Are you a girlfriend in need of some girlfriends? There’s an app for that too, now.
The startup was founded last year by friends Olivia June Poole and Jen Aprahamian, who used to work together, and left to start the company after finding that when they traveled for work they often didn’t have girlfriends in the area. They also found that as their current circle of girlfriends moved away, got married, and had babies, they were left with fewer friends.
Hey! VINA was sparked when a networking group in San Francisco called “Ladies Who Vino” began to grow. The women decided it may work as an actual app and named it VINA, Scottish for friend. It started with 100 members.
Like Tinder, the friendship app connects to your Facebook account, asking you basic questions about your habits and interests. An algorithm matches you with potential besties and the equivalent of the swipe right on the app is the “thumbs up” to another woman.
“At VINA, we’re dedicated to building global communities of women who make each other feel supported, inspired, free, and above all else, happy,” says the app’s site. “We started this company in Summer 2015 with the belief that all it takes is one friend to change your whole life. With the right set of people to support you in your journey and a culture of community over competition, we can change the world in all the best ways.”
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