February 8, 2013
Sometimes the Internet can feel like a lonely place. Sure, there countless conversations that go on all around the net, but how many of those are interesting, and actually care about you from a relationship perspective? Don’t even bother using Facebook (aka Stalkerbook) or dating sites (everyone knows the pictures and descriptions are drastically misleading). If you’re looking for something more genuine, check out partyline app, winner of Tech Cocktail Week’s Hottest Showcasing Startup of Las Vegas.
Tech Cocktail: What is partyline?
Joe Thomas: Partyline (@partylineapp) is an app (for iOS and Android) that targets single people in the US who are looking to chat, flirt, date, and meet new friends. If you’re bored or just need someone to talk to, partyline is the app you need to have on your device. Partyline also features the ability to randomly connect users by voice chat based on preferred gender.”
Tech Cocktail: What was the inspiration behind the partyline app?
Thomas: Our inspiration behind our startup was that dating sites and apps are boring, have outdated technology, and to fill out profiles is time-consuming. partyline was built to create a fun, convenient, and different way to meet and interact with new people. I enjoy the fact that our category falls in social media. Social media is still in its infancy, and I am excited to see what new ideas are presented as this sector grows.
Tech Cocktail: Who is partyline’s greatest competitor and how do you differentiate yourself?
Thomas: Our greatest competitors are dating apps and websites like OkCupid, PlentyOfFish, and Badoo.
partyline is a mobile app that randomly connect users to new people via voice chat based on preferred gender. We eliminated outdated features like browsing profiles and sending messages back and forth. partyline connects users to a live conversation with new users faster than any other service. There is a shift in social entertainment happening. Users are getting bored staying connected with their friends. There is a need for people to meet NEW friends.
Tech Cocktail: What is the biggest advantage and disadvantage of starting up in Las Vegas?
Thomas: The biggest advantage of starting up in Las Vegas is that we have an amazing startup tech community that is very supportive of entrepreneurs and their ideas. The energy here is so positive, and I wouldn’t want to be anywhere else. Being a part of VegasTech is awesome. This is a wonderful opportunity for startups to be in Las Vegas.
The biggest disadvantage is that Las Vegas is known for its gambling, nightlife, and shopping. People don’t think about Las Vegas as being a hub for startups, not to mention tech startups. Little do they know what is going on here.
Tech Cocktail: Describe a challenging moment or a crucial decision for partyline. How did you deal with it, and what did you learn from it?
Thomas: A challenging moment for our startup was searching for a technical cofounder. My brother Johny and I are entrepreneurs. We are both tech savvy, but we do not code. Since we started the company almost a year ago, searching for a technical cofounder has been a tough task. Your cofounder is your first investor. Johny and I were so determined and focused on finding a partner who was just as passionate about this idea as we are.
If you ask, you shall receive. It is crazy how people come into your life. partyline found its tech cofounder after much hard work and dedication. We learned that it was one of the most important steps of moving the company forward. Everything is coming into place so well.
Tech Cocktail: What’s one quirky fact about partyline, your team, or your office culture?
Thomas: I have always dreamed of hosting a big-scale party. My brother Johny has always dreamed of starting a tech company. We now realize that partyline is both of our dreams combined!
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