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Funding for this project was canceled by the project creator on Apr 4 2014
$3,282
pledged of $25,000pledged of $25,000 goal
56
backers
Funding Canceled
Funding for this project was canceled by the project creator on Apr 4 2014

About

IMPORTANT UPDATE: 

Our campaign has moved!  Check out the NEW CAMPAIGN HERE. If you want to know more about the relaunch, check out our updates.

Sounds interesting, but where would I use it?  

So you watched the video and don't think you're "out" enough for this to be worth it?  Well, we think Pubtap is the right choice for any type of person in any live social situation.  Who wouldn't want automatic, tailored updates about what's going on around them when they are being social, or a way to massively simplify the coordination of a group of friends? Even if you only attend a handful of social events in a year, they could still be better... but we think there are more situations where this would come in handy than you realize.

To put that idea in context, here are some situations where Pubtap will definitely make your life easier: 

  • Sporting events / Tailgate parties / Picnics in the Park - Not a big fan of telling people you're near the 4th row of cars next to the 7th largest tree in the field? Solved.
  • Reunions - Everyone wants to see everyone, but no one wants to field text messages and phone calls from 45 people... Oh, and remember the bar scene you *used* to love in your college town?  Yeah, those places all closed.  You need new, better, real time info on what's going on. Solved.
  • Concerts or Music + Food + Wine festivals - Shana and Justin want to try that chardonnay, and you have your eye on the cheese samples... Need to split up without worrying about how you'll meet back up later?  Solved.
  • House Parties - Organizing a party at your place and want to get a sense for where everyone is? Are they en route? Are you a guest and want to make sure that you're not the first person to arrive? Solved. 
  • Bachelor & Bachelorette Weekends - When the wild card of your group gets wasted and wanders off for pizza without telling anyone, you'll know exactly what happened and where to find him... Or maybe the group has decided at 11 pm that it wants dancing but no one's sure what's fun and nearby?  Solved.
  • Cheers! - Does everyone at the bar around the corner know your name because it's the only bar you go to? Don't want to wander aimlessly down the street hoping to stumble upon something cool? Solved.
  • Vacation - You're on vacation somewhere and have NO idea what's going on.  Don't relish the idea of ending up in the standard tourist traps?  Solved.
  • Or really, just any real life social interaction -  We really wanted to hammer this point home.  If it's real life social, it's right for Pubtap.  Pubtap will make sure that no matter where you start, you'll get the real time information you need to end up at the right spot... and as you move around, Pubtap will keep any stragglers or latecomers to the group updated. 

In other words: Social. Made. Simple.

Why are we working on this? 

Because being social is actually pretty important...

Unfortunately, instead of using technology to make it easier to socialize, we've embraced online “social” products like Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest, Snapchat, Vine, and many others. These do offer value, and may even have us feeling more connected, but there’s no substitute for real-life social interaction with friends. This is where we have a problem:

Don't believe me?  Believe science.  Here’s an excerpt from a study by the University of Michigan Psychology Department:

“The human need for social connection is well established, as are the benefits that people derive from such connections... On the surface, Facebook provides an invaluable resource for fulfilling such needs by allowing people to instantly connect. Rather than enhancing well-being, as frequent interactions with supportive “offline” social networks powerfully do, the current findings demonstrate that interacting with Facebook may predict the opposite result for young adults—it may undermine it.”

And that's just one of several studies we found confirming what most of us already instinctively know... So why have we swarmed online social media like bees to the hive?  First, it was really easy... (“Hey look, I can connect with friends and never leave the house!”)  And two, being social, especially in groups, can be a pain in the... yeah.

So we've made this our mission... to make being social—in real life—simple and efficient so that we can all live happier, healthier lives.

Okay, so what is Pubtap? More details please...

Pubtap is the first fully integrated, automated utility for your social life. It makes the whole social process easier, from venue selection to group coordination.  By doing so we believe it will improve the quantity and quality of your social experiences. Pubtap addresses two specific pain points:

#1. Finding and Choosing Better Social Venues

What’s the problem?

An annoying part of planning a social get-together is choosing a venue because they are always changing. By the day and even by the hour the crowd, music, events, and drink specials are all in flux; What was great for you last Friday could be completely empty tonight.

No matter how often or rarely you socialize, when you do, you need useful, time specific information to cut through the noise to help you find *your* best options.

The solution:

Pubtap’s answer is a real time venue rating, search and recommendation engine that not only let’s you search based on a specific day of week and time of day, it also pushes real time updates and recommendations while you’re out socializing based on what’s actively happening around you!

#2. Social Group Coordination

What’s the problem?

Once you've decided what you’re doing, coordinating with your friends is frustrating at best. Social interactions typically involve a lot of texting and calling as you try to figure out where everyone is, and where they are headed next. It’s so inefficient that somewhere along the way we usually cut our losses and stop responding to the all too popular “where r u?” and “what r u up to?” texts. What we need is timely, automatic information about where everyone is and where they're going.

The solution:

Pubtap has developed a mobile grouping platform specifically designed for social interactions. Our goal is not to provide yet another group messaging solution or a social networky type product. Instead, we have automated the flow of important group information so that you’ll simply have the information you need, when you need it, without needing to ask anyone for it.  And just in case that's not enough, Pubtap offers private real-time location sharing within your group (with limited duration) so you can throw the "where r u?" text out the window

A Social *Utility*

We want to emphasize that Pubtap is a social utility, not a social network.  Remember how we were talking about products like Facebook not meeting our real-life social needs?  Well, they tend to be a time sink too. Our goal is to make it easier to get out in the real world, paying attention to the real people around you, not spending the evening with eyes glued to your smartphone or sending text messages.  We do this by automating processes and surfacing the information that is most relevant to your social situation so that you don't have to go digging for it.  You're going to spend less total time using Pubtap because whenever you access it, just like Richard Marx, everything you need is already right there waiting for you.  And when you do have to interact with the app, we're designing the interface so that those interactions require just a few quick taps.  

100% Private

We know privacy is a concern for you, so it's a major priority for us. Fortunately, we're not building a social network, so nothing on Pubtap will ever be publicly shared or broadcast.  Your social venue preferences are private and any personally identifying data is anonymized.  The info and messages and photos you share with an event group is never shared with anyone else.  Using our product is about improving your social experience; the whole world doesn't need to know what you're up to.

Additional features...

The features detailed above aren't the only features we’re developing. We’re also carefully integrating the following:

  • Private Photo Sharing – Share photos privately with just the people who were actually there
  • Enhanced Contact List – Connect with new friends more easily by looking at who was at past social events; Find out who’s around to hang out by filtering your contact list, showing who’s actually around you or who’s in a specific city that you’ll be visiting
  • Device Calendar Integration – Pubtap automatically keeps your primary calendar up to date w/ any of your Pubtap managed social events
  • And more... we don't plan on stopping here.  When we have ideas about features that will seamlessly integrate into our product to provide you with a better social experience, we're adding them!

Stretch Goals

  • $60,000 – If we can reach this stretch goal, we’ll built an HTML5 version of the app so that Pubtap is available on any internet / web enabled mobile platform, not just iOS and Android.  Delivery of HTML5 integration will be several months behind delivery of the Android and iOS versions.
  • $100,000 - If we can reach this ambitious goal, we can start early on an additional feature development project that will solve the problem of how you can find something to do and be social, on demand, when none of your friends are available.  We're keeping the details under wraps for now, but we're really excited about the idea.

We’ve already started...

We’re already halfway there, so we just need the extra push and support from the Kickstarter community to finish and make sure that we deliver a really great product.  In addition to your monetary pledge, we'd also love to hear your thoughts and ideas about how we can make our product even better! 

The Rewards...

Just a bit more on the rewards we’re offering (in addition to ultimately getting your hands on this amazing mobile utility):

The T-shirt: Seriously, this t-shirt is fantastic. Super soft. We wear ours all the time because it’s comfortable, not to be walking advertisements for the company (well... not just to be...). Plus you’re going to get a color option. Either the dark gray that you see here, or a color to be determined by the popular vote of our $35+ backers. 

The launch party: This will be an epic social event and celebration at a San Francisco venue to be determined. And just FYI, we are not using a single dime of Kickstarter funds to host it. Everything we raise here is earmarked for product development.

The credit card bottle opener: These things are great, and they honestly come in handy all the time.  I personally received one as a promotional gift for another company years and years ago, I've had it in my wallet ever since, and I use it all the time.  When I pass it to someone looking for a bottle opener, they always look at me and say, "Hey, this is awesome.  Where did you get it?"  You can be awesome too... and your answer to that question will be, "Oh, I backed this awesome company called Pubtap on Kickstarter... they hooked me up!" (note: the sample image is just an example; yours will have the Pubtap logo laser engraved)

More Information 

For additional product and company information, please visit us at www.pubtap.com.

Special Thanks

A few special thanks are in order:

The first goes to Loren Graves at Our Troubles Are Over Productions who helped us put together what we think is an awesome video. If you need video production work done extremely well, feel free to follow the link and check their company out.

The second goes to Lightning Tavern in San Francisco. Not only do these guys, in our humble opinion, run one of the better bars in San Francisco, they were also cool enough to let us use their place to shoot our video.  If you’re ever in San Francisco, go there.

And last but not least, our thanks to "Johnny" and all the folks that were willing to take time in the middle of a Monday afternoon to help with the video shoot... Pubtap hearts you.

Risks and challenges

Like any software project, ours comes with the risk that we don't actually finish building it. However, that risk is extremely small given that we've already started, it's going well, and we have a prototype complete.

There's also the risk that the product doesn't work very well or that it doesn't do what we're saying it will do. We are 100% focused on delivering all of the features described, and that the whole app will have the polished look and feel that you see in the screenshots above. We also want you to know that we're paying extremely close attention to the usability, speed, and responsiveness of the app so that in addition to being useful, it's also not clunky or burdensome to work with.

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    •• SPECIAL THANK YOU •• Pubtap wouldn't be possible without your support, so we want to say thank you publicly. We will add your name (and optional photo) to a special thank you page on our website that will memorialize every one of the backers who helped make our vision of simpler, optimized social life for everyone a reality.

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    the above reward plus... •• EXCLUSIVE EARLY PRODUCT ACCESS •• With a $10 donation, you'll receive a few items. #1 - You'll get free, early access to download the product and the ability to invite your friends. #2 - You'll also be given free, early access to the two additional products/features that we are planning to develop as add-ons to Pubtap's existing functionality. #3 - An invitation to join an exclusive forum of early backers where you can communicate your ideas and comments about the product and what we can be doing better. We're going to be paying special attention to the feedback of anyone who thinks our core idea is compelling enough to back monetarily.

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    •• BONUS REWARD - THE PUBLICITY STUNT •• We're adding this reward for all our backers of $10 or more. If we hit our funding goal, Pubtap's founder will allow $10+ backers to come up with and vote on a publicity stunt or physical challenge of some kind (think: the cinnamon challenge or an embarrassing lack of clothing in public, etc.), to be performed by Jason, the project sponsor. Said act will be professionally recorded on video and distributed for your personal entertainment. There will be some safety and legal guidelines, but generally the challenge will be open to the collective imagination of our supporters.

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    all the above rewards plus... •• PUBTAP LASER ENGRAVED CREDIT CARD BOTTLE OPENER •• You are clearly into being social, and it's awfully tough to be social if can't get your drink open... Back us with $20 and we'll send you an awesome credit card sized stainless steel bottle opener laser engraved w/ Pubtap's logo. Ditch that old key chain opener that you've had since college and step into a whole new world of class. Not sure what we're talking about, check out the picture near the bottom of the campaign page on the left.

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    all the above rewards plus... •• SUPER SOFT LIMITED EDITION PUBTAP T-SHIRT •• For being obviously awesome, we'll send you a super high quality Pubtap t-shirt. We use ultra-comfy polyester/cotton blend shirts so you're going to find yourself wearing it all the time. We will be offering the option of one additional color in addition to the charcoal color shown. We'll check in with you on sizing and color preference before we ship.

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    all the above rewards plus... •• ANOTHER AWESOME LIMITED EDITION PUBTAP T-SHIRT •• Love the idea of a super comfy and soft Pubtap t-shirt? Want another one? Hook us up with 50 George Washingtons and we'll hook you up with a second tee to go with the first. You can request a different size if you'd like, and either the same color or the alternate that is voted in.

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    all the above rewards plus... •• 2 INVITATIONS TO PUBTAP'S EPIC LAUNCH PARTY •• We will be throwing a kick ass San Francisco launch party (est. July) when the product is finished, and we'd like to invite backers who fund $90 or more to join us with 2 tickets to the event. As a company all about live social events, you can be sure we'll be putting some serious thought into how to make this party truly epic. Come join an amazing group of people for a celebration of being social! (Note: Due to venue restrictions, you must be 21 years old or older to participate)

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    all the above rewards plus...•• 2 MORE INVITATIONS TO PUBTAP'S EPIC LAUNCH PARTY •• For a total of 4 invitations. Because you have a lot of cool friends that will want to come party at an awesome event like this one. (Note: Attendees still must be 21 or older)

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    •• PUBTAP ADVISORY CIRCLE •• Be an Official Pubtap Advisor. We know, a thousand bucks is a lot, so this is not a funding level for your standard Kickstarter backer... but we still wanted to create a donation level for anyone out there that is so excited about our vision that they want to be a real part of the team. We will accept up to 10 advisor circle backers who, after signing a non-disclosure agreement, will be included in select internal product strategy focused communications. As someone who cares about the product and vision, we'll directly solicit your input on feature development decisions, you'll get access to early beta releases of future products to try out, and you'll have a direct line to the company's founders. You'll also receive 3 PUBTAP T-SHIRTS, 3 LASER ENGRAVED STEEL CREDIT CARD BOTTLE OPENERS, and 6 LAUNCH PARTY INVITATIONS. Yeah, we know what you're thinking... sweet package.

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