The best tasting Startup just got better

June 11, 2008 at 12:37 pm 2 comments

Imagine meeting 12 new individuals at three different Meals in just one evening. That’s the possibility the German Startup RudiRockt gives you. It works like this: you and a friend sign-up on the site and choose an Event in your neighbourhood. You’ll be assigned a Course (Starter, Main-Dish or Dessert) which you cook together with your friend. Four other – for you until now unknown – individuals will come to your place and eat the course and after that you go on to the next course and again you meet 4 new persons. After the Dessert there is a party for all the people that was cooking during the evening

Man cooking

RudiRockt is the organization keeping it all together. The web-system is very able;

  • to attend an Event you have to live inside of the borders of the event (usually some radius from the City-center), this is handled directly from Google Maps
  • the routes for all the participants are calculated automatically and are made in such a fashion that you don’t have to travel all the way through the city between the courses
  • after attending the Event the folks you dined with will appear as your “cooking friends” on the site, which is a good way to get the contact details for the interesting people you’ve met during the Event.
  • No RudiRockt-Events in your town? Start your own! Everybody (in theory) could be an organizer.
  • Scalable. The Events here in Aachen has been scaled to more than 1000 participants.
  • Living in a Student dorm with just one kitchen and more then one team wanting to participate? No problem, the system takes care of this and assigns different courses to the teams.

Most important, it’s a very nice way to meet new people in real life – and keep contact online. A nice breed of online/offline-experience.

There are of course a lot of questions yet to be answered such as profitability and emerging out of just student events as well as scaling outside of Aachen; as far as I’ve seen the only really big events are here in Aachen. Then there is – as always with German startups – question of internationalization. So far it’s only available in German.

As I happen to know the team behind the concept I know that they’ve been working hard to get the new version of the system up and running. Take a look at it here.

Andi and Christoph demonstrates the whole thing in a video. (Auf Deutsch, of course!)

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Entry filed under: german-startups, online-offline, social networks, startups.

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2 Comments Add your own

  • 1. Andi  |  June 11, 2008 at 1:28 pm

    You summed it up very well!
    But, of course, the full rudirockt-experience can just be achieved by participating in one event :).

    Will think about making the next rudirockt-movie in english ;).

    Reply
  • 2. rhodin  |  June 11, 2008 at 2:20 pm

    Well you have to adopt to the market.. When Physikblog conquers the world you might want to consider making other language-versions of it 🙂

    Reply

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