We recently sat down with the founders of the GirlCrew App, an app that gives the opportunity to connect with like-minded women and expand people’s communities of friends.
GirlCrew has created a unique platform focused on connecting women for friendship and chats. Although a digital community, its aim is to facilitate friendships in person; offering an additional channel in which to do so – find a group of girls to travel with, meet for coffee, start a business. Anything is possible with ‘the crew’. Members can participate in online group chat and offline events such as brunch, hikes and networking dinners.
Harnessing the soaring demand for friendship and community, GirlCrew has tapped into a market; facilitating friendship in person, even in an ever-digitized era. First dating moved online, now friend making is going online.
There’s truly an app for everything these days.
Read the interview below to learn more about how the GirlCrew app is connecting women worldwide:
What is GirlCrew?
GirlCrew is a platform for women to make new friends. Not keen on going to a concert solo? Find a crew on the app. Want to book a vacation but your friends are all coupled up? Find a group of girls to travel with. Whatever you can dream up, you can do with the crew. Members can participate in online group chat and offline events, and many friendships have formed.
How did GirlCrew start?
GirlCrew began one Friday night, when Elva Carri really wanted to go out dancing, but had no one to go with. All her friends were either busy or tired. Believing there had to be other women in the same position, she put a call out for some platonic dancing buddies on Tinder. She had no idea she would quickly garner more than 100 enthusiastic matches. She added everyone to a secret Facebook group in Dublin, where she was based, and GirlCrew was born. Having gained lots of new friends, and a jam-packed social calendar, Elva was going to need help. She teamed up with Aine Mulloy and Pamela Newenham, and the three co-founders began growing GirlCrew groups in cities all over the world, launching an app in the summer of 2017.
How does GirlCrew work?
GirlCrew operates through an app available on iOS and Android, and on desktop.Women simply join the group for their area such as Dublin, Melbourne, Austin or London, and there they can see what events are happening, read posts and comments from other members, write posts themselves and create events. They can also join international GirlCrew groups such as Trips & Travel, Careers, Entrepreneurs, Fashion & Beauty, Fitness & Wellness, Bloggers, Dating Advice and Staying In. In the groups, members share tips, advice and knowledge on everything from getting a new job to finding a good restaurant for a first date.
How big is GirlCrew and what’s next?
GirlCrew has more than 100,000 members in over 50 cities worldwide, including Dublin, London, New York, Los Angeles, Toronto, Edinburgh and Melbourne. In the summer of 2017, the company launched an app. The app is available on iOS and Android, and will be rolled out worldwide on a city by city basis. The summer of 2018 will see the app expand across 14 cities in the US including San Francisco, Portland, Seattle, Philadelphia, San Antonio and Oklahoma.
Any noteable events?
In 2016, Facebook flew a film crew to Dublin to document GirlCrew’s successes and featured the video on Facebook Stories for their 12th anniversary. They also flew Elva Carri, Pamela Newenham and Áine Mulloy out to California to meet Mark Zuckerberg and Sheryl Sandberg and celebrate their company’s birthday with a small group of select Facebook users from around the globe.
In 2017, GirlCrew was selected to represent the European Union at SXSW Interactive in Austin, Texas. The social network was one of more than 220 companies that entered the competition organised by Startup Europe. Only 10 were chosen to join the EU delegation.
Connect with the crew:
www.girlcrew.com| Facebook.com/GirlCrewHQ | Twitter & Instagram: @GirlCrewHQ | Pinterest: GirlCrewHQ