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The new way to find a city's best places to eat and drink.

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North McCormick@northmccormick · Creative Engineer, Soloist app developer
Is there a reason why the Android app hasn't launched yet? I feel like when you get to the big cities there is actually a very healthy mix of Android and iOS users.
Priyank Patel@patelpriyank
I saw "Patent Pending" at the bottom of your website. What is the patent?
Ross Currie@rossdcurrie · Founder, CrowdLoot
So, my understanding is that this is urbanspoon but instead of positive/negative review percentage, you're basing a restaurant's score on how many people have favourited this place + number of times they have checked in there with the app. I like the idea of being able to add to a score every time you go back, but I'm not sure about no negative reviews. I get that restaurant owners probably like this feature, but I actually like seeing what people complain about because it gives me context. I feel like restaurant owners should like negative feedback, too - if your restaurant has 300 reviews saying your food is lousy and your wait staff are rude, that's much better feedback than "Nobody is favouriting our restaurant".
Andy Seavers
Maker
@andyseavers · CEO - Taste. Find Local Favorites
@rossdcurrie Absolutely, great feedback. Our initial mindset was that if we add reviews, we might as well just be another review website. We can't be all things to all people. If you want to know where not to go, go to a site with negative reviews. If you want to know the best places come to Taste. I will keep your post in consideration as we move forward.
Ross Currie@rossdcurrie · Founder, CrowdLoot
@andyseavers "If you want to know where not to go, go to a site with negative reviews. If you want to know the best places come to Taste." That's a really interesting way of looking at it. I shall have to reflect on this :) On a different note, do you guys track things like opening hours? Presumably a restaurant that is only open 2 days a week, or even just for dinner is going to be disadvantaged in the ranking system against a restaurant open 24/7?
Andy Seavers
Maker
@andyseavers · CEO - Taste. Find Local Favorites
@rossdcurrie Please do. Email me at andy@wehavetaste.com with any additional feedback you may have in the future. We pull data from weekly hours of operation. In what way do you feel companies with limited hours are at a disadvantage?
Ram Rayavarapu@ram_rayavarapu · Founder @collegestash.info, founderbooks
@rossdcurrie That's our idea :D I thought of the exact app to develop not too long ago. Glad someone made it.
Ross Currie@rossdcurrie · Founder, CrowdLoot
@andyseavers If score is weighted on the number of times a favouriter visits the venue, then a restaurant that's open 24/7 is going to receive way more visits than a restaurant open just for dinner... would that not automatically skew 24/7 diners to the top of your ranking?
Andy Seavers
Maker
@andyseavers · CEO - Taste. Find Local Favorites
@rossdcurrie Oh I understand now. Your score (aka taste) only increases by receiving milestones for checking-in. Milestones include things such as: "Check in to 5 of the top 10 coffee shops." In this scenario, it doesn't matter how many times you check in to the same coffee shop. All milestones are tied to checkins that expand how much you know about that category, e.g. coffee. If you check in to 10 top ranked pizza places outside of your city, your pizza score will increase because you know more about pizza, not just from your city current city, but local favorites in other cities. I hope this helps. Every day, we work to make our pitch more clear.
Jeb Holmes@jeb_holmes · Co-Founder of inly.io
This is a great idea executed by a fantastic team! I used to travel a lot for work and always wished I had access to a list of the places locals actually liked to eat and hang out at. Yelp is ok, but it's usually overloaded with all the places tourists go when they visit on the weekends. I wish this would have been around back then, can't wait to use it now though!
Spencer Combs@spencer_combs · CEO, inly.io
Love everything about this product and team! I have known these guys for awhile and think this is such an amazing solution finding the best local spots! Something I always wish I had!