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By Will Haire                                                                                                            Follow us on Twitter @SWStamford

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At Startup Weekend Stamford we like to focus on success stories from local entrepreneurs. What’s even more impressive are stories from young entrepreneurs. Ambitious, motivated and business savvy are just a few adjectives I’d use to describe this crew of recent Quinnipiac University graduates. I recently had the opportunity to sit down with Tom Nassr one of the co-founders of Kricket.

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Kricket is the brainchild of Tom Nassr, Connor Croteau, and Matt Cameron.

The Kricket application allows a user to tag an emoticon image to the map, with a message attached to it. This is image and message is called an ‘atmosphere’. The atmosphere is posted anonymously onto the map and can be seen by anyone. Other users nearby can upvote & downvote the atmosphere. The idea is to make communication between people more fluid at a hyper local level. With the wide range of images to pick from, the use cases range from selling old goods, to finding the best bar in the area.  In Tom’s words;

Kricket provides a geography based social network that helps people connect in the real world.

User generated atmospheres  on the map is only half the equation. Kricket is also working with local restaurants, clubs,cafes, bars, and other venues to reveal their atmosphere, upcoming deals, or live events, onto the map for everyone to see in real time. The app will be released in late March on the Android and Apple app stores.  Be sure to download it, use it and leave a review. If not for you, do it for your community. After all, it takes a village to raise a child and in the same sense, it takes a village to build a bad ass app!

During the app creation process, Kricket did receive guidance from a mobile focused digital studio called Checkmate Creations, also located in Hamden, CT. The collaboration and difference in expertise with Checkmate, helped Kricket sharpen its vision while learning and progressing through several pivots over the last year.

Tom and his team embody the entrepreneurial spirit and are part of the foundation of businesses developing in Connecticut. Startup Weekend Stamford strives to bring like-minded and motivated people together who are doing great things. Be sure to check out our website. 2015’s event is sure to be the most EPIC EVENT EVER! Don’t miss out and thanks for reading. Be sure to check out the Kricket.co website and be part of the movement.

Will Haire