If you are anything like me, you have a hard time keeping up with all of the links, videos, articles, books, TV shows, movies, and recommendations you come across. No longer. We just came across a new app that addresses this problem: Picks. Picks is, according to their website, “a social network built around the things you enjoy. Not feeling social? It’s also a great place to keep track of the things you want to do, or have done, whether they’re movies, restaurants, TV shows, books, songs, or something else.” We had a chance to ask the team a few questions about their new app:
What is Picks?
Picks can help you find, save, discover, and share the things you love. When people ask you what you’re reading, or watching on Netflix, or what podcasts they should listen to while waiting at the airport, Picks helps you answer those questions. Here’s how.
Users can make lists of all the movies, books, local hangouts, TV shows, podcasts, and music they want, and then share their lists with friends. They can check out their friends’ feeds for updates on their latest activities. They can also send out a broadcast to friends or followers, which creates a place to have a group chat to discuss, make plans, get feedback from people they trust, and much more.
Who is the target user?
Anyone who needs an easy way to keep track of the things they want to do, be they movies, restaurants, TV shows, music, podcasts, or more. It also is great for people looking to discover new content that they can do, or help organize a hang out, and generally grow their personal community around the things they enjoy doing.
Why did you build Picks?
Picks provides an extremely simple and fun way to keep track of the things you actually want to do. It also gives you great ways to discover new things to do, and form your own community around what you enjoy.
Tell us your founding story. Was there an “ah ha” moment?
Picks was originally built to suit our own needs of keeping track of the movies we wanted to see, but in a smarter way. After talking to people, we quickly realized that this could work for any media, and set out to build and expand Picks.
Tell us about your founding team and their backgrounds.
The founding team has a lot of startup experience, founding two themselves, and working at a few others during their career. Joe Fabisevich has a background in iOS development, and Natalia Aranguren has a background of server-side development, and animation/motion graphics.
What’s the next step? What are your short-term goals?
We’re working on adding more rich functionality. Allowing people to have personal comments, public or private on their items, better means of communication between users, and we’re always adding more data.