SAN FRANCISCO, Dec. 17, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Incubated at Harvard Business School, and Stanford's prestigious StartX, Distinc.tt, launching in public beta today, is a new kind of social network for the LGBT community that focuses on social interaction and discovery rather than sex. Distinc.tt is the only gay app in iTunes rated for ages 12+.
Distinc.tt uses real-time collective knowledge to connect trendsetting crowds and travelers to the places and people that best reflect their distinct interests. With an emphasis on real identities and good taste, Distinc.tt sleekly leads users to the event, restaurant, party, or vacation spot most interesting to them. In addition to seeing friends or new people nearby, members can view the places and events where users currently are, and where they plan go to in the future.
Distinc.tt will officially launch mid January with a Gay Taste Food Initiative to emphasize its commitment to taste and style. It will include the naming and creation of the first LGBT sandwich, the launch of a Gay Dessert contest open to the public, and a debate and discussion with culinary and food industry leaders and chefs regarding the gay influence in food and restaurant culture.
A Distinc.tt app that had been used in earlier testing has been unavailable since June 2013 while the management team revamped capabilities and obtained additional investment from angels and supporters, including Paypal founders, Peter Thiel and Keith Rabois. The new app raises the bar on solutions for one of the highest spending niches and the one with the most trend setting power. According to Community Marketing Inc., the global leader in gay and lesbian marketing, "gay men and lesbians own more homes and cars, travel more, spend more on electronics, and have the largest amount of disposable income per capita of any 'niche' market."
"We're using world-class technology and design to solve problems faced by the LGBT consumer," said Michael Belkin, founder and CEO of Distinc.tt.
New features make Distinc.tt like having a well-connected, in-the-know, gay friend. Combining GPS and user check-ins with a proprietary recommendation engine, Distinc.tt immediately identifies where the scene is, based on who is there and who is planning to go, redefining how hot spots are created and found. It is the only app that combines social discovery, event ticketing, attendee visibility, chat, location based services and hot-spot locating with predictability and in real time.
"We're the gay app you can bring home to Mom," said Belkin.
Distinc.tt is a social/lifestyle network for the LGBT community. The app helps LGBT people connect with like-minded people and explore relevant places, events, activities, and travel packages. It offers a technology platform that combines ticketing, communication, real time collective knowledge, location based services, geo positioning (GPS), all combined into an easy tool for quickly locating the places, events, happenings and people who set the trends or who just match your interests. Distinc.tt can be downloaded on iPhone with Android devices coming soon. Follow us on Twitter and Facebook for news, promotions and new features. Comments are welcomed at firstname.lastname@example.org