GoodStamp

App Store: Free

Archimedes Workshop LLC

goodstampit.com

 

Platforms: iOS

The guys behind the new app, Goodstamp, aren’t your average Silicon Valley types. Chris Tisler and Jared Johnson are both 33-year-old oilmen that live right here in Chico. They travel all over the country working jobs in the oil fields, and in their scant spare time they created an app for recognizing good deeds and spreading goodwill. I love supporting tech in Chico, and who hasn’t wished for the opportunity to publicly thank somebody for a good deed well done?

How did you two meet?

Chris: We’re both oil field guys so we met in school. We’re drilling fluid engineers. We design and implement drilling fluid programs.

Jared: He was doing a job in the Northstate. I’ve lived in Chico for about 15 years now; he asked if he could stay with me while he was working and after a couple of days he was like, “yep, I’m moving here.” chris2

You two came together and this magical thing happened. Why this type of app?

Jared: What brought us together [as friends] in the first place was a lot of synergy in our backgrounds—troubled childhoods with tough family situations—so when we got in the oil field, it kinda magnified everything. We do so much traveling and see so many different demographics, socially and economically; we see people everywhere with stories just like ours, with the same kind of hardships. When you see those similarities and you see what could have made your childhood different or a little bit easier…[we] started to put together an idea. What could we do to make a difference? How can we do something socially responsible?

At this point it’s free and I don’t see any ads on the app, so how do you plan to monetize?

Jared: Right now we’re all about user experience. There are a lot of companies, like FourSquare and Twitter, that launched and are successful without a monetization plan in place—that came later. It’s all about building your user base. We really want to protect user experience.

Chris: And any kind of monetization experience kind of steps on the toes of the ideals of the app.

How’d you come up with the funding to develop the app?

Both: We bootstrapped it.

Jared: It’s been a long-time goal; we’ve been putting money aside for this project.

Generally when people do good deeds—say they’ve helped an old lady across the street—they don’t generally wave their hands afterwards and say, “hey everybody look! I did a good deed, pat me on the back.”

Chris: [laughing] But secretly, you want to be acknowledged.

Jared: There are two angles there; we understand the audience that doesn’t want to be self-promoting, but this app gives people an avenue for thanking them. It’s not really about promotion for yourself, it gives people an easy avenue to thank you or acknowledge you. And it’s not just about you, it’s things that you see. If you saw somebody give up their taxi for a little old lady, drop a pin, because it’s a way to acknowledge good deeds in the world that aren’t your deeds. jered

I love that this is a way to grow positivity and encourage people to do more good things. What are the nuts and bolts of the app? How does it work?

Chris: To be active, you just have to register and drop pins. Or go in and endorse other people’s pins, which we call “stamping.” We’ve also got typical social network stuff, like being able to customize your page. It’s mostly about dropping pins, the map, and going in and recognizing and acknowledging other people’s pins.

Jared: You can follow people, create groups, there are a lot of things that go into the social aspect side. Maybe you’re not a big pin person and you just want to be part of a social group that goes to raise a swingset, or participates in a blood drive—the avenues for use are pretty broad and open to the user.

It sounds like something nonprofits could get a lot of use out of too.

Chris: Absolutely. They can make their own profile, drop their pins.

Jared: You can make a nonprofit profile with your nonprofit group linked to it. Or create a group on the fly, like if you happen to be at a place with a group of people all working on the same project. [ie: after a storm cleanup where people from across the country come together.] There’s even a messaging system all in-app.

Chris: We wanted it to stay broad in its versatility so that the users can direct us and let us know which way we need to head with it and what we need to emphasize.

Jared: Yeah, version 2.0 could highlight certain aspects that get a lot of use. We’re leaving ourselves open to pivot depending upon what the users give us feedback-wise.

Goodstamp is available in the iOS app store. You can follow them on twitter @goodstamp, like them on Facebook (www.facebook.com/goodstampit), and check out their website at www.goodstampit.com. Get to droppin’ some pins! Details for a launch party to follow.

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