New York, NY (PRWEB) February 12, 2013
This Valentine’s Day, there may be something way better to do than dinner and a movie, at least if Speakeasy has their way. The new site aims to steer social explorers in the direction of events provided by peers such as loft gatherings, unique food events, and even parties at people’s homes.
Speakeasy Co-founder Kevin Bracken is probably known best for orchestrating International Pillow Fight Day, an event that sees people in 150 cities around the world come together to hit eachother with pillows. He attributes the new project to what he’s learned over time:
“People are constantly looking to up the ante on the level of fun they are experiencing,” he said, “and most of the time, they feel like spending money to go to a bar or nightclub is settling for something less. Our aim is to connect people with interesting experiences in new settings.”
Speakeasy follows in the footsteps of other startups that are riding the wave of what has been dubbed the “sharing economy,” sites such as lodging-sharing site Airbnb and car-sharing site Getaround. Speakeasy aims to fill the peer-to-peer events niche, by empowering anybody to host an event and fill it with trusted friends-of-friends using a similar reputation system to other sharing sites.
“Our launch weekend in New York and Toronto already has some great events planned, from a Miracle Berry ‘flavor tripping’ party by a gourmet chef, to a boozy brunch mimosa afterhours at a downtown apartment, to a house party you can apply to attend,” Speakeasy Co-founder Dustin Hoffman added.
It looks like the old chocolate and flowers routine might be getting a run for its money.