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This article was published on November 21, 2012


    Startup concept for sale: Locazy.com. Find nearby restaurants, bars and shops using only email

    Startup concept for sale: Locazy.com. Find nearby restaurants, bars and shops using only email
    Sam Wierema
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    Sam Wierema

    Senior Developer at The Next Web. Working on The Next Web, Twitter Counter, Social and Push. Organiser of Kings of Code events. Senior Developer at The Next Web. Working on The Next Web, Twitter Counter, Social and Push. Organiser of Kings of Code events.

    While we were in Brazil to organise our first TNW Latin America conference we soon discovered that (mobile) Internet was not something that was readily available to everyone, nor was it very fast. In a large city like São Paolo (or Brazil in general), or any other city that you might not know very well, you might want to know what places are around you without actually having to increase your roaming cost exponentially each time you open Google Maps on your smart phone.

    That was the basic idea behind Locazy. Find places around you with relative ease by sending a simple email. The bandwidth costs are low, and you receive a top 5 list op places, with address (to show your taxi driver) and even a Google Maps link (if you have a good enough connection).

    So how does it work? Just send an email to [email protected] with the subject line in this format:

    {type} {in/near/around} {place}

    For example:

    food near Nieuwe Achtergracht 17
    sushi in Amsterdam
    drinks around New York

    Using SendGrid’s Parse API your email is parsed and the service sends back the top 5 places around you.

    Still confused? Check out the pitch:

    Today, as a part of our weekly ‘Startup Concepts for Sale’ series, we are selling Locazy.com.

    The sale includes:

    The domain
    Follow-up post when you buy it
    Follow-up post when you sell your company to Facebook, Google or Twitter

    Basically you are buying yourself a guaranteed review on The Next Web, something that money usually can’t buy, so that alone is worth thousands of dollars.

    Bidding starts at $500, right now:

    Locazy.com auction on Flippa

    This is the 6th concept we are selling.

    Our other auctions are:

    Userati.com (Auction | Blogpost)
    Sold for $470

    Intermediads.com (Auction | Blogpost)
    Sold for $405

    Searcle.com (Auction | Blogpost)
    Sold for $1305

    GetMailCounter.com (Auction | Blogpost)
    Sold for $456

    BitRow.com (Auction | Blogpost)
    Sold for $$305

    Image credit: Casey Serin