“Everyday, we constantly remind ourselves how lucky we are to live in a world where an idea can start in your mind, and end up reaching millions of people.” -Kashiff, VideoMe co-founder
Friends since attending Schenley High School, Darius, Keith, and Kashiff, sometimes can’t believe that an idea sparked three short years ago is now a reality sitting in their phones. Bringing fresh perspectives and exciting new energy to the Pittsburgh tech scene, they are the brains and business behind the dating app that is sure to flip digital dating on its head: VideoMe.
VideoMe is a mobile dating application that allows people in the same geographical region to match and chat entirely through videos. The idea came about as the guys found themselves frustrated with the limits of text and photos on traditional dating apps. When you’re trying to figure out your compatibility with someone new, words and pictures can only say so much. After too many awkward first dates and a fraudulent identity mishap, they decided to turn their idea into reality in April 2015. With little background in tech development, but plenty of life experience, some college degrees and military training, the guys set to work.
In August 2016, they fundraised a Kiva loan that allowed them to purchase necessary server space, marketing materials, and assemble a programming team. An entirely part-time affair, the founders and their team spent the next year designing, programming and finessing the app. Before debuting VideoMe on the App Store, they received pro bono legal consultation for the app’s terms & conditions through Reed Smith’s partnership with Urban Innovation21.
The VideoMe dating app is currently in the soft-rollout/testing phase and Darius, Kashiff, and Keith invite you to sign up to be a test user and provide feedback. iPhone users can follow the link or search for “VideoMe Dating” in the App Store today.
Who would have thought three local Pittsburgh graduates would be out here potentially changing the way we date? But, given Pittsburgh’s aptitude for iconic ideas and innovative problem solving, maybe no one should be surprised.