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Aiming to ‘brigge’ the gap

DECCAN CHRONICLE | GAUTAM SUNDER
Published Oct 29, 2015, 6:46 am IST
Updated Mar 27, 2019, 7:56 am IST
Brigge seeks to get users into the outdoors — for activities together
Prasanna, Sampath and Murali
 Prasanna, Sampath and Murali
So you’ve moved back home after a few good years in the U.S —01 and are eager to experience your hometown all over again rediscover the charm, participate in new activities and hobbies, and enjoy the great outdoors.
 
But who with? It’s hard enough finding friends nowadays, much less those who share your interests and have time to accompany you! This was exactly the problem faced by engineering professional Prasanna Jagannathan when he returned from the Silicon Valley, and though he had his brother Sampath Jagannathan with him, they both felt disillusioned at the lack of like-minded company — and decided to take matters into their own hands. “Hence, came about Brigge! Stand-up comic and theatre artist Murali Satgopan, who is also a family member, came on board, and we all decided to create a social network that would bring about people together — but not with the intention of having them interact virtually — but rather, get them out in the open!” says Prasanna.
 
Pronounced ‘bridge’, Brigge is an app that not only allows users to find company with activity-based groups, but also create new recreations to attract others. “Some may like to golf; others may ride motorcycles. To give you an idea of the activities planned so far — food walks in Sowcarpet, story-building activities, people getting together to play board games or spikeball on the beach, and terrace-garden enthusiasts meeting up! Even my 60-year-old dad found people his age to discuss books and libraries with. ‘Leisure’ is the one aspect we focus on, but we democratise the medium, and put it in the hands of the people,” he quips.
 
While other networks seek to keep people on the platform; Brigge’s idea is to facilitate as much real-life interaction as possible. Prasanna adds, “Also, it’s quite simple to use. After downloading the app, people just have to enter their interests like ‘sports and adventure’ and then go to the discovery screen, to connect. 
 
They can also follow others and their updates.  Brigge has been funded by The Chennai Angels (TCA), which aims to help and support budding entrepreneurs. Our pre-launch has already been very successful, we have had over 800 downloads in just a few weeks on the Google Play Store.  Soon enough, the iOS version will be out too. As of now, it’s active predominantly in Chennai and will be launched all over India soon. But people from USA have been expressing great interest, so Briggie will go global soon!”
 
 
 
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