Vota

Share places you go when swiping your credit card 💳📍

Check into places anytime you swipe your card -- no need to open the app. See what loved ones are up to today, and comment on their activity. Get personalized recommendations from people you trust. Spot card fraud in seconds and better budget. Created by the app developers behind the world's first "indoor GPS" iPhone app.

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Would you recommend this product?
4 Reviews3.8/5
I think I may be having a dose of “old man syndrome” (I’m in my 30s) but why on earth would anyone want this? It seems to me like an online paper trail of where i am, what i’m doing and what i’m spending. Is your main investor the NSA?
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@mickc79 I guess, why share anything online at all? One notable difference is that this app is not public (Insta) or semi-public (FB) - it's purely private and intended for close friends and family. @kiyo for instance set his dad up with it so he can keep tabs on him (he's retired in another city) and make sure he's still active through the week.
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@kiyo @nfarina well to me “why share anything online at all?” Is a valid question, so clearly this product just isn’t for me. However the use case about making sure an elderly relative is pretty cool and I can understand that. I just hope the elderly relative is fine with having His or her every move tracked.
@kiyo @mickc79 I get the sentiment, having quit most social networks myself. Kiyo's dad likes it, funny enough ... when we would take the system down for upgrades, he would ping us right away asking why his alerts weren't working. I'm also late 30s 👴🏼

Took a minute for me to wrap my mind around, but once I did I used it a lot. I’d use it alone for the push notifications for anytime someone uses my credit card; two friends in my small network were notified of fraud their banks hadn’t caught.

Pros:

I enjoyed having a nearly effortless private network with my friends.

Cons:

I had no idea the level of my lunchtime restaurant spending 😉

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Hi! Kiyo and I created Vota originally to live vicariously through each other and keep in touch since we live in different states. We thought it was pretty cool how the places we went could be shared with each other without having to do any work. Plus it’s just incredibly useful to get real-time spending notifications (we’ve even caught a fair amount of fraud already). Our bank support is the biggest challenge right now - we are using a completely different system than pretty much everyone else since we require realtime data to match local places accurately. We have a solid list of banks supported so far that we think will cover at least one card in the wallet of most users. But because this system is so new, we are limiting access in the app and inviting people to try it out in batches. Thanks for reading and we’re happy to answer any questions.
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@nfarina @kiyo Nice idea. Who designed your logo? It’s same as one of our product https://love.ly
@kiyo @vat_ps Deciding whose logo to steal was tough for sure. We landed on AirBnb's flipped upside down but yours was a close second.
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interesting idea.
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Have been using the app for several months now as an alpha user. It has turned into a habit that I monitor our spending in real-time notifications on the Apple Watch or on the phone: I expect to know which business charging our family credit card, when, where. Trends are quite useful in finding outliers.

Pros:

Private real-time access to our family's spending

Cons:

Mobile only: might be useful to view/share maps/trends data on the browser

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