San Francisco socialites have a new option on the horizon after Silicon Roundabout heavyweight YPlan announced its service will be launching on the fringes of the Silicon Valley.
The “spontaneous going out” app curates a list of 15 events that are available on the night question or for up to a week in advance with activities including gigs, food sampling, theatre shows and gallery exhibitions as well as other highly sought after events.
YPlan’s move into the US market follows the likes of Hailo, Shazam and Unruly Media in making the move across the pond and those heading up London’s tech push are particularly buoyant.
“There is great momentum underway in the UK tech sector and it is fantastic to see businesses like YPlan capitalising on the unique environment here in London, enjoying an impressive rate of growth and tapping in to international markets. We wish them every success,” stated Gerard Grech, CEO of Tech City UK.
San Francisco is the third place in the world to be chosen by YPlan and the second city in the US after New York City saw the app introduced off the back of the $12 million [£7.8 million] in seed investment it received to assist its international expansion efforts.
In June 2013 it was estimated that 10 per cent of London’s iPhones had the app installed and Rytis Vitkauskas and Viktoras Jucikas only founded the startup in late 2012.
Since then it has been praised by the likes of Stephen Fry and has been awarded various gongs including being named the Hottest Global Startup of 2013 by Forbes as well as business of the year and mobile business of the year by the Startups Awards.
iPhone, iPad, iPod Touch and Android customers can download the app and it looks certain that it will far outgrow the 500,000 global downloads that it already has.