Getting Offline with the People You Care About

At The Pool can make you feel like a local the very first time you arrive somewhere new

The idea for At The Pool began when CEO, Alex Capecelatro, began traveling for work, school, and adventures. He was moving around a lot working on different projects with NASA, Fisker Automotive, and the X Prize Foundation, and found it difficult to meet similar like-minded people around him. Facebook was the best tool at the time, but it wasn’t location-specific. Alex wanted to make it easier to meet new people nearby who shared his interests in cycling, vegetarian food, running, and skydiving. Over time the idea evolved to make it easy not just to meet new people, but to stay in touch with the people you already know, who you may have fallen out of touch with.

Alex moved to Los Angeles to study engineering at UCLA. During his tenure, Alex started a graphic design company, a widely popular flatland bmx website, and a number of user-generated consumer content sites, teaching himself how to code and working with really bright people in the process. It was during this time that Alex met a number of UCLA students and an Art Center Designer (Jason Hsin, At The Pool's lead designer) who would become instrumental in the early days.

Fast forward a couple years — many all-nighters spent at coffee shops, a lot of learning, trial and error, and parking tickets, and At The Pool was born. The first build was a web-platform that connected people together through a daily match algorithm based on three criteria: location, mutual friends, and similar interests (pools). Members were sent a new match every 24 hours to help break the ice with like-minded people nearby.

Alex secured a round of funding after the web platform gained traction in more than 50 countries, which helped solidify a full-time developer. A year later, At The Pool had members in over a hundred countries and launched a new mobile app in November 2013. The mobile app is location-focused, takes the best features from the web platform, and makes it more efficient and smarter. Now it’s much easier to find someone nearby who shares an interest, so you can actually get offline and experience an activity together.

Within three months of the mobile launch, At The Pool was featured as the #1 new social networking app in the App Store, has grown to more than 120 countries and 3,500 cities, launched a Brand Ambassador Program in 15 cities, and is currently gearing up to release a new version of the app.

The At The Pool team is comprised of CEO (Alex Capecelatro), Lead Developer (Eric Greenhouse), Lead Designer (Jason Hsin), and Head of Business Development (David Zimmmerman).

In the long run, At The Pool aims to create an informationally aware technology connecting us to what's going on around us. The aim is to connect you with friends in the area, at home or while traveling, to new opportunities, and to new experiences.

Through a smart recommendation engine that understands who you are and what you care about and the data from members all around the world sharing their favorite spots, At The Pool can make you feel like a local the very first time you arrive somewhere new. The platform is only available for iPhone today, but Android development is underway. Stay tuned, try it out, and get offline with At The Pool.

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Love AtThePool
04 Mar, 2014 Love AtThePool
love it
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Rita
21 Feb, 2014 Rita
ATP stands for a great message!
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Sara
20 Feb, 2014 Sara
Looks cool!
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Frank
20 Feb, 2014 Frank
love this story
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