The end of the semester has left Tali Salhon less stressed than normal, which is something not many Georgetown students can say. Two weeks ago, Tali, along with long-time friends from home in Istanbul, Eytan Nahmiyas and Sinan Koc, launched an app two years in the making called Radius. With over one thousand downloads in less than fourteen days, Tali has high hopes for Radius on college campuses everywhere.
As an app, Radius works to let you know when your friends are within a 450-foot radius of your location. Users will get push notifications if one of their friends that they added on the mobile application is in the area. While the idea is not new to the location-based app game, Radius is unique in that users do not have to check in anywhere, and exact locations are never disclosed—instead, friends “bounce around” in someone’s radius. With this, users can maintain their privacy. And, it was created to be used efficiently on a college campus.
“Our generation is not tolerant with apps that do not work well. Radius had to be able to compete with the market” said Tali. Perhaps this is why the app took close to two years to make. After the first prototype struggled in the app market, Tali and his friends almost gave up until they used their own money and sought help from investors and coders to improve the mobile setup.
“We raised enough money to work with a professional company that would make something that actually works”, said Tali. Feedback and downloads prove the app’s success so far. And the three childhood friends from Turkey are not stopping there—“I cancelled my internship for the summer. We got an office in Istanbul and we are dedicated to raising capital to make it bigger and will spend all of our energy on this for the next three months”, said Tali.
While Tali came to Georgetown with the idea that he would start some kind of business, he attributes the Georgetown atmosphere that has put him around smart people, lucrative networks, and indispensable speakers. Georgetown’s large international community is only aiding Tali’s widespread marketing goals as he looks to the future for Radius: he said, “A lot of my international friends want to take this back to their home countries. We are very lucky to have a lot of friends around the world”.