February 26, 2013
Want to get a group together for an Oscars Party? How about some cross-country skiing? Great – now how do we make it happen? We send out Evites, Facebook invites, and emails, but people still manage to slip through the cracks. We coordinate dates, times, venues, cost, and a seemingly endless list of details large and small. The outcome is an awesome time and great memories, but the logistics of pulling it off can be a nightmare.
Vookup aims to streamline the process by creating a one-stop shop for planning events and group activities. Their service includes everything from group calendars, budget planners, task reminders, and polls. It makes planning a group activity, a group activity in itself.
The founder, Pauline Idogho, is a graduate of the Wharton School of Business and has eight years of investment banking and principal investing experience in the US and emerging markets. Most recently, she worked on strategy and business development in a billion dollar clean energy startup. Vookup is just the latest venture in her amazing career.
The idea for Vookup came out of years of stressful event organizing experiences. Besides the practical tools that Pauline hopes to provide, she sees this product as a revolutionary and fun way to disrupt the event-planning world.
“Think of Vookup as an event planner without the price tag…The most exciting thing about working on Vookup is that we are modernizing the way groups plan social events. We hope to make it organized, effective, and lots of fun. A lot of apps focus on one aspect, such as RSVPing, group cost splitting, surveying , or photo sharing, but it is hard to find an app that centralizes all tools. Bringing this to life and revolutionizing the way things have been traditionally done is quite fascinating, exciting and a great learning experience.”
Pauline is also excited to be launching her product in the socially active city of Washington, DC. The 18-35 demographic in DC is one of the most diverse in the world. Young adults come to DC from all over the place to build careers and form a community of their own. Pauline envisions Vookup as an exciting tool to enable this sense of community. Oh, and the vibrant tech scene in DC doesn’t hurt either.
Vookup is currently available in beta. The website offers a quick and easy registration and tutorial. We look forward to seeing how this DC startup evolves.
Kristin Pryor (@kristinpryor) is an archeologist by day and budding entrepreneur by night, who is enthusiastically navigating her way through the DC startup space. She has an unending passion for learning and is never satisfied with the status quo. Her current obsessions include wine, hiking, and Downton Abbey.
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