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SocialRadar Wants to Give you Real-Time Info About the People Around You

by Sam Wakoba
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Sometimes, you go to an event expecting to meet cool people and grab a drink with them and talk about stuff, but for some weird reasons you just end among strangers and waste the night away getting to know each other.
A new social network dubbed SocialRadar has launched to help you know if your friends are attending that event or not.

A new social network dubbed SocialRadar is set to end this problem,

Founded by Michael Chasen, former co-founder and CEO of e-learning software firm Blackboard which was sold for some $2 billion,
SocialRadar tells you who is there, how you are connected to them, and what they have been up to, instantly you walk into a room, enter a restaurant, attend a conference, or go to an event. The network works by combining a user’s phone’s location info with the chatter from their  social networks (Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn, Foursquare, Instagram, Google+) and is available for the iPhone only, at the moment with plans for an Android and Google Glass apps launching soon.
The company recently secured its Series A funding for $12.75 million led by New Enterprise Associates (NEA), Grotech Ventures, and SWaN & Legend Ventures, Steve Case, Ted Leonsis, Dave Morin, Kevin Colleran and other leaders in the tech space. Founded in 2013, the company is based in Washington, D.C.

Social+Radar“In five years, there will be 5.6 billion people worldwide using smartphones, continuously broadcasting their location. At the same time, 3.9 billion people have social profiles online said Michael Chasen in a blog post. ” Yet these two essential components of our everyday life operate independently. We didn’t realize it, but this separation, has been depriving us of so many more ways to connect with people we know and people we want to know.”

“Combining these two powerful elements of the digital age will fundamentally and positively change the way people meet and connect. And I’m thrilled to reveal that after months of development, we’ve created technology that does just that.”

SocialRadar gives users real-time information about people around them  and lets users know who is nearby, how they’re connected and what they’ve been up to. It Radar connects users to the information they want but gives users full control over their privacy.

“You can set it to share your info publicly or just with friends. You can be anonymous or even invisible. And you can adjust the settings easily depending on where you are and what would be helpful to you in that circumstance. You are in full control,” says Chasen.

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