During the 2007 Techstars program, I founded Brightkite, along with Brady Becker and Alan Seideman.
Our initial goal with Brightkite was to build a platform for the eventual location-based services boom. Using my experience in LBS and mobile technology, I developed the building blocks that every LBS application needs. This included things like forward and reverse geocoding, a places database, mapping visualization, GPS, WiFi and cell tower based tracking, etc.
In talking to investors and advisors, it quickly became clear that if we wanted Brightkite to be successful as an LBS platform, we’d need a showcase app to demonstrate the potential of the tools that we had built.
Taking cues from Facebook and Twitter, we set out to build the world’s first location-based social network.
Brightkite is well on its way to bringing social networking from cyberspace to meatspace with an easy-to-use—and actually social—service.