Roqbot is gaining momentum in the tech world! TechCrunch recently featured Roqbot, and they are one of eight Microsoft BizSpark Accelerator finalists in the music related category. As a finalist, Roqbot will showcase their product March 14th and 15th after officially launching at SXSW. Roqbot allows you to request songs at bars, cafes, and other businesses through your mobile device. Businesses can also access Roqbot’s 5 million song library to play as background music.
Roqbot is a young startup. Co-founders Garrett Dodge and Ketu Patel pitched their vision for Roqbot at Startup Weekend San Francisco (May 2010), where they also met their third co-founder, Gene Folgo. Since the Bay Area Startup Weekend, Roqbot has built a library of licensed songs, built a mobile app, and worked to get the service into new business venues. Roqbot currently sells their product to bars, such as Bar Basic in San Francisco, where the authors of the TechCrunch article encountered the startup.
Roqbot founders pride themselves on using user input. The startup is pioneering the use of social music in businesses by integrating input from customers and staff. Listeners are able to vote for upcoming songs and rate pre-made playlists. The app is available for iPhone, Android, the mobile web, and as an application for laptops. While at SXSW, Roqbot will be available for parties and in area bars. To download their beta version, visit the Roqbot website.