App invented by 2 Rutgers alumni helps students coordinate social gatherings
Two Rutgers alumni have recently released a new app called
Josh Block graduated in 2013 and Josh Yammer graduated in 2014. Block said that he had had the idea for the app when he was in college, but did not think about how to implement it until after he had graduated.
Block said that what makes Sponte different from currently available platforms like Facebook and Meetup is that it is so informal and fast-paced.
“It could be, 'We're going to (Olde) Queens Bar, I'll be there at 11 at the door, who's coming tonight?'” Block said. “You know you're going anyways. You don't want to spend an hour talking to your friends about if they're gonna come or not. You just let them know you're gonna be there. Then you can invite them through the app. It's just a really good way to get your friends together to do something.”
Block said that while Facebook is useful for planning formal events a few weeks ahead of time, it does not allow users to quickly plan activities. Moreover, it does not accurately gauge how many people are going to the event, because oftentimes people who RSVP do not actually go to the event.
Yammer said that
“Let's say I want to go to a happy hour at a nightclub or whatever. I can just invite all my Facebook friends on the app,” Yammer said. “Right now, without this, what do you do? You text a bunch of people, 'Anyone
Block said that
“If you don't sign up on an email list at the beginning of the semester at the activity fair, you're relying on word of mouth,” Block said. “The hope is that with
“We're looking for someone who's looking to join this startup and wants to make their Rutgers experience a little more fulfilling by going to as many things as possible,” Block said. “I know when I was a senior I started freaking out that I was gonna miss out, and tried to go to everything that I could possible go to. The only way I could possibly do that now would be to use
Max Marcus is a School of Arts and Sciences senior. He is a contributing writer for The Daily Targum.