Hey, UCLA students (read: 21 and over), the Cinco De Mayo festivities – or at least the drinking-related activities they include – don’t have to end this weekend.
Here’s how it works: you connect to the site through Facebook, set up a profile and create a “circle,” or you and your five closest friends. Then you “plan a drink” with your circle. You can also see what other outings friends are planning and request to join them.
The idea was developed by New Jersey natives Josh Israel, 25, and Devin Serago, 26, who both gave up six-figure salary jobs last year to travel to Los Angeles and start the project. The project is funded by Start Engine, a Westwood-based company that invests in new startup projects and mentors startup business leaders.
“We were working corporate jobs, wearing suits and dealing with 16-17 work days,” said Israel. “Then this idea came along that we were just so passionate about and we had to act on it.”
Israel and Serago said they both noticed that current dating sites did not match up with the lifestyle of the 21 to 25 year-old age group.
“There just weren’t any sites that catered to our dating life, which basically revolves around going out with buddies and meeting people at the bar,” Israel said.
Plan A Drink is meant to serve the early-twenties crowd. In a way, it’s kind of a group dating site. But Israel said he often hesitates to call it that.
“Labeling it a dating site can sometimes turn people off,” said Israel. Although it can help expand the dating pool, he added, the site is ultimately about making it easier to plan drinks with friends and meet new people.
Third-year economics student Luis Mendoza is currently working as an intern for Plan A Drink. He said he’s developing a more nuanced understanding of how to establish a successful startup.
“I’m definitely learning that I want to follow the ‘create your own business’ path,” said Mendoza. The idea of developing his own company is far more appealing than working in investment banking, he said.
Los Angeles may soon become a new center of technology and startup businesses, added Serago, so Mendoza just might be in the right place.
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