Our mission is simple: tap-in to global happiness. Happstr is about challenging yourself to check-in every time you are happy, and share that happiness with your friends. Research shows that your happiness can be easily elevated by the network effect of those around you. Happstr is also about exploring the happiness of those around you. With Happstr you can find your happy place.
Why build a happiness map? The Startup Bus answer, co-creator Ricky Robinett says, is that people might one day pay to track their happiness like they do their fitness. There’s also an opportunity for brands to sponsor some happiness. But, at least when he’s not competing in a contest for which business model is a criteria, Robinett says Happstr is really just a sincere effort at making the world a better place.
We’re rockin’ out here in Austin and passed our 500 tap-in a few hours ago! Pretty good for a launch that wasn’t supposed to happen and technically still hasn’t! Every time we look at the map we are stoked.
The three Wi-Fi-fitted buses rolled into town yesterday from New York, Cincinnati, and Washington. There are 11 such vehicles in total, driving from cities around the country, carrying a combined 336 passengers who will try to conceive and launch their own startup businesses along the way. There they’ll join the other “tribes” to compete and present their fledgling companies to investors. Earlier that morning in Nashville, they’ve just had a two-hour “mentoring session” with local entrepreneurs and are now packing up for the next leg down South.
Mariel Hemingway, esteemed actress, author, and television host tweeted about us today! We love Manhattan, yoga, and healthy living and are elated the happiness is spreading!