Dylan Hamilton, a Des Moines Iowa entrepreneur has been pondering a question that has yet to be answered. Six years ago Twitter answered the question “What are you doing”. Hamilton, with his start up called ShareWhere, hopes to answer the question “What are you doing later”.
ShareWhere’s purpose is to help the user easily create plans big or small and hopefully replace the hodge podge of texts and emails that traditionally go hand in hand with planning events on the go. Once the plan is hashed ShareWhere than matches those people in your plan with merchants that can help out with the plan.
Sure everyone has a deals program that will help you locate proximity based deals, but that’s not what ShareWhere is all about. The deals ShareWhere users enjoy pertain to the actual plan. For example if you and a group of 10 friends were going bowling, the bowling alley could give you a party room, a personalized discount on pitchers of beer and free shoes. Most deals sites would give you a discount on wings at the place across the street from the bowling alley.
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ShareWhere has one more component that is sure to attract a lot of users and that is cash back rewards and incentives for simply using ShareWhere to make plans. Oh did we mention that all of this is free?
“Anytime anyone does anything on the service, they earn points. Points will eventually translate into a cash,” Hamilton told Technococktail.
The incentive program gives users 1 point for everything do on ShareWhere. Each point equals one penny. They also offer 10,000 points for referring a business to the program. Hamilton realizes that $100 isn’t a huge incentive for everyone but his target market is college students and making a quick $100 from a bar, restaurant or activity center a college student goes to sure beats slinging sandwiches at Jimmy Johns.
There are other services out there for planning like Plancast and Forecast, but neither of them offer the three components built into ShareWhere.
ShareWhere is part of the Startupcity DeMoines incubator, and while Des Moines isn’t a bubbling Mecca worthy of a “Silicon” nickname just yet, great start ups like Dwolla are based there. Speaking of which, Dwolla’s founder Ben Milne is
one of Hamilton’s mentors on ShareWhere. occasionally stops by to say “Hi.”
Correction: Dylan Hamilton stated in the comments below:
Thanks for the amazing article! One quick correction… While Ben Milne does swing by to say “Hi” and makes himself as available as possible, the Dwolla COO, Charise Flynn is technically our mentor.
So, we apologize to Ben Milne, Dylan, and most importantly Charise Flynn.
If you’re in Des Moines and looking for resources try the Startupcity Des Moines Incubator here