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I guess you HAVE heard of Riff…

Judging by the increase in traffic on the site following the post about Riff, I’d say that was a fairly popular topic.

So two quick points. First, the whole reason I started this blog was to highlight local start-ups because nobody else seemed to be doing that. If stories like this find an audience, then I feel like that validates my premise that this really is an unfilled niche. So congrats to me. And you’re welcome.

Second, listen up Riff. Here’s a story about me growing up in West Philadelphia using your app: I worked hard to craft the PERFECT “riff” – believe me, it was great – sent it to my friend and waited for him to respond positively. I was expecting hilarity to ensue. Instead I got back this:

photoSo there you have it, indisputable proof that confused people named Chandler think you purvey pornography. I hope you can live with yourselves.

And no, that does not say more about me than it does about you.

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Have You Heard of Riff?

Riff could be the NEXT BIG THING!!!

I don’t really know anything about that…I just believe in hype.

So, Riff is a “music messaging” app, allowing users to send a 20-second music clip and an optional picture to any contact in their phone. It is pretty cool, though, honestly, totally frivolous. But most apps are, so who am I to say anything? Frivolity rules. Oh, and like Snapchat, these messages self-destruct, so enjoy the hell out of those 20 seconds while you can.

Having apparently grown out of an Entrepreneurial Club meeting at Virginia Tech, the founders of Riff are sticking to tried-and-true marketing methods to spread the word: hotties in their tumblr posts. Not gonna lie, I appreciate that, and I think their target demographic will as well.

I’ll report back as I continue to use the app. They are currently in Beta, and I’m not sure what full functionality will look like, but “local boys release cool app” is always a story worth pushing. Let’s keep an eye out and see where they take this.

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