It’s the weekend and you wonder where can we go dinner? What events are there? Which ones can I afford? Which ones are the most fun?
Groupknit has an app for that.
It lists the hottest bars, restaurants, concerts, clubs, festivals, games, tours, parks, runs, rides to everything in between, and rates each one. You can also get directions and get an Uber to the event through the app.
Groupknit is the brainchild of Christian Buckner and his business partner, Tim Sadykhov, who is developer and architect. Friends since middle school, both moved away from Detroit after college, Buckner to California and Sadykhov to Chicago. They kept in touch, talked about all the cool development going on in Detroit and decided they wanted to move back and be part of city’s transformation.
They discussed how, settled on Groupknit and moved back about a year ago to get it started. The idea came from their own experiences growing up here.
“There was nothing for people our age to find out what is going on in the city, around the awesome comeback of Detroit,” says Buckner, 28. “We have a special place in our hearts for our hometown. It is a great town and there is lots going on.”
Before launching Groupknit, Buckner spent days and days wandering around metro Detroit and the region finding things to do. He visited restaurants, bars, gyms and even abandoned buildings, did research on the internet and found more than 4,000 things to do – and Groupknit is still counting.
“There is still hesitation around going downtown,” Bucker says. “We wanted to help people find things to do downtown, erase the legacy of Detroit and help people see how much it has changed,” he says. “There is so much to do. We want to help people rediscover the amazing things going on.”
They also wanted to make it easier for people their age to find things to do in the right price range.
“One of biggest limitations for those my age is expensive to go out,” Buckner says.
Rating each venue and event was also important, and they had to be accurate. Groupknit’s ratings are based on a proprietary algorithmic rating system and direct local knowledge.
“We spent a long time figuring out how to make our rating reliable and we turned that reliability into rating algorithms,” Buckner says. “We created a realistic bell curve of rating.”
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While Groupknit has focused solely on metro Detroit and Ann Arbor, the company plans to expand its reach in 2017 to several other high-potential markets.
“Our early adopters have had extremely positive experiences using Groupknit, which has helped them to rediscover the area by attending events and dining at restaurants that they otherwise wouldn’t have found,” Buckner says.
“There has never been a better time to go out and experience the best of our region,” he says.
Groupknit is looking for partnerships. “If you’re interested, let’s sit down and talk about it,” Bucker says.