Barna Hub talks with CEO and co-founder of Sharify Gemma Prenafeta
Today the Barna Hub team was lucky enough to talk to Gemma Prenafeta, the CEO and co-founder of Sharify, a fantastic new app that allows you to share what’s happening, right now, in just three clicks.
The beta version of the Sharify app launches today, so be sure to head to the iOS and Android app stores to download it.
Take it away Gemma!
A quick pitch
Sharify is a shared map of what is happening right now around us. We are a social network that lets people, businesses and brands share moments in the city – like concerts, football matches or even a coffee-break – in just three clicks: what, when and where.
Our website and beta versions of our Android and iOS apps is available from today (11 April) – so come and check it out: www.sharifyapp.com
We’re also looking for a Backend Engineer and a Chief Marketing Officer – if that sounds like you, you can apply here: https://angel.co/sharifyapp/jobs
Down to business
What does the word “sharify” mean to you?
Sometimes, it seems to me that we are forgetting what the word “share” really means. Sharify is about recovering the word “share”.
I’m not talking about sharing a tweet, a post or a like, but sharing the experience of going to a concert, of playing some sport or of enjoying a few beers.
Sharify is about sharing real life openly, with locals, expats and tourists, through a platform that offers an open map of what is happening in the city, right now.
What inspired you to start Sharify?
When I went to work abroad in the wonderful city of London, I realised I had no way to discover what was going on in that moment.
Of course, I could look for events in Google or even look for other tourists on Couchsurfing or Meetup, but it was not geo-localised and it wasn’t very fast.
I realised it would be much easier and faster if we could share this information in just three clicks, publishing a “what, when and where” so that other people could find events, come along and take part.
The possibilities of this are endless. Sharify can help people who want to visit a museum or art exhibition, it can help people find a team to play a football match with, or even help people get together and share a dog-walk!
Social media can be quite isolating, how is Sharify bringing people together again?
Every Social Network helps us in some way; we wouldn’t know how our old friends were doing without Facebook, we wouldn’t enjoy awesome photos from all around the world without Instagram, and we wouldn’t hear about the latest worldwide news without Twitter.
But in a world where people travel more than ever, where people go to work and study abroad and where cities host a beautiful mix of cultures and events, we realised that now is the time to create the first Social Network for people who want to do something.
We’ve just started, but we will do our best to bring people together through Sharify.
What advice would you give to someone thinking about starting their own business in Barcelona?
The world needs people who believe in change and who will work hard to achieve it. I just started, but the main advice I would give is to be sure that you want to do it.
In my case it has taken endless persistence, a lot of passion for what I do and a good team and mentors to work with.
What online resource for startups could you not live without?
Do you ever attend networking events or conferences in Barcelona? Where should entrepreneurs go?
Barcinno notifies entrepreneurs about all Barcelona’s events. It has been very useful for me from the very beginning. I was studying International Business and Marketing at ESCI-UPF until this July and I attended every event I could after my university classes. Sometimes I didn’t understand almost anything in some of the tech meetings, but it always worth going!
For someone looking for something new and exciting to do or visit in Barcelona this Spring, what would the Sharify team recommend?
I am sure that Barcelona will surprise us, as spring always has plenty of events to discover. Although we will be still in beta for a few months, perhaps Sharify app can help you with that 😉
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