Circling the City of Lights!

I’m Javier, Marketing Manager at CircleMe,

Last week we organized some CircleMe drinks in beautiful Paris.. and we have to say that we had a blast!
We arrived around 5pm at our chosen location, which in this case was Le Dernier Bar Avant La Find Du Monde (French for ‘The Last Bar Before the End of the World’.) We loved the place, as it was full of passionate people. The place had many different themes, including an Indiana Jones one!

Le Dernier Bar – Where we hosted our Paris CircleMe Drinks

At 6pm the guests started to arrive, and so we started to talk about CircleMe, Paris, and about our passions! Some talked about performing arts, others about technology, music… Time flew, people came and went as we weren’t only meeting people passionate about CircleMe, but also enjoying a great time with them!

One interesting thing about the users at the meet up is that there were so many different nationalities. There were CircleMe users from France (of course), Brazil, Portugal, Spain, Italy, Russia, America and Mexico! This showed just how metropolitan the city of Paris is 🙂

Time passed by so quickly that at around 11pm we realized we hadn’t taken any group photos! So we assembled the remaining Circlers for a last minute photo! 😉

Ooops! We forgot to take a group photo until 11pm, when many had left :- (

Overall, we had a great, great time thanks to the great Circlers who visited us, the location chosen for the bar and, well… the city itself! So we can now officially claim that we have ‘Circled’ Paris! And here is proof of that!

We Circled Paris! ;- )

We would like to send a big, big thank you to all those who joined us! And if you would like to join our future meetups, follow us on Twitter and Facebook for future announcements 😉

All roads lead to the CircleMe meet up in Rome

After the great success of the meet ups in London and Milan, we decided to say ‘Hi’ to our users in Rome! We love these occasions as it gives us a chance to chat to lots of different Circlers, get some great feedback, and give out some T shirts of course 🙂

Casa Del Jazz

The venue for the meet up, the Casa Del Jazz, Rome

The venue we met at was the brilliant Casa Del Jazz, everyone started to meet up at 7pm and we got talking about the site, about the venue, about anything! One CircleMe user was so excited about the event that he arrived half an hour early! As well as this, 2 of our lovely users drove all the way from Pisa to attend, which is over a 3 hour drive!

CircleMe users at the Rome meet up

As you can see, everyone had a great time!

CircleMe Users

CircleMe users enjoying the Rome meet up

This was a great chance for users to meet some of the other members of CircleMe, and we certainly enjoyed chatting with everyone. Our CEO Giuseppe D’Antonio and office manager Elena Ciampella helped organize the event, so they had the pleasure of handing out T shirts! Along with the immensely popular CircleMe T shirts, we also had some fantastic goody bags to give out from JazzIt, whom we arranged the meet up with. Every CircleMe user who turned up got a magazine and a cool jazz CD, thanks guys! After the meet up we went on to get something to eat, eventually saying ‘Goodbye’ around 2am!

Elena hands out a T Shirt

Elena handing out T shirts : – )

We are all looking forward to the Paris meet up on the 18th! In the future we are looking to organise meet ups based around your likes, can you guess the theme of this one? Yup, it was jazz music! Would you like a CircleMe meet up near where you live? Well why not get in touch and let us know? As usual, you can let us know by commenting on this post, or by contacting us through our Twitter account or Facebook page!

What a day! We were on Smashing Magazine and won the AppCircus London!

Yesterday was a great day for CircleMe as we were featured on Smashing Magazine and won the Appcircus London edition, which qualifies us for the Mobile Premier Awards taking place in Barcelona during the Mobile World Congress 2013!

We are featured on Smashing Magazine

Yesterday afternoon we found out that we were featured by the popular (probably the most popular!) graphic design blog Smashingmagazine as an example of good design:

CircleMe on SmashingMagazine

We won the Appcircus London edition

Later on, our founder Erik Lumer was presenting our CircleMe app at the AppCircus, taking place in the Google Campus London. We were one of the lucky 10 Apps that were pre-selected and we were lucky enough to take the first place, which made us the best app in London according to AppCircus’ judges!

The judges were:

  • Simon Cross, Engineer, Facebook London.
  • Paul Sawers, Apps & Media Editor at The Next Web.
  • Daniel Appelquist, Head of Product Management for BlueVia.
  • Limvirak Chea, Director Business Development Europe & Middle East, InMobi.
  • Sid Thekkepat, Associate of m8 Capital.

AppCircus in Google Campus, image by https://twitter.com/#!/mtrends

Erik Lumer at Appcircus London, image by https://twitter.com/#!/ketan

Erik only had few minutes, but we recorded this (rather “shaky”) video in case you were curious to check it out!

There were some amazing apps presenting. These were the 10 apps selected by the judges:

Free first aid app bringing life-saving skills into your hands, featuring animated content, interactive quizzes, and videos. Check out their  video.

CircleMe is the social network that connects you to the things you love and to people around the world who share your interests. Demo video

Pilot Uni PPL is the app that makes you a real pilot. Pilot Uni interactively walks you through all essential scenarios needed to fly a  small aircraft.Demo Video

The app assesses your vision through a series of simple tests tailored by professional opticians and makes recommendations based on your results. More info here

Explore the Curzon Cinema for memories, from snogging in the back row, to the bomb that exploded outside the front entrance in 1941, to celebrate their centenary this year. Videohere

Shhmooze helps you make smart connections so you can have fantastic face-to-face meetings. Video here

Social media mobile apps for engaging the public with police. 500 officers & staff use the app for quick real time updates, compare police activities with monthly crime etc- more info here

A Midsummer Night’s Dream follows the plot of the original play closely but with a short rhyming text. Fully interactive, illustrations, lots of puzzles and riddles, bilingual English/Spanish, voice recording and much more…

Learn the words: Animals is developed under the educational concept of ‘learning by doing’ with the purpose to encouraging a creative play. More here

Read. Write. Share. Movellas is a social community platform for young readers and writers. Movellas works on  iOS and Android, with 1000s of free stories to be discovered. Watch the video here

So overall, it was a great day which motivates us to keep on working hard on CircleMe! Hopefully more blog entries like this coming soon 🙂

Announcing CircleMe User Meet-ups in Rome and Paris!

If you follow this blog, you’ll know that some months ago, we organized two great CircleMe users’ meetups. The first one took place near our offices in London, whereas the second took place in our HQ in Milan. As these were great fun and we really enjoyed meeting our users, we’ve decided to organize two more CircleMe users’ meetups in two beautiful cities: Rome and Paris!

First CircleMe meetup in London

Rome

You can read all about the Rome meet-up here!

When we organised the meet-up in Milan, we realised that many of our users in Rome would have loved to attend, but it was too far 😦 So, we decided to organize a meet-up for them too! The meet-up in Rome will take place on the 9th of July. Are you interestested? Please email elena@cascaad.com to get the address of the place where we’ll be meeting!

Paris

After the UK and Italy, France will be the third destination for our CircleMe meet-up! And having one of our biggest communities in France, we’re sure it will be a great success! This meet-up will take place in Paris on the 18th of July, 6:00 pm at:

19, avenue Victoria 75001 Paris
métro Châtelet (sortie Théâtre du Châtelet)

Why do we organise these meet-ups?

When we work on improving CircleMe, we don’t think about numbers: We work hard to create something great for people like you. For this reason, getting to know our real users is very important to us: We want to learn how you think we could improve CircleMe, but also get to know who our users are, which means that we might end up talking about anything like music, sports, politics… or anything you are passionate about! Obviously, there is no fee to attend the meet-up or anything like that! In fact, the earlier you join us, the more likely we’ll treat you to a drink 😉

If you are near Rome and Paris during those dates, please join us! It will be real fun!!

Visit the CircleMe team tomorrow in Brescia and Luxembourg!

Dear Circlers!

Tomorrow, 19th of June, will be a busy day for the CircleMe team as we’ll be attending two different events in different parts of Europe 🙂

Our CEO Giuseppe D’Antonio will be speaking about CircleMe and the creation of a social brand at the Pane, Web e Salame event. This event will take place in Brescia at 15:20 CET time.

A bit earlier, our Marketing Manager Javier Galán will be speaking about CircleMe at the ICT Spring Europe in Luxembourg at 13:30 CET time.

So if you are near Brescia or Luxembourg and are attending any of these events, do not hesitate to let us know and pop by to say hi and let us grab you a coffee! You can find Giuseppe at @giudantonio and Javier at @javiergalan

We will update our blog with future speaking events, but do not hesitate to also find us on Facebook or Twitter for the latest news and updates!

Users meet-up in Milan

Last Friday we organized the first meetup in Milan, Italy and we’ve got to say that it was amazing and it did beat all our expectations. We had some 100 users visiting us, which was amazing for us as we could get some very honest feedback directly from our users.

Our guests started to arrive at around 18:30 to the CircleMe office, with some drinks and nibbles waiting for them. We had some fun and chatted about CircleMe amongst other things. Since we had just released our new video, we projected it and it was our little “Cannes festival” 🙂 If you haven’t seen the video yet, check it out!

One of the things that caught the attention of our guests was the foosball table we have in our office. Obviously, we  had to organize a little foosball table tournament on the night!

However, that wasn’t the only competition of the night, as we organized some games and there was a new iPad as a prize!

Something we would have loved to share was a photo of the cake that the patisserie near our office prepared for us. Unfortunately, it was eaten before we had the chance to take a pic!

Many guests stayed until late and at past midnight, it was time for Circlerella our last guests to return home after a fun day where we learned a lot about our guests.

As a fun note, one of our users managed to get a fun pic: It’s our CEO Giuseppe D’Antonio as Party Cleaning Manager. This pic might one day go viral… And you saw it first on our blog 😉 Oh boy!

We do hope you’ll join us in future meetups. Stay tuned on our Twitter account or Facebook page!

The first ever CircleMe meetup!

Hi Circlers,

Yesterday we hosted the first ever CircleMe meetup in London and we have to say that it was a great success and that we’re very excited to have met many of our users!

The event took place in Old Street, the “Silicon Roundabout” in London. We met in “Meter”, a new bar just outside the station.

We were meeting at 6PM, and soon enough, some users started to arrive and we started to talk about CircleMe and much more! Soon, there were many of us and we were having a great time.

We gave some cool CircleMe T-shirts to those users who joined us : – )

It was a great occasion for the CircleMe team to get some sincere feedback (we all know drinks foster sincerity 😉 ) and get to hear what works for our users, what doesn’t, and what they would like to see in CircleMe in the future. Certainly, we got a big list with feedback and suggestions to improve both the web version and the mobile app. We’re always on the hunt for new suggestions and feedback, so do not hesitate to share your feedback here or on Facebook or Twitter.

First CircleMe meetup in London. We’re terribly sorry we couldn’t get in the picture to those who left early/arrived late : – (

We continued to have a great time and some 5 hours later, we were still chatting and some even dancing and having a great time.

Some CircleMe users just could’t stop havin fun!

Funnily enough, our launch party coincided with the launch party of another cool service: lightbox. We got talking and sharing ideas : )

Sarp Centel from Lightbox and Giuseppe D’Antonio from CircleMe share some feedback

Overall, this first CircleMe meetup was a great success and we just can’t wait to organize new ones in the near future to get feedback from our users, and not only from the UK! For starters, you can count with a CircleMe users meetup in Milan, Italy, and more should come after that! Stay tuned on our Facebook page and Twitter!