Trolley

A community for new grads in New York City

Trolley is a community for new grads moving to New York City. Make new friends, access exclusive neighborhood events, and FaceTime our team of locals for #adulting help. Settling into a new city is hard -- we're here to make it a little easier.
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Hey Product Hunt! I'm Jesse, one of the makers of Trolley. Our mission is to become the center of community for young professionals in cities. Our team met in college through building communities together, and we've been inspired by them ever since: their capacity to bring people together, to motivate, and to elevate quality of life. While communities were everywhere in college, we've found that post-grad (in the "real world") it can feel much harder to find your place. It's quite common today for people to jump into a new city for work without really knowing anyone at all beforehand — and outside the structure of college, it can be really tough to just feel connected again. Nearly half of Americans today feel lonely some or most of the time. We built Trolley to make this experience easier. We're starting with recent grads moving to New York City — featuring an online community, events for members, and access to FaceTime with our team of locals for #adulting help. Moving forward, we're excited to expand to other cities and use physical spaces to bring people together. I’m so stoked to hear what you think! If you or a friend are graduating and moving to NYC, we’d love to hear more about how we can help. And if you can relate to us but you're in another part of the world — we'd love to hear from you too! Cheers, Jesse
@jessechand Neat idea! I'm curious to hear about how you will support community members as they face some of the common struggles of bring a young professional: anxiety, stress, money worries etc. Is that where your team of locals step in with resources and advice?
@jessechand What a great idea! I was the social chair for my business analyst group back in the day when I was in consulting and I remember how important it was to build that social fabric and build out events, especially amid the stresses of your first job life! As folks who are building out community right now through our own product, we at The Juggernaut are finding that it's so important to have those networks for support, and also get outside of your bubble, too.
Hey @abadesi — that’s a fantastic question! Yes — we think of our team of locals as your “big siblings” in the city. They’re available for a video chat to help answer any questions that come up in your transition to the “real world”: from personal finance and renting apartments, to general logistics and recommendations. We believe that belonging to a tight-knit community is one of the most important factors to your mental health, so we're also putting a big focus on in-person meetups and events!

Excited to see how this plays out

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Sounds like a great idea! Many of my friends are struggling when they move into new cities.

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I cannot think of anything that currently solves this problem sufficiently

Can't wait to see how this evolves into the next big thing for urban millennials!

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Solving a real problem - starting a new life in a new city. Making new friends is 1 of the biggest challenges for those in their early 20s.

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Don't see any yet

I wrote about just *how* difficult it is to move to this city as a new grad so if you're interested, you can read all the gory details here: https://medium.com/@SarahMcBride...

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As a foreign import to NYC, this is endlessly useful. So many basic things in this city hinge on having connections.

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I'm looking forward to seeing how the team bridge the experience from online to IRL meet-ups and mixers.

Thank you so much for this response (and I LOVE your medium article!!). I relate with many of the problems you listed about new york, especially the part on "Spending time with humans." Im so excited that Trolley can help.
Thanks for your review @sararahmcb ! Loved your article on NYC and I can definitely relate!

looking forward to more people joining!

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Already a member! very excited to meet other recent nyc transplants

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so far, so good! it seems members are self-selective and will take advantage of Trolley by interacting on slack and attending events