“I owe you a beer.”
If you added up all the instances someone has said this to you with the times you’ve made this promise to someone else, you would arrive at a number larger than anything ever seen by man. It’s the default favor recognition phrase. The problem is – in the era of the Internet – favors happen internationally, and well, beer giving is a local affair. Although I mean it when I promise a pal a porter, my ability to execute is limited to circumstance and memory (an unreliable combination).
This is the same dilemma that Sean Kennedy had experienced too many times in his own life:
“Since graduating college in 2007 from University of Maryland, Baltimore County I have worked for two software consulting companies with Fortune 500 clients in their portfolio. Consequently, my colleagues have been spread around the world and, despite some wedding invitations, I will likely never meet them in person. When a buddy would stay up with me until 3am in the morning working through a problem or drop everything to help me out of a bind, I could never really follow-up on my ‘I owe you a beer’ comments. Over the years there has been a lot of guilt building up from not following through. So a few months ago I sat down one weekend and made a prototype to fix the problem.”
Kennedy’s solution is BeerGivr, a service that lets people send an allowance for drinks at participating bars.
Kennedy has since bolstered his team, adding Scott Cover as an advisor, the owner of a computer networking firm, and Ryan Bricklemyer as “Director of Cold Ones,” the former host of “Tech Cook”, an online cooking show, and consultant at Sogeti USA.
As of now, BeerGivr is a Baltimore-area only service; they’re hoping to work out the kinks prior to moving out of the area. As for their specific plans for expansion, Kennedy says, “We are looking at suburban areas of Maryland and Washington, DC next. Maybe Philadelphia. Fortunately for us, we are starting to see the idea gain traction where businesses are now reaching out to us and friends are talking to each other about BeerGivr.”
Curious as to what someone who builds a product around beer drinks himself, Kennedy had the following to say:
“To be honest, I was clueless when this all started months ago. But the Baltimore beer crowd has been really encouraging, and thanks to an awesome app called “untappd,” I can look these things up. Out of the over 200 unique beers in the past few months, one of my favorites is a local Maryland beer called Retribution by DuClaw Brewing. It’s an Imperial Stout aged in Bourbon barrels. So good.”
Owe someone a beer? Cash in on the karma points and head over to BeerGivr.
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