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What happens when Yelp and Pandora have a baby? 


Hoppit, your personal dining concierge, has just launched the world’s first ambience search engine for restaurants, bars, and lounges. Simply select a Hoppit “Vibe” (akin to a Pandora “channel”), like Hipster, Cozy & Quaint, or Romantic, and Hoppit displays all the restaurants and bars that fit that Vibe in your location. 

You can now curate the world of dining with one click.

Check out www.hoppit.com

And show us some love! Hoppit is here to help. 


First things first. What an amazing launch day! It had everything that a launch day should have: tons of smiling, a little bit of crying, intense anger, fist fights, ghastly surprises, intellectual discourse, and of course, lots of excitement. A literal roller coaster of emotion. 

Emad, our incredible CTO, and I didn’t sleep the night before (of course). Coffee and high hopes kept us going strong. And then, it started…

9:13 A.M. “The Initial Freak Out.” In my sleep-deprived state, I caught what I thought was a bug. That catalyzed Emad and I back into testing mode, examining the code furiously. We pushed our press release back a few hours. In the end, it turns out that it was a complete non-issue, and Emad later yelled at me for freaking out - and for freaking him out! Haha. 

12:11 P.M. “The Launch.” We were finally ready to deploy. Our PR firm, the amazing folks at Gutenberg PR in New York, sent our press release through Businesswire, while I emailed all the Hoppit members who signed up during our pilot. Completely nerve-wracked and insanely excited, Emad and I waited. 

12:11 P.M. - 3:37 P.M. “The Incessant Googling.” With our press release flowing the the newswires, the whole team just kept googling and googling to see who picked it up! 

3:03 P.M. “The TechCrunch Post - The Holy Grail of Startup Coverage.” It happened. TechCrunch had just reviewed us. We royally freaked out again (but it was a GOOD thing, this time). Hands were thrown into the air, and grown men screamed like little girls. Holy cow, let me repeat it: TechCrunch had reviewed us :-) And said great things! What an amazing way to start! We felt so blessed, and so fortunate. 

7:07 P.M. “The Crash. An Utter Disaster.” This is where the crying, followed by fist fights, followed by intellectual discussion and troubleshooting, followed by immense relief - all happened. The TechCrunch traffic had gotten so big that we encountered some technical issues we hadn’t accounted for! In total, Hoppit was down for 27 minutes, and Emad and I will tell you that it was the most agonizing 27 minutes of our lives

7:34 P.M. “Are We Sure We Want This Life?” After getting Hoppit up and going again, Emad and I realized that we would always have moments like this. Always intense high’s and low’s. It’s just the way of a start-up. So, after some philosophical talk and soul-searching, we smiled and pressed forward. This is the only life we want

All in all, what an incredible day. Looking forward to many more exciting Hoppit days. 

-Steven Dziedzic, Founder

Hoppit is on TV! 

A Hoppit Knight.

Feel free to email any comments back to monocle@hoppit.com! We’d love to hear from ya.

Come see Hoppit at NY Tech Day tomorrow in NYC!!!

Hoppit Highlights from NY Tech Day!