BIGTIMEDAILY - Mar 30 - Three years ago, Newman began his journey as a full-time CEO of his very own tech startup named Dandy. He created the company with his partner and co-founder, Leor Massachi, while the two were seniors in college. Newman started a tutoring company at age 17. Later he started his second small business with Leor Massachi, called Geocasion. It was a design agency that helped businesses market toward the Gen Z demographic via custom-made interactive Geofilters on Snapchat. In addition to founding Geocasion, Newman also founded USC's TAMID Tank event during his sophomore year, which is the school's equivalent to the TV show, Shark Tank. With Dandy, they wanted to create a version of a dating app that would mimic two people meeting in person for the first time. Users would log onto the app once it went "live", and they would have an allotted time to find their match. Once two users established they were interested, they'd be transferred into a three-minute video call. Dandy has fundraised ~$3.3M in a matter of months from investors involved in companies such as Uber, Airbnb, Snapchat, and Facebook. In Feb 2020, they decided to rebrand Dandy into Zoom University, a virtual dating app with two-on-two video calls resembling that of a double date.
by Matthew Wiles
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