It all started with a trip to Guam that was filled with hidden waterfalls in the middle of the jungle, local cliff jumping spots, and even a rundown shack that housed arguably the best BBQ we'll ever have. This was all made possible because we had a friend who grew up in the area and was able to give us unique recommendations on what to do - all based on what fit our personalities.
This trip set an expectation for every one we went on, but that expectation was rarely met. We would return from a trip and find we missed out on a bunch of really cool activities. We would always ask, "Where the heck was that when we were searching for things to do? What do we have to do to reach those types of activities?"
The apps we used would only give us what the general traveler thought was the best, but it didn't know us, didn't care about who we were. We didn't have a local friend every place we went feeding us recommendations, so we just had to settle for the touristy things.
It was out of that pain point that two brothers, Brenden and Sean Coleman, and their friend, Austin Cinalli, created NativX with one mission in mind; allow you to experience a city on a deeper level - as if you had a good friend anywhere you go.
With the help of IBM Watson & social media, NativX creates a personality profile for each user and factors it into hyper-personalized recommendations on what to do in an area.
What Sets NativX Apart?
- Personality based recommendations - Don't just scratch the surface. NativX empowers you to experience on a deeper level by giving recommendations based on your personality, preferences, and activity in the app.
- Avoid the paradox of choice - Too many choices leads to unhappiness. Instead of showing you millions of options, NativX filters thorough the endless choices to show you recommendations you are likely to enjoy.
- Useful Tips From Natives - Who knows an area better than the people who live there? You'll find unique places you're sure to love with the help of expert Natives. It's like having a friend everywhere you go!
The Founding Team
CoFounder & COO
Austin graduated from West Virginia University in 2015 with a B.S. in Industrial Engineering. He then went on to work at Aramark as a Business Analyst for their Sports & Entertainment division, where he helped twenty-eight major league stadiums across the country improve efficiency in their food and beverage operation. In his spare time, Austin loves to golf, fish, and explore the restaurants around Philly.
CoFounder & CTO
Sean is completing his last semester at Harvard studying Computer Science and acting as Captain of the Harvard lacrosse team. Previous to NativX, he interned at an investment bank in New York and an autonomous vehicle startup in Shanghai. When he isn’t coding or playing lacrosse, you can find him scaling some walls with or without a rope.
CoFounder & CEO
Brenden graduated the Air Force Academy where he also played lacrosse. After graduation, he served as a Space Operations Officer stationed at Cape Cod Air Force Station. During his time at the Air Force Academy, he co-organized Student (ad)Venture - a startup weekend style event geared toward promoting entrepreneurship in the Colorado Springs universities. Brenden’s hobbies include scuba diving, hiking, and exploring new cities.
Southwest Airlines Innovation Award 2016
SXSW Top 8 College Startups 2016
RECESS Top 10 College Startups 2016