Originally based in Seattle, cyPOP made it’s Beta launch in November, but made the big move to Los Angeles earlier this year. President and co-founder Josie Baik describes the startup as a social site that connects people.
Isn’t that what Facebook, Twitter, and other social sites do? Yes, cyPOP connects people, but this startup has separated itself in the social scene by connecting people not through virtual circles of friends and family, but rather through common interests. “On cyPOP you only interact with others who share your interests. Even if you don’t know the other person, you have a common interest and you have something to talk about.” cyPOP offers its users infinite number of interests. It integrated the Freebase data system- any interest you can think of you can form a community around.
When asking Josie why cyPOP decided to make the move from Seattle to LA, she said, “Santa Monica and Los Angeles are a great combination of technology and content generators. We’re a content centered website, and LA is very welcoming for startup entrepreneurs. The majority of angel investors in Seattle do not invest in startups at our stage, whereas in LA they seem more open to it. Personally, I feel that there are just more opportunities in LA for people who are just starting to get involved in the entrepreneur community.” Josie also went on to tell me that cyPOP has had an increase in interest in the site since moving to LA as more and more people are finding out about the startup.
When asking her if LA presents her and her team with any challenges she replied, “No, I don’t think so! It’s been really great so far.” Seems like the Seattle to LA move was a great thing for Josie and cyPOP! Look out for cyPOP in the future as it plans on growing and adding a lot more content.