Kismet connects you to your existing friends in the real world by simplifying getting together face to face. We show you which of your friends are nearby or alert you when the app isn't open, then make it simple to invite them to meet you.
When you're planning to get together with a group of any size, Kismet makes the experience simpler and more social. Users can invite their friends whether or not they are Kismet users. Non-users can easily reply from the web or their phone without having to install the app.
No longer do you need to send hundreds of text messages or try to follow long email threads just to meet for Happy Hour. Users are also notified automatically when other users arrive and depart the event, meaning you’ll never have to ask “Are you here yet?”
Kismet was one of the most talked about companies of SXSW 2012, in the hot "ambient location" and "social discovery" space. Founded in 2011, Kismet was part of AngelPad's Winter 2011 class of startups, and has been lauded as one of the most privacy and user conscious apps in the space.
Kevin Stephens (Co-founder and CEO) was an early Googler, and was also previously at YouTube, Apple, and Boxee. At Google he was one of the earliest members of the mobile team and a key member of the AdSense team, where he worked across Engineering, Product, and Business Development to help build Google's mobile presence in Asia Pacific and Latin America. At Boxee he headed the company’s Device Partnerships and architected the company’s distribution strategy. He holds a BS in Computer Science from UCSD.
Michelle Norgan (Co-founder and Chief Product Officer) was previously on the founding team of a social startup where she designed and launched the company's Consumer Mobile and Web products. She presented Kismet during the AngelPad W2011 Demo Day to investors, and launched the company onstage at the 2012 Women 2.0 PITCH competition. She holds a BS from Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo.
In addition to the founders, Kismet's team includes several talented engineers.