loopt launches with Sprint

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A couple months ago, iinnovate, a Stanford-based podcast on innovation and entrepreneurship, had the opportunity to interview Sam Altman ’07, co-founder and CEO of loopt. loopt is a mobile “social mapping”, or friend-finding, service which allows you to connect to your friends in real time over your cell phone.
This week, loopt launched its service with Sprint, its first major US carrier. This gives loopt a 56-million user base, and equally important, the ability to change the way individuals interact with their phones. It certainly isn’t about talking anymore! The loopt team understands that there is a lot be done in the social and mobile space and is working hard to get its service onto other tier-1 carriers.
“The most common mobile question in the world is ‘Where are you?’ and we’re excited that loopt will be able to answer that question for Sprint customers who choose to participate,” said Sam. “The way we communicate on the mobile phone is about to change forever, as loopt on Sprint puts an end to missed connections and facilitates real-world interactions.”
Sam and the other three co-founders started loopt after spending three months in 2005 at the Summer Founders Program by Y Combinator, a startup incubator.
For more, see loopt’s blog and the press release.

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One Response to “loopt launches with Sprint”

  1. Anonymous says:

    I think loopt and other services like it represent only the start of the development of brand benefits for mobile carriers far beyond the social mapping functionality…someday creating communities out of carrier networks that provide recommendations, referrals, and other services. I’m a little surprised that Sprint didn’t even bother to mention it, although the news wasn’t suited to YouTube sharing and the other useless endeavors that pass for viral branding these days. I’ve written about this in some detail on my blog, DIM BULB, at http://dimbulb.typepad.com,if you’d like to check it out. Thanks!

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