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Startup Roundup – 8th March

Social Discovery Insights is constantly on the lookout for new players, disruptive business models, and innovative technologies, in the social discovery market.

  1. Axir: For sporty people looking to meet new friends through activities, Axir allows users to post an activity idea, which could be tennis, a hike, or dinner. Users can customize the privacy settings of an activity they post, and make an event ‘secret’ if it’s a private gathering.
  2. Whyzzer: A knowledge-sharing app, where users can host a talk on a topic they’re experts in, or join other people’s talks as a guest. Each ‘Talk’ becomes its own video conversation thread, encouraging genuine interactions. Users can network and share their expertise on topics of interest.
  3. The Lo: This paid membership-based network connects queer women to friendship and community near them. It provides a space for online connection, and opportunities to meet in person through member-run and company-run events. It also welcomes non-binary and gender nonconforming users.

In Case You Missed It! Here’s last week’s Startup Roundup:

  1. S’more: Inspired by locals in the Big Apple who share honest word-of-mouth recommendations for good finds, S’more is an online community for New Yorkers to share their reviews of places and experiences in the city. It looks similar to Instagram, with image carousels and text reviews underneath, and already has more than 60,000 users.
  2. Discz: A music discovery app aimed at Gen Z, where users can chat to each other and discover new music by swiping through snippets of songs. A swipe right adds a song to a playlist, while a swipe left discards it. It’s full of Y2K nostalgia, from the Myspace-like customizable user space or the ‘aux parties’ feature where users can hang out virtually.
  3. Retro: Founded by Instagram alums, Retro offers a “cozier” alternative, where users can upload pictures and videos from a calendar week to a feed only viewable to their friends. While you can share a picture in real time, it’s meant to be used retroactively. The app sees high participation rates, with users more comfortable sharing their lives in this way.
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