Smart Friendship Bracelets for the 21st Century
Social media allows users to express themselves as individuals and connect to others in novel ways. These technologies have changed the world, but at a steep cost: heavy social media is linked to depression and isolation, particularly amongst young adults, its most active users. On the other hand, face-to-face interactions have been shown to increase happiness. At Gemio, our guiding principle is figuring out how technology can be used to connect people in real life.
A Missed Opportunity for Connection: Electronic Dance Music Festivals
Electronic dance music (EDM) is one of the most popular music genres worldwide, particularly for millennials who make up 48% of listeners. Live concerts and festivals propel the genre: listeners purchased 147 million EDM festival tickets in 2017 and continues to grow. Festivals are powerful shared experiences where fans can connect with the artists they love and with other people who share their music taste. EDM festivals are an opportunity for fans to deepen and extend the connections that naturally form.
Gemio Bands use advanced LED and Bluetooth technology to create millions of colors and light effects that respond and sync to music, movement, and other people nearby. Connect with friends by pairing bands, detect when and which friends are nearby, send light signals to communicate in a flash, and be part of the show by pulsing to the beat, syncing with the DJ, or connecting with the crowd. Our companion app lets users stay connected after the show.
One of Our Founders Was a Lead Executive at Two Billion-Dollar Software Exits and the Other Is an Actual Rocket Scientist
Michael Bettua (left) is our CEO and Co-Founder. He is a senior executive with 20 years of experience in software, internet, and consumer products. He held senior roles at two fast-growing technology startups that were two of the largest IPOs and M&As in the software industry, Silknet Software ($4.2B exit) and BladeLogic ($900M exit).
Tim Chinowsky (right) is our CTO and Co-Founder. He holds a Ph.D. in electrical engineering from the University of Washington and earned two bachelor's degrees from MIT. Previously, he designed rocket instrumentation systems.