So I have finally gotten around to writing about my own app and why I was at the Thiel Summit in the first place. My app is called NameRemind, a way to remember people’s names. One day, my dad and I were at a restaurant in Florida when we saw a guy on the US Polo Association board that my dad knew, but couldn’t remember his name. He needed to go and say hi and shake hands to be courteous and polite and catch up with his friend, but needed to be able to have his name for his introduction. I thought “hmmm… there should be an app for this.” On the plane ride home, I looked for a similar app and couldn’t find one. I decided I would develop my own.
I proposed the idea to my dad, and he told me that he would fund my project, but I had to be the full-time project manager. This was during the end of my junior year of high school. I went on and used http://www.elance.com, and hired my first developer to work on my iPhone app. The way it works is through mental categorizations and associations. When you can’t remember someone’s name, oftentimes you can remember how you met the person or what they’re involved in. The problem that my app solves is that if you meet someone at an event, for example, but you don’t remember their name afterwards, there is very little hope you are able to find them later by using Google, LinkedIn, Facebook, etc. However, with NameRemind, as long as you remember a few ‘tags’ or ‘groups’ which are associations that these people are categorized with in your mind, then you will be able to find their name to reconnect later.
Here’s a short pitch paragraph:
Have you ever been somewhere where you recognize someone, but you just can’t remember their name? You generally can remember little things about them, for example they may be the parent of another boy on your son’s soccer team, or a member of a board you sit on, but the name is simply escaping you. Name Remind is the program that will help you remember all of the people in the groups of your life in one easy place. Name Remind revolutionizes your social connections and contacts and allows you to work backwards when seeing a person, based on what you can remember about them, in order to retrieve their name. Name Remind is simple enough to be used by anyone, from top corporate executives trying to keep track of all of their clients, employees, and co-workers, to parents headed to a school parent social event. Name Remind will be your own personal assistant, always there to whisper someone’s name in your ear.
I am looking for investors currently and am in the Palo Alto area meeting with people. Stay posted for more updates on NameRemind and an updated launch date!
Check out our logo! Do you like it? See how someone is whispering into the other person’s ear?