On July 1, 2012 After a successful rollout in Vancouver, the company is bringing its neighbourhood app to over 20,000,000 Canadians.
Vancouver, June 25, 2012 – July 1st has a unique place in Canadian media history. On this day in 1927 the CBC broadcast their signal to the nation for the very first time. In 1958 Canada was united through the first cross country television broadcast and on July 1, 1966 Canadians saw their country on the tube in color from coast to coast.
This year, another great Canadian network will launch nationally. After a successful pilot test in Vancouver, Ayoudo will be rolling out to 50 cities and neighbourhoods in all 10 provinces. Beginnning June 25th, Ayoudo will be launching in St. John’s Newfoundland and leading up to Canada Day celebrations will be making its way across the country all the way to the Pacific.
Ayoudo represents the next generation of great Canadian networks, and is building social connections between Canadians that go well beyond photo sharing and tweeting. Ayoudo (www.ayoudo.com) lets you buy, sell and share with trusted people close by. Using the web app or iphone app, anyone can buy or sell something or offer to volunteer their time or expertise. Ayoudo shows who’s the most trusted person in the area and allows neighbors to connect securely online.
And the site has already been used by tens of thousands of people in Vancouver. Michael Tippett, CEO of Ayoudo says, “People use the application to get help in the garden, tune up their home office and take care of life’s little emergencies. But the application is also playing a critical role in getting help to people in a time of crisis.”
In addition to helping people knock things off their to do list, Ayoudo’s First Help program is also helping people get help during natural disasters like hurricanes and is also working to help keep beaches clean from debris across the Pacific Rim.
“There are lots of errand running services that are popping up, but Ayoudo is different,” says Kul Wadhwa, Head of Mobile for Wikipedia and an advisor The Company. “Ayoudo is about connecting anyone with anyone for commercial and noncommercial purposes. It’s much bigger than a marketplace.”
The Company’s social mission, to help connect people in their community around shared needs, sets it apart from the Craigslist knockoffs. But apart from lofty social goals, Ayoudo has assembled an all star team. Ayoudo’s CTO Eric Burin des Rosiers was the co-founder and CTO of TripAdvisor and Marc Baumgartner and Michael Tippett helped build Canada’s NowPublic, a hugely successful crowdsourced news platform. Tippett was most recently Executive Director of Growlab in Vancouver.
Canadians can find out when Ayoudo is coming to their town by checking the schedule or by signing up on the web. The site is free to use and members can become part of the network using Facebook or their email address.
Vancouver-based Ayoudo (www.ayoudo.com) lets you get help from trusted people close by. Using the web app or iphone app, anyone can ask for something or offer to help. Ayoudo shows who’s the most trusted person in the area and allows neighbors to connect online. People use the application to get help in the garden, tune up their home office and take care of life’s little emergencies. But the application can also play a critical role in getting help to people in a time of crisis.
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