Whyttle


Website: whyttle.com
Twitter:@Whyttle
Facebook: Whyttle
Founders: Martin Levine 

History

Whyttle is a social networking site focused on building community. Their mission is to make it easy for people to engage with others who share their passions (online learning, arts, social entrepreneurship, etc.), while making a positive social change. Joining the social network is free, and members can create communities around their passions and invite friends to join. Members can share images, videos, links, and events, etc. One of the most successful Whyttle groups to date is for DC-area parents. [3]

History

Whyttle is headquartered in Washington, D.C. and was launched in 2014 by Martin Levine. Martin decided to found Whyttle at a turning point in his life. After a career as a political science professor, he wanted to learn to paint.  He found it hard to connect with others who shared his passion, and that is when the lightbulb went off for Whyttle. The service is not for organizing events; it's open to everyone who want to connect with others of similar interests. Mark began building the company in 2012, and began beta testing it in 2014. The company has been bootstrapped so far, and plans to build revenue via ads on the community groups. In 2014 Whyttle announced the launch of “Startup Right,” a movement to expand access to early education. Startup Right’s goal is to support organizations that educate children from birth - kindergarten, offer teacher training, and support parents. [4]


References

  1. Ashley Nguyen "Why 10 DC startups are raising money for local education programs" Technical.ly January 15, 2015

  2. Ray Paddayuman "Whyttle Launch Party" thedesignmob.com July 10, 2014

  3. "2 Startups Fixing Your Social Network" Bisnow.com June 27, 2014

  4. Kevin "D.C. Startup Community Launches “Startup Right” Initiative" Entrepreneur Sky December 3, 2014

  5. Julia Fischer "WHO IS DC HOTTEST SHOWCASING STARTUP?" Tech Cocktail May 22, 2014