ER Accelerator recently announced its summer 2013 NYC class, aka ERA5. Today we hear from Sage Wohns Founder of #Agolo, a powerful, personalized communication service that gives Twitter users a new way to quickly get the info they want through the opinions of the people they trust and care about.
Tell us about the decision to apply for ER Accelerator.
#Agolo is a social product, responding to questions asked on Twitter with social data taken from your network. We applied to same philosophy to our decision to apply to the ER Accelerator: we reached out to our network and found that some of our most respected colleagues are involved with ERA, and each gave it a ringing endorsement, particularly for the quality and accessibility of its mentors and its collaborative environment!
Tell us about the product that you are launching.
#Agolo is your Twitter personal assistant that recognizes your inquiries and provides answers, mined from your unique social network. We’re live now, answering your bar and restaurant questions with #Agolo!
What market are you attacking and how big is it?
#Agolo involves search, social networks and data mining, so it is a confluence of significant markets. We think there is a significant advantage in being able to refine your considerations through friends’ credible opinions and social interactions, leveraging natural language processing, helping ease real-time decision-making and engaging with local businesses.
What is your take on the current scene in New York today?
New York is quickly becoming the data science capital of the world, and we’re thrilled to be riding that wave. The city’s emphasis on innovation as a strategic priority, combined with the unique resources it has afforded us (and its ambitious nature) has made it a great place for us to continue to grow our company.
Where does your company fit in the ecosystem?
Our team is made of six Data Scientists, and three of them are on a leave of absence from their PhDs from Columbia (and four of whom are international). Through foundations at Columbia, we are also one of the first startups admitted to their new Institute of Data Science and Engineering, granting us access Columbia student interns and class projects. These partnerships also allow us to be involved in dialogue about both the city’s and university’s tech evolution as it comes to bear.
Read about the other startups selected for the 2013 ER Accelerator Summer Class.