For this week’s meetup, Colin Hodge will be speaking about his experiences building Bang With Friends’ recommendation engine and transitioning it over to one using Neo4j, a graph database.
Launched in January, Bang With Friends has been one of the fastest-growing Facebook apps of this year, scaling rapidly from a hastily thrown-together half-joke to over half a million users in its first two weeks, and in the process becoming a serious player in the dating and social ecosystem.
Colin Hodge co-founded Bang With Friends in January 2013 and has served as CEO since its conception. Previously, Colin founded HeardAboutYou, a dating startup that evolved into Bang With Friends, as well as Cloud 8 Studios, a mobile apps company that published flick+share, a location-based photo sharing app. Colin holds a Bachelor of Science from Cornell University in Computer Science, where he served as Vice President of the local chapter of the Association for Computing Machinery.