Party with a Local - Product Stars
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Party with a Local

Connecting travelers & locals who want to party.

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Bram Kanstein (@bramk)
Hunter
Party, with a local, easy as that, now available on Android. Cool little startup from Amsterdam!
Bram Kanstein (@bramk)
Hunter
Perhaps Dan from @partywithalocal can answer some Q's?
[deleted user]
U should iOS 7 those screenshots. Design Design Design.
Dan Fennessy
Maker
@99centbrains Very true. We've got a re-design for iOS already done, we are just finalising features in dev before releasing that, but totally right - we NEED iOS7 design. Cheers, Dan
Dan Fennessy
Maker
Firstly big shout-out to @bramk for posting us here. I'm Dan, the Founder of @partywithalocal. Let me know if you have any questions, and love to hear your feedback.
Ryan Hoover
Neat idea. Has similarities to Couch Surfing but with less commitment needed. :) @dan_fennessy - how are people using it today? Any particularly fun/unusual stories to share?
Dan Fennessy
Maker
@rrhoover Thanks Ryan. Indeed, it's like Couchsurfing, without the couch. People are using it pretty much as intended - travellers meeting locals to it to go for drinks and nights out, especially in Amsterdam where we are based. Often spontaneous - 'what can we do tonight?', 'who can we meet?' Alternatively people are getting tips on the best bars to go in a city from locals. Other active users are people who have recently new to a city (e.g. expats or international students) looking to make new friends. We're trying not to be another Tinder, but I know it has been used (successfully) like that by some people - usually involving a good party night out as well though, which is fine I guess! Stories - I know 2 people became best friends after first meeting via the app and regularly visit each other in Amsterdam & Stuttgart now (mostly to party). One of the developers of the app had a girlfriend he met via the app at one point. There was a funny story the first week we launched involving 2 of my friends and 2 girls from the US, a very drunken night out, shots, craziness, back to someone's house... I'm sworn too secrecy about exactly what happened, but it was a night of epic proportions that they won't forget (great reviews on the App Store from them all after it btw). Other than that, it's just been good nights out with good people. All the people I've met personally have been really nice, fun, social, open-minded, down to earth (though maybe leaning towards alcoholic). But always good times! Hoping it continues to grow around the world.
Taylor Hou
will be trying tonight in Austin!
Dan Fennessy
Maker
@taylorhou Nice one. We have some users there, not too many yet though. Let us know how it goes!
Tomas Ruta
What's your growth strategy? I think Tinder's a much bigger competitor than couchsurfing.com to you...
Dan Fennessy
Maker
@TomasRuta The app is available globally and we want to reach locals and travellers everywhere - so we've done a lot of work on App Store optimization and localizing the description and keywords - getting them translated in every possible language on the App and Play Stores. Also done that for our promo video in some of the widely spoken languages. However, we also realise its very difficult to launch everywhere and have a lot of active users (locals) in every city from the get go. So we are focusing on a number of key cities first - Amsterdam, Berlin, London in Europe initially, then some key cities in the US and Australia/Asia next and building up the local user base there with our own events & parties (we've got a big boat party coming up in Amsterdam end of August), content marketing (e.g. Best bar in Amsterdam on a Wednesday night), cross promotion with venues and events, a bit of local press, social media etc Interesting - perhaps Tinder is a competitor - we're trying to steer away from making it a dating app (e.g. by having reviews and ability setting a status like 'let's go for a beer'), but I know it is being used like that by some people. I don't know if people are using Tinder as a way to just meet locals when they are travelling for a night out - could be. If so, indeed it's going to be hard to compete with Tinder with their massive user base. Good feedback. Cheers, Dan
Tomas Ruta
@dan_fennessy I live in central London and the amount of tourists looking for locals to go out with - "and maybe more" - is incredible. The "tourists" are mainly American, Australian or ethnic Chinese from HK, Singapore, Thailand, mainland China.
Josh Barkin
Not too long ago, I saw this feature film called the Darkest Hour. While the film is a sci-fi thriller, it starts off with two guys heading to Moscow to pitch their app to VC's. The pitch is "Find locals to party with". I remember thinking that it seemed so obvious / typical, but maybe you're on to something new? Was the movie in any way an inspiration for the app @dan_fennessy? http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Darkest_Hour_(film)
Dan Fennessy
Maker
Hey @joshbarkin - no, I haven't heard of that film, so it wasn't my inspiration. It is typical/obvious but I think the problem isn't solved - it's not that easy to meet (and party) locals when traveling. So inspiration came from my own experiences of travel and having basically some pretty shitty nights out around the world - in touristy areas with only other travellers around. Then finding out later 'oh, you should have gone to this bar' or 'you should go to this area'. Then alternatively sometimes I'd randomly meeting a local and end up having a great night out, meeting cool local people, getting under the skin of a city and it's nightlife, finding hidden bars etc. But the movie sounds awesome, will check it out, hehe!
Josh Barkin
@dan_fennessy It's good idea, and watch the movie.. you'll get a kick out of the beginning for sure! Wish you all the best with tackling the problem too.
Tyler Howarth
Sketchiest looking product page and design ever. Would not trust.
Dan Fennessy
Maker
@tylr Design can (and will be) improved. It can definitely be a lot better, I agree on that. Too bad that you think the design makes the whole product sound untrustworthy.
Bram Kanstein (@bramk)
Hunter
Show your support for PwaL on Kickstarter! https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1615529850/party-with-a-local-connecting-travelers-and-locals
Eyal Toledano
Very cool product. We should think about doing @partywithalocal + @flatbookhq together. :)
David Iwanow
Great to see this app is still powering along maybe @dan_fennessy has some updates to share?
Dan Fennessy
Maker
@davidiwanow We're working right now on improving the user experience & design of the app based on great feedback we have from users. New app updates coming soon. Also focusing on growing our community of 'Super Locals' in key cities. And more boat parties this summer David! :-)
David Iwanow
@dan_fennessy oh I'm super excited about more boat parties... you could also benefit from a meetup.com type of feature that a "super local" could host an event that multiple users could attend... only way in to the next boat party could be via joining PWAL event....
Dan Fennessy
Maker
Party with a Local version 2.0 is coming along nicely too. If anyone's interested in testing out the private Beta, hit me up here or on Twitter.
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