UPDATE: Thanks to your overwhelming support, we met our initial funding goal of $10,000 in <16hrs!
We celebrated for about 5 minutes, then decided to get back to work - because the work doesn't stop until we get to put Swoonbox in all of your hands. After all, we could all use a lot more love in this word.
We've decided set a new milestone before the campaign culminates: $20,000. Help us continue building the momentum and hit the "Back This Project" button now!
Let’s face it. It’s 2019, and we live in an era of relentless options.
Thanks to a society that has taught us to party hard and chase our goals, protect our heart and find the one, look cute, but not like you’re trying too hard, modern online dating has become a proverbial game of cat and mouse.
Once upon a time, people went on dates IRL. But these days, we sit at home, swipe left and right, and chat for days only to never actually end up meeting in person. In fact, 75% of conversations that take place on online apps don’t make it through to the real world. Confronting this sad reality really got us thinking about the current state of affairs: is there even life after the 3rd “lol”? How does one even escape text purgatory? Are we doomed to a future of carpal tunnel syndrome and "Hey's" left hanging?
We couldn't find a solution, so we decided to build one instead.
From concerts to sports games to festivals, Swoonbox pairs you up with a date and an experience you’ll both enjoy. We help you cut out the song and dance, so you can get straight to the show.
The best way to think of us is this: if Tinder and Ticketmaster hooked up, Swoonbox would be the child (But like, way more social). Here’s how it works:
A Match Made in Mobile Heaven
You can match with potential dates based on who you’re interested in meeting and what you’re interested in doing. Who knows? If you’re lucky, you could meet bae and see Bey on the same night!
As Simple as 1, 2, Swipe
On Swoonbox, you get to call all the shots - even if you aren’t Steph Curry. Creating an account is super easy, no elaborate profile needed. Just tell us 1) what you like in people, and 2) what you like in events, teams, and/or artists. We’ll line up your potential dates and experiences, so you can start teaming up in seconds.
Truly, Madly, DEEP-ly
From the moment you start using the app, Swoonbox picks up on what you like through deep learning, a form of machine learning that makes nuanced match recommendations based on your habits, settings, likes and dislikes. Details like who you’ve swiped on, the events you’ve attended, and your favorite artists on Spotify are all key ingredients in our secret sauce that help us find dates that suit your taste.
Give a Little, Get a Lot
Already have tickets to an event, but prefer not to roll solo? No problem. Thanks to AI-powered image analysis, Swoonbox will help you connect the dots. Post your tickets up on the app, and see who else is a Party Monster! Your only job? Find out if they wanna see you Often, or are just here for the Weeknd.
We are 2 New Yorkers of the tech and advertising variety, so romance is in our DNA. We’re not afraid to show our love for our supporters, even before you’re ready to commit.
As small gestures of appreciation, here’s a list of all the gifts we’re ready to shower you with. Remember - as with any healthy relationship, the more you put in, the more you get out.
TIER 1: Flirt ($5 or more)
Thanks for giving love a chance! Your contribution will help tremendously. After this campaign has been funded and our app is available, you’ll be the first to know! You will also receive positive vibes & a shout out to your handle from our @swoonboxapp Instagram.
TIER 2: Kiss ($10 or more)
Everything from Tier 1, plus: we’ll send you a copy of an e-book, written by our very own dating coach Bryan Gray to help you hone your dating craft - a $9.99 value.
TIER 3: 1st Date ($35 or more)
Everything from Tiers 1-2, plus: You'll get 1 yr of our Swoonbox VIP premium plan, which includes 10% off 2 events/month of your choice from our entire ticket inventory (100,000 and counting)! Check out our subscription plan breakdown section for all the perks Swoonbox VIP gives you. We’ll also throw in a cool launch tee, designed by our very own Brooklyn-born Lester Leong.
TIER 4: 2nd Date ($49 or more)
Everything from Tiers 1-3, plus: Enjoy a full year of Swoonbox VIP, but for you and 2 friends!
TIER 5: 3rd Date ($70 or more)
Everything from Tiers 1-4, plus: You'll get 1 yr of our Swoonbox Backstage premium plan, which includes 10% off an UNLIMITED number of tickets across our entire ticket inventory (100,000 events and counting)! Check out our subscription plan breakdown section for the full list of perks Swoonbox Backstage gives you.
Tier 6: Serious Relationship ($199 or more)
Everything from Tiers 1-5, plus: Too shy or too busy to manage your dating life? Our dating concierge service can take care of that for you. We'll provide you personalized advice on matches you're already talking to, date suggestions, style tips, and more through bi-weekly 15 minute sessions with us. A Kickstarter Exclusive!
Swoonbox will be free to download and use, forever. However, we do offer 2 premium plans with pretty awesome perks, if we do say so ourselves! Here's a breakdown of what you get with each plan.
From idea to execution, we spent countless hours building, testing and refining what we think is the best event-based dating app out there.
All we hope is that when you use our app, you'll feel the love we put into it, and share it with everyone else.
Of course, we couldn't have gotten this far without the following AWESOME people:
- Shanni Deng, Marketing & Brand Strategy. Dance music lover. Culture vulture. Canadian, but not sorry bout that. "I want to put a date in the universe."
- Sarah Robb, Graphic Design, self-proclaimed font nerd.
- Alex Hass, Videographer/Director
- Alexie Basil, Script and Copy
- Manan Shah, UX Design, Golden Age of Hip Hop lover, comic book collector, born and bred New Yorker, and amateur graffiti doer.
- Joanne Leong, Marketing & Brand Strategy. Brooklyn native. Advertising nerd. Loves: Gridskipping, list-making, and baking all of the things
- Ben Styles, Frontend Software Engineer
- Emily Darby, UX Design
- Arturo Contreras, UX Design
- Zach Rayman, UX Design
We're just getting started. With your help, we could be so much more! We've already got many things in the pipeline.
As New Yorkers, ambition is in our DNA. We believe it's always good to stay hungry and push the limits of what could someday be one of the most important and fundamental of human interactions.
- Fandango integration: the classic movie date!
- Swoonbox VR
- Parties in your city!
Since November 2016, we have spent countless hours planning, coding, and testing the world’s best event-based dating app. After successfully completing a beta in New York City, we are confident Swoonbox will transform the way we approach first dates.
To put the final touches on everything, we need $10,000. As a Kickstarter exclusive, we're offering premium tier perks, from discounted tickets to cool swag and personalized premium services. Peep our pledge table - these are limited offers available for Kickstarter backers only.
We believe in 100% transparency with our backers. That’s why we will always do everything in our power to keep you fully up-to-date about the campaign, development, and launch. If you ever have any questions or comments, please post them in the “Comments” section of our page and our team will get back to you ASAP.
How we'll use our funding
A good amount of what we raise here on Kickstarter will go towards adding some of the awesome features that many of you have already asked for, before we go live on the App Store. We believe in a quality-first approach and we want to put our best foot forward because that's what we believe will keep you guys coming back.
Remaining funds will go towards marketing and building the community (this is a social app after all!) and day-to-day server expenses.
**We had even more features to bring you and hopes of reaching even more people. Now that you've helped up get funded in ONLY 15hrs we want to see if we can double our goal ($20,000) and bring you even more of what we have planned.**
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We can't do this without you and every share counts!
Risks and challenges
As with any app development project, there are a handful of unavoidable risks.
In addition to building breathing room into our timeline to prepare for the unexpected, we have left no stone unturned in the development process. As we developed the alpha, tested the beta, evaluated user feedback, entered the last stages of development, and will eventually launch, we’ve asked every question we could think of and planned for every thinkable contingency.
Of course, we value transparency above all else. We will communicate with our backers for the entire ride--bumps and all.
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