DC Startup SnapDash Can Help You Make Funny Photos, Even If You’re Not Funny

SnapDash,DC Startup,startup,startup interviewIf you’re one of those people that combs the meme sites for the funniest memes, or recycles people’s old Facebook status’ on Twitter and vice versa to project a humor you don’t naturally have, no worries. There’s a photo app that will help you strike those funny poses even if you’re flat and boring.

SnapDash gamifies picture taking by suggesting poses and funny things to do . The new Washington DC startup has an idea generator which helps people come up with awesome photos. Now, if you are funny, SnapDash still offers great suggestions that will make your humor stand out.

“Our theory is that the entire world likes looking at funny photos, so we want to make them easier to create and provide an addictive experience for doing so.” Daniel Hanks, co-founder of SnapDash told us in an interview.

Check out the rest of our quick startup interview below.

Who are the founders and what are their backgrounds?

Daniel Hanks

Prior to leaving the illustrious world of full-time employment to become a fledgling entrepreneur, Daniel served three years as the head of Corporate Strategy for The Teaching Company / The Great Courses in Chantilly, VA.  Previously, he spent a number of years in investment banking and software/tech-focused private equity.

Meredith Balenske

Meredith is currently the Director of Communications for Bloomberg L.P. in Washington, D.C. responsible for the external positioning and communication strategy for the Bloomberg properties and personalities in Washington.

Where are you based?

Washington, DC

What is the startup culture like where you are based?

It’s probably not the most helpful answer, but I don’t really feel like I’ve earned a right to an opinion on this yet.  Here’s what I do know already, though:  a tight, energetic group of individuals (i.e. 1776, Foster.ly, DC Tech Meetup, a handful of specific people, and so forth) sensed a vacuum and the opportunity it provided, and a yeoman’s effort has been expended so far to continue and grow this groundswell of excitement.  We have been heads down for the most part, but we feel confident that we are based in a city in which a lot of smart, hard-working people are determined to make great things happen.  We clearly do not have the density that one would find in the Valley, but that’s life.  You manage.

What problem does your startup solve?

We like to think we are putting a unique spin on something that has been around since the inception of cameras – the urging to “do something funny.”  SnapDash randomly provides a little boost of creativity and adds a short timer, therefore capturing pure instinct.  The result is a visual, full-body version of a word association game.  And, on a macro level, we are using a combination of unpredictability and humor to try and combat the overwhelming sense of “success theater” that now permeates social media.

What is one challenge that you’ve overcome in the startup process?

As with all companies that are not yet fully walking and upright, every decision has carried with it some weight; yet, for us, a relatively major inflection point came when I left my previous job and dove into SnapDash full-time.  This fact alone won’t make anyone’s socks go up and down, as people are making this same leap all the time, but it really served to crystallize my desire and purpose.  I also learned that you can, in fact, eat too much French bread pizza.

What are some of the advantages/disadvantages growing your startup outside of Silicon Valley?

Don’t have an opinion on this yet, other than my answers above.

What’s next for your startup?

We are going to be focused for the near term almost entirely on user acquisition and building out a strong base.  However, we have a number of plans for various product extensions, in addition to working alongside brands that aiming to engage with their fans and customers in a fun, unique way.

Where can people find out more, and what is your Twitter username?

Our website is www.snapdash.net, and people can follow us at @snapdashapp.


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