Beta Byte: tgstr



tgstrBeta Byte is a series sponsored by LaunchRock for that early stage tech found somewhere between idea and traction. Equally exciting as it is raw.  Are you in this phase?

What is the name of the company and/or product?


What is the customer value proposition?

tgstr bridges the gap between someone’s online and offline life by allowing users who have interacted with each other or shared similar experiences offline to connect with each other online.

What is the target full launch/release date?

Summer 2012

What is the specific technology or combination of technologies, framework, languages, etc. that makes this thing run? Is there any IP?

The web app is built with RoR and we have a native iOS app.  Currently we have no IP.

Who is on the team?

Dustin Thompson, Sam Blankenship, Peter Blankenship

Is there a revenue model?  How big is the market?

The revenue model will be ad based.  We plan to offer advertising at some point down the road for venues to market to users who are in their local market or who have displayed interest in their product or services.

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What is your greatest strength?

We give users the ability to go back in time to connect with the people they interacted with or people who they share similar interests with as well as make those connections in real time.  If you don’t get someone’s name or business card at a networking event or bar the connection is usually lost.  tgstr allows users to revisit that point in time so you can make the connection.

What is your biggest weakness?

The social discovery space is inundated with social discovery apps making it a competitive market.  Also, finding the technical talent necessary to continue developing the application.

What is one resource you could use that would take this to the next level?

The technical talent to continue development of the application as well as a resource for marketing the application.

Is there anything else you would like to add?

We are hoping that users in the Minneapolis area give tgstr a shot and help us test out the product.  We are interested in learning about how people use the app and how we can make it better.