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  • GroupMe Founders Rapid Fire Questions

    (Founder Stories) The GroupMe Guys Reveal How To Land A Job At A Startup

    All week long we’ve been running clips from the Founder Stories interview with the GroupMe Guys, co-founders Jared Hecht and Steve Martocci. In the video above, they answer some rapid fire questions about how to impress startups during an interview (give great product feedback), what do they look for in “social engineers,” and what is the hardest part of running a… Read More

  • How GroupMe Won SXSW with Grilled Cheese

    (Founder Stories) How GroupMe Won SXSW: Grilled Cheese

    At this year’s overcrowded and overhyped SXSW conference in Austin, one of the few startups to break through the noise was group text messaging app GroupMe. How did GroupMe win SXSW? Grilled cheese. The company rented an outdoor food shack for something like $10,000 and turned it into the GroupMe Grill with free grilled cheese sandwiches and beer. The grilled cheese, says… Read More

  • GroupMe Founders on the Future of Group Messaging

    (Founder Stories) GroupMe: Is Group Messaging The Thin Edge Of The Wedge?

    What exactly is the deal with all of these group text messaging apps? In the Founder Stories video above, GroupMe founders Jared Hecht and Steve Martocci tell host Chris Dixon why they think group texting coud be the thin edge of the wedge to something bigger. Call it private social networks. Small groups can do and say things that larger groups can’t. When Martocci first heard the idea… Read More

  • GroupMe Guys Founders' Early Careers

    (Founder Stories) Who Are These GroupMe Guys?

    How do you become a startup founder? There are many paths, but often founders grow up at other startups. GroupMe co-founders Jared Hecht and Steve Martocci are still pretty young. Both graduated from college only a few years ago, but both also did stints at other startups before creating group-messaging phenom GroupMe at last year’s Disrupt Hackathon and subsequently raising $10.6 million. Read More

  • GroupMe Brings Brands Into The Conversation

    GroupMe Brings Brands Into The Conversation

    As group texting apps like GroupMe gain popularity, people are using them to create ad hoc, private social networks among a handful of friends. But wherever people congregate online or through their mobile phones, brands will want to talk to them. Today, GroupMe is opening up its group chat to brands in what is the first hint at it business model: Featured Groups. Brands can create their… Read More

  • Mobile Messaging March Madness

    On Thursday, I used Yobongo all day, which helped me find a new lunch spot, run into an old friend, and meet a Yobongo co-founder. That afternoon, I thought it would be a good time to write about the new group and mobile messaging wars for TechCrunch. A few hours later, Color Labs launched, to put it mildly. And, as I was editing this post on Friday night, Disco appeared, the new… Read More

  • SXSW By The Numbers: iOS, Foursquare And GroupMe Emerge Victorious

    SXSW By The Numbers: iOS, Foursquare And GroupMe Emerge Victorious

    SXSW Interactive is no longer about the panels or keynotes, having become a five day experiment in the ability of technology to withstand the load of over 20,000 influencers congregated in the same location, trying to network using various digital tools. It’s some sort of sped up playground for app and device Darwinism, where the rest of the world functioning as a control… Read More

  • GroupMe Founders Interview

    Grilled Cheese, Beer, And Other Awesome Stuff: An Interview With GroupMe At SXSW

    There are few things better than free beer. Mix that with melted cheese and toasted bread, and you have a combination that satisfies even the deepest of human desires. And they’re available just outside the main convention center at SXSW, both free of charge. The food is being provided by GroupMe, the group messaging app that, along with competitors like Beluga and Fast Society, has… Read More

  • A Group Messaging Roundup To Help You Stay In Touch At SXSW

    A Group Messaging Roundup To Help You Stay In Touch At SXSW

    By now you’ve doubtless heard of the many group messaging startups looking to help multiple people keep in touch with each other — there’s been endless buzz about how these will likely be some of the breakout stars of SXSW. However, most of these companies do far more than just send texts to multiple people: some of them offer location sharing, conference calls, and… Read More

  • GroupMe Squeezes Out A "2.1 More Thing" Release Before SXSW

    GroupMe Squeezes Out A "2.1 More Thing" Release Before SXSW

    Startups gearing up for the SXSW are shining up their apps and hoping to Wow the crowds of iPhone-toting hipsters by releasing major upgrades in advance of the Austin conference. Among group texting apps alone, in the past week we’ve seen new releases from GroupMe, Fast Society, Beluga, and others. Everyone’s put their best face forward and now the race is on to see which one… Read More