by: obh editor
Meet James Blumink, who has recently started coworking at Old Broadcasting House. James is the founder of start up business PubMe - a social mobile application rewarding users with free drinks and discounts for pub and brand loyalty . We asked James to tell us a bit more about how it works.
James : 'Pubme allows you to search friends in pubs, check in ( or Tap-In as we phrase it ) at the pub , collect loyalty reward points and redeem for free drinks and discounts. Then you can rate your pub experience and share your favourites with others on facebook and twitter"
James is busy at the moment as the iPhone app is being released, with the Android one following shortly. He is currently signing up pubs, bars and breweries who are keen to entice users back into British pubs. There are plans to roll out nationally targeting University Towns.
James has big plans: "The objective is to put pubs back on the map by providing them with the biggest mobile social network to hit the industry" he told us.
So how has he found the coworking experience so far? "I love the serendipitous moments that occur within Old Broadcasting House. You are always meeting new inspiring people who add a new dimension to the way you think and work. Entrepreneurship can be a very lonely place at times and the OBH takes away the isolation. I've met some great people here and the OBH staff team are always on hand to help where ever possible. A great place to bring out the creative side and meet like minded people! "
Our final question to James was about his future plans. Where would he like to be in a year?
"I'd like Pubme to have provided a 'public' experience worth shouting about by saving users money, increasing venue revenues and ultimately giving the pub industry a much-needed boost"
We wish James every success with his new venture. If you'd like to find out more about the Leeds PubMe pilot:
• Tweet @pubmeapp
• Facebook pubmeapp
• Email James on landlord at pub.me