For some, expressing your true feelings to someone you know is a tough thing to do. Enter TrintMe, a member of the Rackspace Startup Program that makes an award winning social app that lets you express your true intentions, or “trints,” to friends and friends of friends. Whether just asking to hang out, grab a cup of coffee or start a romantic relationship, TrintMe keeps your true intentions secret unless the recipient feels the same way.
TrintMe aims to remove the fear of rejection and embarrassment when trying to start a relationship.
TrintMe Founder and CEO VS Joshi says he came up with the idea for the app at an MIT alumni meeting in the Silicon Valley.
“At the Alumni meeting one of the girls whom I had known from college asked why I had not asked her out then and she was hoping to be asked,” explains Joshi. “Lives would have been different if either of us had taken that next step but we were both hesitant. That was the inspiration behind TrintMe.”
Joshi says that during college he was interested in dating, but whenever he expressing his true intentions was often difficult.
“…whenever I took the next step and expressed my true intentions, it was a disaster,” Joshi says. “I was rejected, embarrassed and many relationships didn’t work out.”
Joshi sharpened and defined the mission for TrintMe – to solving the social anxiety challenges millions of people face and ensure people don’t miss out on a potential relationship – at the John E. and Alice L. Butler Venture Accelerator Program at Babson College. It was through the Venture Accelerator Program at Babson that Joshi was introduced to the Rackspace Startup Program.
“At that early stage when an entrepreneur is still deciding whether they should leave the full-time job and start something of their own, support from the Rackspace Startup Program is huge,” Joshi says. “Startups all over the world thank Rackspace for that and you guys are really fanatical about customer support. I like that. What the heck, I love it!”
And Joshi says he felt confident that his choice of hosting providers had a true understanding of what startups need to develop apps and get them to market fast.
“As compared to competition, Rackspace is a very active player in the startup ecosystem and gives assurance to an entrepreneur that they understand the challenges that a startup faces and have programs for startups to leverage the Rackspace network for propelling the startup to greater heights,” concludes Joshi.