We looked for a technology partner who would not only understand our vision, but improve upon it
Sacramento, Calif. (PRWEB) January 25, 2008
Blue River Interactive Group announced today that the Sacramento-based company is building the next generation of BiteClub.com, due to launch in February.
BiteClub.com, co-founded by Sonny Mayugba, Randy Paragary and Mark Braden, is a vertical social networking site for members of the restaurant and bar industry. The new venture, which launched in beta in May 2007, recently received a $500,000 investment from veteran restauranteur Larry Mindel, of Il Fornaio; Darius Anderson, of Kenwood Investments and Platinum Advisors; and select industry insiders for site improvements and custom software applications, as well as marketing and content acquisition.
"BiteClub's concept is both timely and relevant, which is why it's already generating strong buzz in the social networking and venture capital communities," said Blue River CEO Malcolm O'Keeffe. "More and more people are turning to niche social networks, where they can find entire communities centered around their interests."
To create the niche social network platform for BiteClub.com, Blue River and BiteClub culled the best features of larger social networking sites and knitted them into a cohesive, easy-to-use environment.
"We wanted to encourage visitors to 'play' with BiteClub," said Jeff Winter, a user-experience expert for Blue River. "We're designing an experience that parallels the fun, relaxed culture of the restaurant and bar industry."
Soon BiteClub.com users will be able to create individual, place and product profiles; set up groups; upload video, photos, news stories, events and blog posts; get the insider scoop on restaurants and bars; search for jobs and more. The site will also feature Digg-style voting on all site content, giving users an easy way to see and find interesting content.
"We looked for a technology partner who would not only understand our vision, but improve upon it," said BiteClub.com CEO Sonny Mayugba. "Blue River's insight and technical expertise are helping us supercharge the site. We can't wait to unveil it."
About Blue River Interactive Group:
Blue River Interactive Group is a full-service interactive agency founded in 2004 and located in Sacramento, California. Blue River builds websites and designs online products that help companies connect with their audiences, simplify business processes and improve bottom-line results
BiteClub.com, which launched in beta in May 2007, will introduce an enhanced version at an event during the Nightclub & Bar Convention and Trade Show in Las Vegas (Feb. 24-27). The first of a kind, the site has become a destination for its growing membership of chefs, restaurateurs, bartenders, servers, culinary students and everyone in between to trade details about where to eat and drink, recipes, anecdotes, new products, marketing, design and countless other topics.
About the BiteClub.com Founders:
Sonny Mayugba, CEO -- Former publisher/founder of Heckler Magazine and Heckler.com, and guitarist for alternative-rock band Daycare.
Randy Paragary, COO -- A restaurateur since 1969, Randy is the founder of the Sacramento, Calif.-based Paragary Restaurant Group, which operates 12 restaurants and bar concepts.
Mark Braden, CTO -- Technology entrepreneur and jet pilot.