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Hey! Vina: Matchmaking app for ladies who want more gal pals

After graduating college, one of the first things females notice is how hard it is to make new friends and stay social once they’ve become adults. But don’t worry. There’s an app for that. Hey! Vina uses a matching algorithm that uses data like location, mutual friends, answers to quizzes, and so forth.

There’s an app for that

Once you’ve graduated from college and moved out into the big, scary world, things start changing. And fast. One of the first things females, in particular, notice is how hard it is to make new friends and stay social once they’ve become adults.

But don’t worry. There’s an app for that. Literally, there’s an app for making friends.

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Matching algorithm for friends

At The American Genius, we’ve previously introduced you to Sko There an app where women can create profiles introducing themselves to other women looking for platonic friendship.

Hey! Vina is a similar concept; it’s a mobile app specifically for women who have moved to a new city, want to get connected with other ladies who have a common interest, or are looking for a group to hang out with while on an extended business trip. While Sko There’s users post a status asking who wants to meet up for a hike or a wine tasting, Hey! Vina uses a matching algorithm that uses data like location, mutual friends, answers to quizzes, and so forth.

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Helping women make connections

Hey! Vina was started last year by Olivia June Poole and Jen Aprahamian, two friends who both moved and traveled a lot for work and struggled with meeting new people and making friends. As women in the tech industry, they decided to make an app to help women in similar situations have an easy way to make connections.

Hey! Vina was actually borne of Poole’s original idea, “Ladies Who Vino,” a networking group she started in San Francisco, which grew to more than 100 members. After seeing how quickly it grew and how warmly the idea was accepted, Poole and Aprahamian decided to bring the idea to the masses with an app.

To get to know users, Hey! Vino starts off with a quiz that delves into interests, lifestyle, and basic personality traits. On a weekly basis afterward, Hey! Vina will send users additional short quizzes to gather more information in order to make auspicious friend matches.

Coming to a city near you

Technology like Hey! Vina, which helps us to make friends via a mobile app is something most people never thought they’d see in their lifetime. But it makes sense. People are busy and only getting busier. We are at our jobs well over 40 hours a week, on our phones the majority of the day, traveling, moving every couple of years, and it’s hard to start over all the time. So why not sign up to have an algorithm match you up with people you’re guaranteed to have things in common with?

This is the second females-only friends app to come out in two months and there are bound to be more in the near future. We may have spotted a niche market right at its inception.

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Hey! Vina is currently live in San Francisco and New York and is available on the Apple App Store.

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Staff Writer, Abigail White is a wordsmith who hails from the Deep South, having graduated with a degree in Journalism from Auburn University. She is usually reading three books at once, loves history, sarcasm, and arguing over the Oxford comma.

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