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By Gregory Taff
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About this project

Countless times, we have spoken with friends and family who traveled to other countries. They usually came back quite excited about the trip, telling all about interesting sights and activities, and always talking about the food. If I asked, “Did you meet any locals?” they inevitably said something like, “We talked a bit with our cab driver, and the waiter was really nice, but other than that, no.” We at PurpleDinner believe many travelers would like the opportunity to meet locals, especially if they were offered a portal into the local culture and life – for instance, through a dinner at someone’s house!

PurpleDinner.com is a website that matches guests with hosts to enjoy meals in people's homes. Guests simply send a meal request to a host on the PurpleDinner website, and the host can then organize a convenient meal time with the guest. Hosts can choose in their profiles to ask guests for a monetary contribution, a small gift, or for nothing at all. We currently have members in 90 countries, so it’s great for travelers to enjoy authentic experiences abroad, dining in local homes.

PurpleDinner.com can offer great experiences and promote new friendships and cultural exchanges throughout the world. This is a great opportunity for budget travelers, and for hosts to welcome guests and supplement their income by simply adding extra places at their dinner table. PurpleDinner.com can help hosts in certain countries double or triple their wages, such as in parts of Eastern Europe where common wages are just 10 Euros per day. We are a small team (Greg and Marsil), and we have both traveled many countries on a low budget, and we understand that some of the most rewarding experiences come from connecting with locals, particularly in their homes and over good local food.

With the current refugee crisis, PurpleDinner also acts as a platform to help refugees integrate and connect with their new communities. People who want to help can use PurpleDinner.com to offer meals to refugees on the road and in their new home cities. In addition, we are having a wonderful time in our city of Tromsø, where a group of Syrian refugees is offering weekly Purple Dinners in their asylum home to Tromsø residents and travelers. One of the refugee hosts told us that, by meeting locals through hosting a Purple Dinner, he felt welcome in his new home town for the first time. As part of our vision for PurpleDinner.com, we will encourage people to organize Purple Dinners to make positive social impacts by connecting with refugees in their communities.

We have been using money from our own pockets (which aren’t deep) to develop PurpleDinner.com since 2012. We have already spent thousands of hours in developing our plan, and in creating and promoting the website. We are now at the point where we need more financing to complete our beautiful new website, and to launch our new marketing campaign.

We are humbly asking for your support. We would be very grateful if you would consider donating to our Kickstarter campaign – no gift is too small or too big. If you are not able to donate, please help us spread the word about this exciting project!

  • Share this Kickstarter link to invite friends to join our campaign. Let friends know what an exciting project this is.
  • Use the Kickstarter share tools and send this out to your networks, via Facebook, Twitter, and email.
  • Don't forget to use the hashtag #Purpledinner. Let's go viral!

Thank you very much!

Sincerely,
Greg and Marsil

Risks and challenges

To get our project off the ground, we built an inexpensive website using a standard social media platform that we could tailor to only a small degree. With your help, we will complete the website we envision for the future of PurpleDinner.com. Our website is more complex than most, and our risks and challenges include finding and resolving the inevitable issues that will arise. The funding will support our small but talented development team in getting the site release ready.

One key challenge is to build a large user base. Once the new website is launched, we will put all of efforts towards getting new members through many marketing channels.

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    Pledge $1 or more About $1.00

    Thank you very much!!

    You can choose to be a "featured host" on our front page for 1 week (within the first year), to help you receive more dinner requests from guests in your area.
    We will send you several email updates each year about progress of PurpleDinner.com, as well as personal interest stories about host or guest experiences. We will also send you a special PurpleDinner recipe in each email!

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    Thank you!! We are so very grateful!

    Everything in the $1+ tier and:

    You will be able to send a really unique gift to anyone you choose! You can send a potato (that's right, a POTATO!) with a hand-written message on it as a humorous gift to a friend/family member (includes PurpleDinner handwritten tag). See this website:
    http://potatoparcel.com/

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    Thank you!! We are so very grateful!

    Everything in the $1+ tier and:

    We'll send you one of our fancy PurpleDinner coffee mugs with our logo, which can be a nice conversation starter for guests in your home! You may also choose a potato instead (see Reward #2).

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    We thank you very much from the bottom of our hearts!!!

    Everything in the $125+ tier and:

    We will send a special PurpleDinner gift to each person that supports us at this level! You'll also receive a fancy PurpleDinner coffee mugs with our logo.

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Funding period

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