If you’re an outgoing person, planning your schedule can feel like a full-time job. Quixplore is launching its shared social calendar today to improve the process of discovering things to do and coordinating and sharing your social life.
Finding cool stuff to do is time-consuming. It involves emailing, texting, checking Facebook, and browsing through various event listings. Quixplore’s goal is to provide a single place to share your plans to an audience of followers.
“People want a place to find out all the best things to do in their city; that’s why event startups are so common,” said founder Matthew Kandler. “The problem, however, is that most events sites focus on large events with big guest lists, which are meant to appeal to a broad audience. This leaves us with no place for the things we are actually doing, such as going for a weekend hike, meeting up with friends for a happy hour, or joining a pickup soccer game.”
Rather than aggregating and curating content from the web, like competitors UpOut, Flavorpill, UpTo, Sosh, and Thrillist, content on Quixplore is crowdsourced. People may go to those other sites for inspiration, but they use other channels to make the actual plans. Quixplore makes it easy to quickly share ideas and activities with friends, and it includes location and time information so you only see events that are relevant to you.
You can sign up through Facebook so all your Facebook friends and events are pulled into Quixplore’s system. You can also add followers and build a social reputation. What you do defines who you are more than a like or tweet, says Kandler, and Quixplore wants to make your social calendar part of your online identity.
Kandler and cofounder Nic Hippenmeyer met while earning Master’s degrees at Stanford’s engineering school. Two years ago, Kandler was visiting Nic in New York City and realized there was no easy way to contact his friends in the city and find out their weekend plans, and as a result, he missed out on some ‘great parties.’
“We realized that there are two huge problems with making plans with friends,” Kandler said. “Most of the things we actually do are only shared on emails or texts, and location is not taken advantage of enough — why wouldn’t you want to tell everyone near you about the cool events you’re attending? The fact of the matter is that there is no one place to see all of the awesome things happening nearby.”
Quixplore takes a Path-like approach to activity discovery. Just as Path is a smaller, more intimate alternative to Facebook, Quixplore takes this idea of a private social network and applies it to your planning social life. The startup is based in Palo Alto and currently bootstrapped.
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