iZoca.com, A Revolutionary Website Geared Toward Group Social Networking, Announces Launch to the World

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Technology company headquartered in the Capital Region unveils platform with a focus on groups and organizations

I am fully supportive of this new creative business venture which is headquartered in Albany County. After participating in a demonstration of the site and meeting the iZoca team I am excited by the opportunities this company can create for our region.

iZoca.com, a technology company based in the Albany region, today announced the launch of its website -- a revolutionary new group networking platform. iZoca provides a new and simple way for groups, organizations and individuals to share information, plan events and activities and stay connected. It features tools to allow groups the ability to efficiently and effectively communicate and organize.

In preparation for its launch, iZoca has raised $500,000 dollars in initial funding.

"I truly believe the website we have created is a solution for many groups and organizations," said iZoca President and CEO Jeff Goronkin who conceived of the web platform during an extended airport layover. "In these difficult economic times we are providing a free platform that allows groups and individuals to stay connected with the world around them."

Goronkin previously vice-president of life sciences at Evident Technologies left his position to pursue his vision. After recruiting his first investor, Bob Blackman, he went on to secure the financial backing of many additional investors.

Social networks such as Facebook and LinkedIn connect individual users to a crowd. iZoca's group networking platform organizes that crowd into groups and provides users with features to keep them connected with those groups at all times. With iZoca, individuals can join or create groups of personal interest including those focused on work, family, hobbies, school and charitable endeavors. The members of each group are subsequently able to share information and plan and discuss events and activities. iZoca members are provided a personal calendar which can display all of the events and activities for each of the groups.

One of the most unique features on iZoca is known as the "World Connector". The "World Connector" is a communication and information center which keep a user constantly up-to-date on all group activities.

Because of its group focus, the iZoca team has met with over 100 organizations in the Capital Region including the Center for Economic Growth, Albany Symphony, New York State Museum, Live Nation and Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Capital Region. Organizations are able to decide whether to display their information on iZoca to the public or to keep it private.

iZoca has many supporters including the President and CEO of CEG, Michael Tucker and Albany County Executive Michael Breslin. Breslin said, "I am fully supportive of this new creative business venture which is headquartered in Albany County. After participating in a demonstration of the site and meeting the iZoca team I am excited by the opportunities this company can create for our region."

The iZoca alpha site will include many additional features to be added over the next several months.

The name iZoca is derived from the Spanish word "zocalo" meaning a square or plaza where people congregate. iZoca was founded in September, 2007 and is located in New York's Tech Valley region.

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