Scoopt is a way for friends to recommend great new places to each other. So you only see recommendations from people you trust. No random strangers’ reviews. And no ads.
It’s the brainchild of founder Glynn Jones, brought to life by a small, brilliant team of technical and creative people. We’re backed by investors and executives from major brands in mobile, technology, investment, marketing, communications and retail.
When you’re looking for a new restaurant, the best place to shop, or even just a nice quiet park, you just want to find the right place fast.
Googling’s no good. Who wants to stand on the street scrolling through endless unfiltered results? And it’s always tricky to know what’s genuine and what’s an ad.
Review sites aren’t much better: which opinions can you trust? It’s just a bunch of strangers. (Some of whom seem very strange indeed.)
On Scoopt, you trust the recommendations because you trust the people. They’re your real friends, not random social network people. And they’re on your Scoopt because they know their stuff.
If they really know their stuff, you can even upgrade them to ‘Trusted’ status. So, if your friend Jeff always seems to know the hottest new restaurant to try, you can Trust him on Food & Drink. That means you’ll also see recommendations from his Trusted friends for that category.
All the recommendations on Scoopt are real. There are no ads – you can’t buy your way onto Scoopt.
Why? Because that’s how social networks should be: useful. They can do more than just chat. They can inspire you, and enrich your world. But only if you trust the network. That’s the heart of Scoopt.
As we grow, we may team up with some of restaurants, stores and other places our members love, and invite them to offer special deals exclusive to Scoopt. But no one will be able to post ads, or get any other special treatment. Ever. Trust us on that.
Glynn’s online experience goes back to the days of the ‘information superhighway.’ In 1994, he built the European Union’s first website in Brussels, at a time when the internet Yellow Pages only listed 20 sites.
In 1997, Glynn created his first start-up, with names like GlaxoSmithKline, General Motors and Microsoft. And things kept getting bigger. He went on to work with some of the world’s biggest brands, across three continents, and led a 100-strong team responsible for a £15bn banking system.
In his time, Glynn’s worked in every area of online business – from shopping and banking to news and entertainment portals. He’s spent the last three years as a strategic consultant for Orange. But now, he’s all about Scoopt.
As an experienced developer who earned his stripes with Proximity BBDO and Famous in Brussels, Bert is always keen to push the limits of the internet, and create richer, more impactful user experiences.
Like all of us at Scoopt, he’s a passionate believer in the web’s potential for helping us all expand our horizons and discover new things. Which doesn’t just mean the latest site of funny cat videos.
His formidable technological experience means Bert’s not afraid to play around with whatever hardware or software he can get hold of, and he has a knack for picking up languages – both coding and spoken.
Jasmine is an experienced business consultant and project manager and also holds a PhD in social anthropology. She is adept at encapsulating the essence of an individual or an organisation and communicating that to the wider world, which is exactly what she is doing for Scoopt.
Her main focus is in creating and communicating excellent content. This paired with her expert knowledge and understanding of social media has enabled Jasmine to promote Scoopt to a fast-expanding audience.
With a degree in fashion design and a number of placements in the industry under her belt, including an internship at Vivienne Westwood, Anna has joined Scoopt as the Fashion Editor and is developing the merchant shopping feature for the app.
As a designer herself, Anna understands the importance of supporting independent fashion labels and shops and is committed to providing a platform for these places to promote themselves.
With her expert knowledge of what’s going on in the industry, Anna will be bringing Scoopt members the best of what Britain’s fashion scene has to offer.
Having worked as a Designer and Developer for BBDO, the world’s second largest global advertising agency network for over six years, Matt joined Scoopt having acquired great reputation in the online industry.
At Scoopt, Matthias is our lead user experience designer. His talent lies in his ability to produce great quality design that, combined with coding, drives the UX. With a self-professed appreciation for simplicity in design, he has a natural understanding of how to create first class, user friendly experiences.
Sam has been a keen android enthusiast since the release of the Nexus One. He is our chief android developer here at Scoopt, having had android developing experience already with We Love Mobile, as well as work for the award winning digital advertising agency Metia as a front-end web developer.
As the market for Android’s grows at a rapid pace, Sam works to keep Scoopt ahead of the curve by producing the latest in smart design and focuses on delivering a proper native android experience.
If you’re excited about Scoopt, and want to help make it a household name, we’d love to hear from you. No CVs required. Just email your LinkedIn page to firstname.lastname@example.org. If we think there’s a good fit, we’ll invite you for a coffee. Sound good?