February 12, 2015
Making new friends as adults can be challenging. According to research from the American Psychological Association, while our social circles increase through early adulthood, our friendship networks peak and start to decrease as you move through your twenties. And it gets worse; we lose half of our close friends every seven years and replace them with new relationships.
New York City-based startup Kewl Circle, wants to help you make new friends in the adult playground we call life. The location-based, interest-centric app, connects people nearby who share the same interests. The app also encourages users to participate in activities related to those interests.
“We wanted to make the process of socializing organic,” said Kewl Circle’s CEO and founder, Manju Nishshanka. “We designed Kewl Circle to offer the best functionalities of today’s most popular social media platforms, in one user-friendly app. In just a short amount of time, my team has created an app that allows users to find people that are interested in the same activities while helping them plan and facilitate various activities, and then post about the experiences they had during those activities.”
To create real friendships, you need consistency. We rarely have that kind of consistency outside of work and marriage. Nishshanka experienced this problem first-hand, when her moved to New York City from London.
“I wanted to find people outside of my immediate finance network in the New York City area who wanted to do fun activities, but had little luck. After talking with other people and identifying that this basic socialization issue was affecting others, I decided to do something about it. I reached out to some of my developer friends and convinced them to work with me to build an app that would help people connect and actually socialize in real life,” said Nishshanka.
The app seamlessly allows users not only create a ‘Kewl Circle’ of friends, but also nurture those new relationships. You can share pictures and video based on an event, and even chat privately.
” Kewl Circle will add true value to people’s lives, online and off. It’s time to restore the ‘social’ in social media again and I think Kewl Circle is the app to do just that,” Nishshanka said.
Kewl Circle is currently available in New York City and Miami, and will be rolling out nationwide in the upcoming months. The startup is currently in talks with a New York-based investor in regards to seed funding.
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