sign up for our next meetup below. Everyone's welcome - but first come, first served in terms of seating.
As usual, there's no charge for the event. Hope to see you there!
Thanks again for listening!