Stage: 1.0 (formal launch)
Number of employees: 1-5
Glancee is an iOS/Android app for social discovery. It lets people meet nearby who share friends and interests with them, and talk with their friends about the people they meet. We have the best user experience and technology (recommendation engine, background location, profile sync).
Remember the feeling of talking to someone new, realizing that you have a dear friend in common and that you both love that artist only you know about? Glancee helps you discover these hidden connections and meet with people important to you. Explore the profiles of people nearby and be notified when somebody has common friends or mutual interests. Text or call, meet up for a coffee, and stay in touch. Create new, meaningful connections with new people just like you.
We are Andrea, Alberto, Gabriel, Alessandro, and Islam. We created Glancee to bring together the best of our physical and digital worlds. If you like our idea, if it drives you mad, or if you just want to say hello, send us an email.
Andrea Vaccari is a computer scientist and a digital sociologist. He has collaborated with the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, the Santa Fe Institute, and Google to investigate people's lifestyle through their interaction with digital technologies. His work has been exhibited at the Museum of Modern Art in New York City and the Design Museum in Barcelona, Spain, and has been featured on the New York Times and Time Magazine.
Alberto Tretti is a PhD student in natural language processing at the University of Illinois at Chicago. He has collaborated with Motorola Labs to developed new algorithms to automatically describe large collections of text and video metadata. He has also served in leadership positions for the Graduate Student Council, the UIC International Club, and Rotary's Rotex Club.
Gabriel Grise is a creative engineer who worked in many technology areas such as mobility, telecom, aerospace and geospatial information systems. He has worked as a R&D engineer at Ericsson and as software engineer at CAE Inc. He also collaborated with the Massachusetts Institute of Technology where he developed scientific software to facilitate research.
Facebook connects people that already know each other and let them share thoughts and pictures. Glancee aims at introducing new people that don't already know each other, but love the same artists, products, and more. We believe that conquering the interest graph will be the next big thing, and we built Glancee around this goal.
We built a unique recommendation engine that can match and introduce people based on their interests. For example, we will recommend you people who like skiing if you like snowboarding, and fans of Quentin Tarantino if you like Pulp Fiction.