This article was originally published on TechFlash.
Take 520 or I-90? It’s a tough decision to make these days, and one a new Seattle startup wants to help you make – or rather, wants to make for you. When tolling started on 520 at the end of December, many commuters found that they could turn to an app by startup 520or90.com to help them calculate the fastest or least expensive way to cross Lake Washington.
The idea was born of a Seattle Startup Weekend in November where founder Gabe Brown worked with Latika Kirtane, Karen Cheng, Shashi Shashidhar and five other team members to develop a functional app in 48 hours.
Brown, Kirtane, Cheng and Shashidhar – all of who still have day jobs in the tech industry – have remained with the startup, which they say is really about “community helping community” in the best way they know how – through technology.
Kirtane, a product manager at HTC, said thousands of commuters around the greater Seattle area are currently using the app. The app is available for both iPhones and Android phones and a Windows Phone version is on its way.
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