Today we speak with Pep Gomez, co-founder and CEO of Fever, a social discovery tool that changes the way people make plans. Pep is 19 years old and was recently named in the class of 2013 New York City Venture Fellows.
New York is unquestionably one of the most dynamic mixes of cultures, prestige, and opportunity worldwide. I used to think of New York as being the central hub of finance and media, but we are beginning to see a flourish of tech startups as well. I look at companies like Foursquare, Etsy, Tumblr, and Kickstarter in particular, and see the vast amount of opportunities that lie ahead. You combine that with the media and financing backbone and you have a very powerful combination with the stratosphere as the limit for growth and opportunities.
I’m excited to see the change New York has undergone the past couple of years. Startups are starting to flourish and becoming a widely accredit part of the New York ecosystem. We are very excited to see the effort Mayor Bloomberg is putting in to make startups part of the New York scene, and see this relation expounding in the years to come.
What do you see as challenges?
Our most notable challenge is the price that comes with the glamor and glory of New York. However, we view this as an investment. In our eyes, the costs come with a plethora of intangibles. You simply can’t put a price tag on intellectual and cultural capital.
Where does your company fit in the ecosystem?
The Empire State, The Big Apple, The City that Never Sleeps, Gotham City. Whatever you want to call it, one thing for certain certainly is that it is very easy to get lost in a city offering so much to do. We fit in the ecosystem of New York by equipping our customers with on-the-fly, personalized planes. We like to think of ourselves as the Airbnb of nightlife. Whether you’re visiting for a weekend and trying to decide where to go out, or a New Yorker simply looking for a different experience, we work tirelessly to provide you with just that experience. We make the planning so you don’t have to. Spend less time searching and more time doing with Fever.
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