Watch Givme launch on stage here.
This interview with Givme founders Murray Hidary (left) and Robert Etropolsky (right) was conducted by the Job Portraits team during the LAUNCH Festival.
Can you give us your elevator pitch?
Givme is a photo sharing app for friends. When we go out, inevitably there are pictures of me on your phone and pictures of you on my phone.
Givme uses facial recognition, location, and time to see when we were together, and lets us share all the pictures taken at those moments with one click. Anything in life worth doing is worth doing in one click.
The other cool part is that Givme puts the photos in your camera roll, so they aren’t tied up. From there you can post to Instagram or Facebook, print an album, whatever.
How did you settle on this problem?
We’ve all experienced it. We go out with friends, whether just one buddy or a dinner party with 20 people, and then: “Hey, don't forget to text or email me that picture!” We’ve all said that line before.
What has the LAUNCH Festival experience been like for you?
It's been an incredible couple days here. We're just sharing the app for the first time, and it's been great to get the feedback. In ten seconds people are like, “Yeah, I need that. I can't wait for you guys to launch it.”
So here we are, making it happen.
We need to actually get it out to all of our beta users. A ton of people have signed up, but we're going to get it out to a small group, get feedback, continue to iterate, and invite more people as it gets better.
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