Orlando Startup: Doccaster, Proximity Based File Sharing For Convention Go-ers

A new startup in central Florida is looking to disrupt the file sharing space. Rather than going with a cloud based model, like every other startup in the space, Doccaster offers proximity based file sharing. This type of file sharing will be great for conventioneers.

Doccaster is based in Orlando, which reportedly hosts 25 of the top 250 conferences in the United States and ranks behind only Las Vegas and Chicago for hosting conventions. I’ve personally attended many conventions in Orlando, most recently the 2011 CTIA spring show.

With Doccaster you will be able to share files with large groups within a 15 mile radius. The user will be able to search files based on proximity or DoccasterID (user name).

Co-founders Kyle Steele and Himanshu Pagey first launched a location based chat platform in 2010. That startup, called GoTootie, has pivoted into Doccaster.

More and more conventions are going green. Over the past two years the Consumer Electronics Association (CEA), the producers of the largest trade show in the United States, CES, have made a huge effort to go green, and encourage their exhibitors to go green.

Certainly major exhibitors have the dollars needed to produce thumb drives with their material on them (no company in 2012 would dare give out a CD), but smaller companies at CES or any major trade show don’t necessarily have the money to invest in thousands of thumb  drives. Doccaster makes it easy for those companies to sign up for their service and use it as a vehicle to get their literature into convention go-ers hands.

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Some may make the argument that you could easily upload your pdfs and literature to your company website, but most paper literature ends up in garbage cans, if not at the convention venue,back in the hotel.

“Our goal is to become the preferred tool which the 205M attendees use to publically share and discuss documents at the 1.8M conferences, business meeting and trade shows taking place annually.” Steele Said

So the Doccaster model makes sense for the convention exhibitor and attendee. Now, when you go to a convention supported by Doccaster you just need to walk into the convention, and have immediate access to every exhibitors sales and  media kit.

While they only have a “mobile” version of their platform available now, Steele and Pagey are working on mobile apps. Once they have native mobile apps in place the world opens up even more.

I could easily see Doccaster employed by colleges, and high schools as well. Doccaster could quickly grow to a great platform for assignments, hand outs and study guides.


Find out more about Doccaster at their website here


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