When done right, brands can go way beyond a static marketing symbol — they take on a life of their own, and immerse themselves into customers’ psyches. Take the number of people who have had a Nike swoosh (or a BMW logo, or even a Facebook ‘Like’ button) tattooed onto their bodies. Many people out there see their favorite brands as extensions of their own personalities.
Plisten is creating apps for the iPhone and Android that will let users create “brand boards” of all the brands, products, and services that come into their lives. It’s got a Pinterest vibe, but mobile-centric and only with established corporate logos. There is also a rating function in there as well.
I could see this really appealing especially to a wide spectrum of teenagers and young adults — people in the younger set often start to find their places in life and build their identities through the brands they love, whether it’s Nine Inch Nails or Abercrombie & Fitch. It could also take off with people in certain international markets that are currently such a boon to luxury brands.
We sat down with Plisten’s founder Randy Mitchell to hear a bit more about the concept as well as the NewMe experience overall. You can watch that interview in the video embedded below. You can also see a longer pitch from Demo Day here.
Last week, seven startups launched out of the Fall 2012 class of the NewMe Accelerator, a startup incubator program for underrepresented minorities in the tech industry. NewMe is a residential program, meaning that the founders of the startups in each class all live together in the same house in San Francisco for 12 weeks, eating, sleeping, and breathing the tech startup lifestyle. Along the way they receive mentorship from some of Silicon Valley’s most respected people as they hone their company strategies.
We had six of the seven new NewMe companies stop by TechCrunch HQ to give us their quick pitches and talk a bit about NewMe and their plans going forward (one startup was tied up in investor meetings, so had to take a pass on the press — which is always a good thing!) In a series of posts going forward, we’ll give you a look at each one of these companies. You can find them all by going to TechCrunch.com/tag/NewMeFall2012.
NewME’s mission is to accelerate, educate, and empower underrepresented tech entrepreneurs around the world. One of our most sought after initiatives, NewME Accelerator, is an intimate and intensive 12 week residential program that launches minority and women-led startups. NewME’s vision is to make the technology industry and its wealth creating opportunities accessible to everyone. As a values based, impact driven, and growth oriented social enterprise we’ve built significant momentum among top investors, prominent media (CNN, WSJ, et...