Need an event planner in your group of friends to figure out what the heck to do tonight? Baltimore, MD start-up Kithly is here to help, in the form of a mobile app that is.
Minority founder Devin Partlow and Stacy Weng created a mobile based application that plans what to do with your friends by learning user ‘hanging out’ tastes, similar to how Pandora and Spotify radio learn what music to play based on what you play and like.
Kithly whose name is derived from the word ‘kith’ which means one’s friends, relations and acquaintances, combines knowledge from user activity with the founders knowledge of nearby activities and destinations to produce and plan things for you to do with friends and family.
“Kithly alleviates the hassle of having to have a “planner” in the group to actually go out and have fun,” Partlow says. “Kithly is now that planner. The next time you want to get together with your friends all you have to do is ask Kithly, then go out and do it.”
With over 60 beta users, Partlow says they have learned nearly 200 things about how people like to hang out and plan to see Kithly’s solution for friends empower numerous other types of relationships from couples having a hard time choosing where to go on a date to startup founders coordinating schedules with mentors.
“In a year from now numerous people will turn to Kithly for a solution to these problems and much more,” Partlow says.
Kithly’s growth is very likely not only with its founder and interface intelligence, but with funding.
“We have raised $25,000 from Accelerate Baltimore and we’re looking to raise an additional $75,000 for research with Maryland Industrial Partnerships to improve the smarts behind Kithly,” Partlow says.
Currently the app is publicly available leading up to its December launch. Android users can download the app now. In addition, users and potential users can can sign up to be notified about beta versions and the full product launch coming at the end of the year.
Category: Featured, Startups | Tags: Baltimore startup, Curation, Devin Partlow, entrepreneurs, friends, Kithly, minority entrepreneur, mobile app, Startup