Local friend finder
Longer-term, the goal is to move Party With into other verticals, by connecting people who want to meet up for meals, drinks, playing or watching sports and more, Fennessy says.
A team of five from five continents, Party With has 0,000 in funding from Techstars, ZX Ventures, AB In Bev, and other angels.
The new version of Party With is available as a free download on the App Store.
There are 21 million Google hits for “cannabis and dating,” cannabis-friendly dating services are offered by coaches like Molly Peckler, and if you’re technologically inclined — there’s an app for that. In the age of cell phones, it makes sense that singles would want a streamlined way to find prospective partners with similar interests.
(And perhaps I’m just showing my age when expressing a desire to meet people in real life instead of through apps, as is the millennial way.) After all, a number of social networking companies are today exploring the idea that people are turning to mobile apps to make friends, not just find dates.
Tinder attempted to expand beyond dating with Tinder Social, while Bumble launched a friend-finding feature Bumble BFF as well as professional networking option, Bumble Bizz.
Even Facebook is dabbling with helping strangers connect at events through its “Discover People” feature and other options.
Plus, several startups are attempting mobile friend-making, as well, like Shapr, Patook and HEY! Party With’s differentiator from these efforts is its focus on events — specifically, nightlife.
These events are added by the app’s users, as the startup doesn’t yet have formal relationships with event organizers.Founder Dan Fennessy notes the app has outgrown being only for travelers, but poking around in the app, that seems to still be a top use-case.To be fair, Party With isn’t exactly carving out new territory in online networking — it’s part of a growing trend.The profile features on this one were the best of the three.The basic profile includes space for a headline, about me, about my match, hobbies and interests, and even a first date idea, which is unique and interesting.To see whether they live up to the hype, I tried out three cannabis dating apps: High There, 420 Singles, and 420 Friends. There’s a section called “Joints” where you can see and interact with posts from other users, follow trending hashtags, and post your own updates and pictures.I’ve been sporadically on Tinder for a couple years now, so that was my main basis for comparison. It reminds me of Twitter in that way, and it’s probably the most useful networking feature of the app.A participant in Techstars Connection, which had its demo earlier this year, the app has grown to more than 170,000 users, Fennessy claims.It’s most popular in Amsterdam, New York and São Paulo at present, but is accessible worldwide.I love that High There offers the option of filtering distance, gender, and preferences. The discovery preferences are limited to three options: age, distance, and gender.As a bisexual woman, I’m especially grateful that you can select “men and women” as an option. The gender filter requires you to select men or women (not both), which was disappointing.