Proximity is a new app that is trying to solve a major problem for modern travellers. Feeling alone and lost in a new city. Using the app, users can find connections, friends, and people that can show you the city in a new way. The apps key mantra is to prevent missing connections when travelling.
The app has two strong use cases. One is to find meet old friends when travelling, and the other is for business people to finally meet all of those LinkedIn connections when you are in a new city.
Tanay Kothari and Arjun Malhotra started to build a prototype of the app in mid-May 2015 and get feedback from some early users and busy travellers. By the end of December 2015 they have finished version of their app to launch.
The app connect with Facebook and Twitter and soon via LinkedIn to find your connections, and also lets you invite your friends.
Tanay Kothari, Head of Technology at Proximity and his team of 4 are based out of New Dehli and have been using Sinch for phone number verification via SMS.
The team built the app and then added Sinch later in the project when building their iOS app.
I asked Tanay if he had any issues using Sinch and he told me “I don’t think there was any. It was all quite fluid.” On top of this, Proximity are now looking at adding App to App Calling into their app, powered by Sinch.
In the next 6/12 months, Proximity is planning a number of new features, as well as integrations with LinkedIn and Uber. They are also looking at a time travel feature to see where friends have been on a world map, as well as seeking their first funding round.
“I would say that Sinch was very smooth and easy to integrate”
You can download their app from the Apple App store today.
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