France’s Triber thinks that everybody should create apps. And it has raised a seed round of $336,000 to create a service that enables any smartphone user to create an iPhone or Android mobile app, instantly.
Paris-based Triber’s app takes you through a few steps that let you customize your app, using an app icon, name, content, chat parameters, and design. The app then creates your app to your specifications in a matter of seconds. It is available for download via a simple web link, or published to the app stores when users subscribe to the premium plan.
The company was founded in June 2014 by Francois Carlot and Duncan Smith. They say Triber is ideal for social media power users such as celebrities, sports figures, and influencers to stay closer to their fan base, right on their phones. Several celebrities have launched their apps using Triber, such as Ranz Kyle, who has more than 2 million fans on Facebook.
Triber also works for any clubs, associations, teams or professionals who want to federate their members. And the company says it also works for anyone willing to share his or her personal app with friends to stay connected in a more personal way. It takes as little as three clicks to create an app.
“We’re really excited to launch Triber and allow anyone to build and share an app to stay connected to their tribe at all time,” Carlot said in a statement. “We believe that Triber brings an original approach to the current mobile app landscape. Our vision is to give people control over their digital life, and provide useful tools for better interactions”.
Triber raised money from tech entrepreneurs Stéphane Bonjean (time2Buy, DynAdmic), Nicolas Béraud (Sport4Fun, BetClic, TripleFun), and Dan Offner, a Los Angeles-based tech lawyer and former counsel for Oculus VR. Founding investors include Carlot (Ship&Duck), Mathieu Collas (Telaxo), Julien Parrou (ConcoursMania) and former investment banker Mathieu Daouphars.
Triber has already been used to create more than 10,000 apps in just two months, and it has 50,000 registered users on both the App Store and Google Play.
After creating your app, your friends, fans or followers will keep “you” in their pocket at all time. With your app, they get all your social activity (your posts on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, or Youtube combined in a single feed). They can interact, engage (like, comment, share, or retweet), or chat with you, privately or publicly.
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