Vimbly: A Better Way To Find Your Next Experience
Living in New York City can be extraordinarily tough. Time is the ultimate commodity and with monthly rents as high as a used car, a real New Yorker does not appreciate wasted time and will literally hold a grudge over a bad experience.
With an unlimited amount of choices, what’s a New Yorker to do when looking for a dance class, pottery class or a trapeze class? Sure you can scroll through Google for four hours looking for a “Samurai boot camp” or an archery lesson. Of course you could refine your search to “Samurai boot camp New York City” then …”‘ Samurai boot camp New York City free”… well you get the point. After about an hour of this you give up, grab the bag chips and fire up the old Facebook profile. Ughhh.
Enough! I want you to go to your windows open them up and shout at the brick wall in front of you… ” I’m as tired as hell and I’m not going to search anymore!” Then, after you realize that no one can hear you, I want you to log on to VIMBLY.COM
Vimbly is really a dream come true for New Yorkers looking for activities and real world experience. Not only can you search for local events and classes within the platform but you can also book them directly inside the website. Even better, you may log on thinking that you’re looking for an “Intro to Cigars 101″ class and you may end up stumbling across a ” French macaroon workshop!” Who knew?
Vimbly co-founder and CEO Sam Lundin tells SeriousWonder that “Vimbly content is curated. Our goal is not merely to maximize the total number of activities you can find (Google already does that), rather to maximize the meaningful activities available. Every activity on the site is bookable. Vimbly is not just a list. We never waste your time showing classes you can’t book.”
SW: How will Vimbly change the the future of social networking and social experience?
Sam: “In the future, you will be able to see what your friends are signed up for on Vimbly (as long they gave you access) and join them for the same activity. This way, there will be no need to call all your friends to see who wants to take an upcoming tango class with you — instead it’ll show up on Vimbly. Why sit down for coffee when you can both go for wine tasting instead? Without Vimbly, you might have signed up for for two separate sessions a few days apart and never been the wiser. Instead, you’ll be able to solve the “just missing each other” problem that you might not have known about, or had previously assumed was a fact of life.
Sam: “For context, I first look back 10 years when people booked airfare by calling airlines or travel agencies. Today, we know that’s a waste of time since it’s much easier to use a service like Kayak which has the key information across multiple flights on one screen. Whether you’re still figuring out which option works best (“discovery mode”), or if you know exactly what flight you want and just want to book it quickly (“book-ability mode”), you can breeze through an online booking. No need to pick up the phone and deal with calling it in.
*SERIOUS WONDER readers can use the code ” SERIOUSWONDER-VBY” to get an exclusive $5 discount off any activity on the site! To activate the code, just inter it in the special requests box when submitting a booking. Now get out there and start fencing!!