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Sanchita Saha@ubersaha · Founder @citysocializer
Hey guys, I'm Sanchita the founder of citysocializer. We're really happy to be here - citysocializer is all about bringing laid-back likeminded people together in the real world for fun nights out and doing more of the things they like with nice people around them. Here to answer any questions! Sanchita
Chris Prescott@cpresc · Product Director, Arago
@ubersaha Hi Sanchita, I think anything to do with 'the real world' is super interesting right now. It seems like the past 5 years has shed alot of stigma to online dating but new friend meet ups via online still feel kinda awkward? Would love to hear more about your thoughts/experiences on this and what you do on CS to help counter the high friction of getting people to meet in real world; first time user experience hacks etc. Cheers!
Sanchita Saha@ubersaha · Founder @citysocializer
@cpresc Hey Chris, thanks for the question. So once you join a social that someone is hosting, there is a social chat to break the ice with others before you meetup, the host is on hand to answer any questions and coordinate everyone when they meet. But also, the people who host socials for others within the cs community tend to be real naturals at getting people together, making people feel at ease, making introductions etc. What we find is once people go to their first social, and see that the people they meet are totally "normal" - sociable, outgoing, confident folk like themselves they become hooked. And then once they've been to a few they build the confidence to host their own social to their favourite bars or doing their favourite activity - whether it's a concert they want to go to or just their local happy hour..
Chris Prescott@cpresc · Product Director, Arago
@ubersaha Interesting, thanks for sharing, so it's all about optimising time to value and getting people to their first CS gig asap! Would love to know what event invites convert first time users the best, big group parties or smaller more intimate meets? the former feels like more anxiety but less awkwardness and vice versa!
Sanchita Saha@ubersaha · Founder @citysocializer
@cpresc Exactly - the highest converting "socials" for first time users are our New Member nights at local bars so you know you're gonna meet a bunch of other newbies in a casual environment. No name badges or any awkward "games" like speed-dating so to anyone else watching it just looks like a bunch of friends meeting up.
Chris Prescott@cpresc · Product Director, Arago
@ubersaha ah.. makes sense and an interesting insight. Tbh I didn't really consider the observation dynamic.. reminds me of Kathy Sierra's minimum viable badass tactics. Thanks for sharing and good luck with progress!
Daniel Sobey-Harker@sobeyharker · There's too much about me on Google.
@ubersaha ...Sigh. Time to give another app a go. Would you say this is more dating or just friends? I'm doing a wrap-up of multiple dating sites for a piece but would you say that you're one or not per se?
Sanchita Saha@ubersaha · Founder @citysocializer
@sobeyharker Lol. Thanks for the question Daniel. So our focus is "friendship first" and the way people meet on cs is via groups getting together to have fun, instead of one on one. Saying that, a large % of our users are single and prefer citysocializer to online dating as it presents a more natural way to meet a new potential partner, if that's what they're looking for and we have a ton of dating and marriage successes as a result. Plus there is no typical profile "search by age, gender" etc to prevent the usual online dating hawking that goes on. You actually meet new people face to face with others, and often doing something you enjoy like going to a gig, or out for dinner or Sunday lunch etc. so it's stress-free, there are other people to chat to and fall back on, and everyone is much more relaxed as the focus is not on hooking up. So to answer your question - we're a nice "alternative" to online dating sites..
Sanchita Saha@ubersaha · Founder @citysocializer
@sobeyharker
Daniel Sobey-Harker@sobeyharker · There's too much about me on Google.
@ubersaha Thanks for the well thought out reply. I'm having a look now and it seems like you've really thought things through with it.
Sanchita Saha@ubersaha · Founder @citysocializer
@sobeyharker We've tried :)
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Sanchita Saha
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@ubersaha · Founder @citysocializer
Hey guys, I'm Sanchita the founder of citysocializer. We're really happy to be here - citysocializer is all about bringing laid-back likeminded people together in the real world for fun nights out and doing more of the things they like with nice people around them. Here to answer any questions! Sanchita
Chris Prescott@cpresc · Product Director, Arago
@ubersaha Hi Sanchita, I think anything to do with 'the real world' is super interesting right now. It seems like the past 5 years has shed alot of stigma to online dating but new friend meet ups via online still feel kinda awkward? Would love to hear more about your thoughts/experiences on this and what you do on CS to help counter the high friction of getting people to meet in real world; first time user experience hacks etc. Cheers!
Sanchita Saha
Maker
@ubersaha · Founder @citysocializer
@cpresc Hey Chris, thanks for the question. So once you join a social that someone is hosting, there is a social chat to break the ice with others before you meetup, the host is on hand to answer any questions and coordinate everyone when they meet. But also, the people who host socials for others within the cs community tend to be real naturals at getting people together, making people feel at ease, making introductions etc. What we find is once people go to their first social, and see that the people they meet are totally "normal" - sociable, outgoing, confident folk like themselves they become hooked. And then once they've been to a few they build the confidence to host their own social to their favourite bars or doing their favourite activity - whether it's a concert they want to go to or just their local happy hour..
Chris Prescott@cpresc · Product Director, Arago
@ubersaha Interesting, thanks for sharing, so it's all about optimising time to value and getting people to their first CS gig asap! Would love to know what event invites convert first time users the best, big group parties or smaller more intimate meets? the former feels like more anxiety but less awkwardness and vice versa!
Sanchita Saha
Maker
@ubersaha · Founder @citysocializer
@cpresc Exactly - the highest converting "socials" for first time users are our New Member nights at local bars so you know you're gonna meet a bunch of other newbies in a casual environment. No name badges or any awkward "games" like speed-dating so to anyone else watching it just looks like a bunch of friends meeting up.
Chris Prescott@cpresc · Product Director, Arago
@ubersaha ah.. makes sense and an interesting insight. Tbh I didn't really consider the observation dynamic.. reminds me of Kathy Sierra's minimum viable badass tactics. Thanks for sharing and good luck with progress!
Daniel Sobey-Harker@sobeyharker · There's too much about me on Google.
@ubersaha ...Sigh. Time to give another app a go. Would you say this is more dating or just friends? I'm doing a wrap-up of multiple dating sites for a piece but would you say that you're one or not per se?
Sanchita Saha
Maker
@ubersaha · Founder @citysocializer
@sobeyharker Lol. Thanks for the question Daniel. So our focus is "friendship first" and the way people meet on cs is via groups getting together to have fun, instead of one on one. Saying that, a large % of our users are single and prefer citysocializer to online dating as it presents a more natural way to meet a new potential partner, if that's what they're looking for and we have a ton of dating and marriage successes as a result. Plus there is no typical profile "search by age, gender" etc to prevent the usual online dating hawking that goes on. You actually meet new people face to face with others, and often doing something you enjoy like going to a gig, or out for dinner or Sunday lunch etc. so it's stress-free, there are other people to chat to and fall back on, and everyone is much more relaxed as the focus is not on hooking up. So to answer your question - we're a nice "alternative" to online dating sites..
Sanchita Saha
Maker
@ubersaha · Founder @citysocializer
@sobeyharker
Daniel Sobey-Harker@sobeyharker · There's too much about me on Google.
@ubersaha Thanks for the well thought out reply. I'm having a look now and it seems like you've really thought things through with it.
Sanchita Saha
Maker
@ubersaha · Founder @citysocializer
@sobeyharker We've tried :)
Tristan Pollock
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@writerpollock · EIR/Venture Partner @ 500 Startups
Tried this social meetup tool while in NYC and London. It was lovely. I met new friends and had some amazing experiences.
Sanchita Saha
Maker
@ubersaha · Founder @citysocializer
@writerpollock Thanks so much for your kind words Tristan.
Andy Budd@andybudd · Founder, Clearleft
London is a fantastic city, but it can be daunting for new residents. City Socializer is a great way to meet new people and build your real world social network (while having a lot of fun at the same time).
Sanchita Saha
Maker
@ubersaha · Founder @citysocializer
@andybudd Awesome review Andy, thanks so much.
Kuba Filipowski@kubafilipowski · co-founder, netguru.co
Easiest way to actually meet new people in the Big City.
Sanchita Saha
Maker
@ubersaha · Founder @citysocializer
@kubafilipowski Great to hear your experience Kuba!
SimonSwords@simonswords
I've used this app on and off for a few years and always had a great time at their meetups. @ubersaha what's the deal with the mobile app? Is there one? Is it different to the website?
Sanchita Saha
Maker
@ubersaha · Founder @citysocializer
@simonswords Thanks for the kind words Simon! Yea there's an iphone app and a great mobile website right now..