BOSTON, Nov. 17, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- WiGo, the college-based "who's going out" app, today announced an extension of their seed round of funding with an investment from Tinder co-founders Sean Rad and Justin Mateen, who are joining Kayak.com founder Paul English as investors and active advisors to the startup. Other investors in the round include Rue La La and Lids founder Ben Fischman and Kevin Colleran, one of the first ten employees at Facebook and the company's first salesperson.
"Sean and Justin have built one of the most impactful companies in the last decade," said Ben Kaplan, WiGo's founder and CEO. "I'm so excited to learn from their experiences at Tinder as we navigate WiGo's rapid growth and bring our vision to life."
This latest round of financing comes as WiGo is experiencing extraordinary adoption at college campuses across the U.S. In the few weeks since its launch, over 25,000 events have been created on WiGo across 180 major campuses.
"As one of the first employees at Facebook, I've seen what works and what doesn't when it comes to mass adoption of a social media platform among college students," said Kevin Colleran. "College students are one of the hardest demographics for any platform to attract, and WiGo has clearly cracked the code at spreading throughout this valuable community."
22-year-old Kaplan created the app in his dorm room at Holy Cross after his mass text conversations about weekend plans made him want to throw his phone against the wall. "It's always a hassle to figure out what's going on and where all your friends are headed," said Kaplan. "Even more so, you want to know where your friends of friends and crushes are going to be; people you wouldn't necessarily text."
The WiGo app is strictly for college students – no parents, potential employers, or post-grads allowed. To ensure no random townies or helicopter moms are using WiGo, it's equipped with the "GTFO" blocking feature. If just two WiGo users report that someone doesn't attend the school, they're immediately investigated and kicked off the system. The "history-proof" chat feature prevents regretful morning phone checking after a night of questionable actions as it resets itself every morning. Wondering what your drunken 2am message to the cutie from Econ class said? You're out of luck. Every day on WiGo is a new day.
For more information about WiGo visit http://www.wigo.us/.
WiGo is the college-based "who's going out" app that's strictly for college students – no parents, potential employers, or post-grads allowed. To ensure no randos or sketchballs are using WiGo, the app is equipped with a "GTFO" blocking feature. The "history-proof" app resets itself every morning to prevent regretful morning phone checking after a night of questionable actions. WiGo is a privately held company based in Boston, Mass. Investors include Tinder co-founders Sean Rad and Justin Mateen, Kayak.com founder Paul English, Rue La La and Lids founder Ben Fischman, Facebook's first salesperson Kevin Colleran, New England Patriots player Vince Wilfork, and Toronto Maple Leaf and U.S. Olympian James van Riemsdyk.
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