TICONDEROGA — Two Ticonderoga entrepreneurs are going live with a smartphone app that finds people companions for public events like concerts and ball games.
The designers of GameDate are Brian Little and Adam Porter, who say they are just days away from launching the nationwide dating application for Apple iOS and Google Android devices.
“Essentially, GameDate is an app a user can download to find a date for an event,” Little said.
“With the emergence of dating apps like Zoosk and Tinder, the dating market for social-media and mobile (devices) is a multi-billion-dollar market.”
Porter said they’ve put a lot of work into the app.
“We hope people show us some love and like our app,” Porter said.
Little said they sought investors and hired software programmers to get GameDate off the ground.
“Adam and I have partnered up with Majestyk Apps out of Manhattan to develop the app, and we’ve also partnered up with SeatGeek, which is the fastest-growing ticket-exchange network in the world.”
Their initial investor was Jason Boutelle of Ticonderoga, and many more followed, Little said.
‘APP DIDN’T EXIST’
He said the idea for the app came to him when a friend backed out of going to an NBA basketball game for which he had bought tickets.
“I had two tickets to the New Jersey Nets in November, and I had nobody to go to the game with,” Little said.
“I thought for sure there would be a company that would do something like this, bring people together. It didn’t exist, so we created it.”
He also ended up finding someone to go to the game with him, he said.
What Little and Porter hope GameDate will tap into is both the $3.8 billion spent each year in event ticket sales and the $2 billion online-dating industry, Little said.