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.

Reviews

  • Alex Savic
    Alex SavicWeb developer
    Pros: 

    Style & Simplicity

    Cons: 

    Privacy, Benefits, Data sharing

    Interesting concept but would never ever use it. First real-time auto sharing means easy surveillance, and removing any privacy. Why would I check in every place where i swiped the card? But generally the issue is the privacy and sharing the unnecessary info just for imitating google reviews, and also budgeting app. Although it's said on site they don't share the info I really doubt that as of the specifics of the informations that are collected.

    Automatic Budgeting = US => Mint, EU => Outbank

    Reviews = FB - Google - Yelp - Tweeter Profile :D

    Alex Savic has never used this product.
  • Pros: 

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

    Cons: 

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

    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.

    Jeff Hardison has used this product for one month.

Discussion

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Mick
Mick@mickc79 · Founder of SongBox.Rocks
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?
Nick Farina
Nick FarinaMaker@nfarina · Recovering CTO
@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.
Mick
Mick@mickc79 · Founder of SongBox.Rocks
@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.
Nick Farina
Nick FarinaMaker@nfarina · Recovering CTO
@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 👴🏼
Nick Farina
Nick FarinaMaker@nfarina · Recovering CTO
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.
VAT PS
VAT PS@vat_ps · Digital Technologies Developer
@nfarina @kiyo Nice idea. Who designed your logo? It’s same as one of our product https://love.ly
Nick Farina
Nick FarinaMaker@nfarina · Recovering CTO
@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.
David Crossan
David Crossan@david_crossan · FB advertiser
interesting idea.
Nathaniel
Nathaniel@ngme92 · Digital Strategy @ CLEAR
What about online purchases? Will those simply not show up?
Nick Farina
Nick FarinaMaker@nfarina · Recovering CTO
@ngme92 Online purchases are hidden by default and only visible to you.
What technology are you using for realtime auth?
Nick Farina
Nick FarinaMaker@nfarina · Recovering CTO
@fzf You're gonna hate this answer but that's the ONE technical thing I can't really divulge because it's extremely…groan…"proprietary". Happy to share any other under the hood stuff though.
Andrew Montague
Andrew Montague@def_montague · Ruby on Rails Developer
@fzf @nfarina I assume it's Plaid for the bank connection. Which 3rd party are you using for location/merchant?
Nick Farina
Nick FarinaMaker@nfarina · Recovering CTO
@fzf @def_montague Not Plaid. That wouldn't be much of a secret! For place matching we use a mix of Google Places and our own DB.
@nfarina @def_montague looks like it uses scraping to add a real-time auth notification to an email address, at least for Chase.