SKOUT is a San Francisco based global platform spanning 180 countries. It is one of the largest global apps that helps people expand their social circle. Lately, they have partnered with the San Francisco-Marin Food Bank to produce meals for 20,000 people in the San Francisco Marin area. SKOUT has worked on several other occasions on community based projects that help the people and the community. Now, on National Potato Chip Day, SKOUT has encouraged it’s users to come together and help the community in a big way. With the ever rising expense of living, SKOUT wants it’s users to reach and and help by giving virtual gifts. With each virtual gift made, they then in return give a cash donation from the company. SKOUT’s goal is to provide a safe and easy way for people to connect with one another and also help communities whenever possible.
Christian Wiklund, co-founder and CEO, wanted to create ways to partner social media with community service. In using technology, we can reach more people and have a larger people base to potentially pull from. The more people involved the better the community service works.
SKOUT was one of the first mobile people discovery applications. It uses cell phone GPS to locate people in a general radius. It is available world-wide and can be used in 14 different languages. Founded in 2007, it was relaunched, after a slow start, again in 2009 as a dating service. Studies recognized that was what about 80% of the users were using it for. Instead of reinventing the wheel, they used the dating platform to encourage the sites use. In 2013, it launched a new travel feature that enabled users to locate and meet new people when they were traveling.