Foodspotting began in 2009 when cofounders Alexa Andrzejewski (Adaptive Path), Ted Grubb (Get Satisfaction) and Soraya Darabi (New York Times) realized that while there were many restaurant review apps, there was no easy way to find or rate specific dishes. They set out to create a new kind of local guide.
Foodspotting helps you decide what to eat, not just where, by enabling you to find whatever you’re craving, see what’s good at a particular restaurant and discover the best foods around you wherever you go.
Over the past year, the startup has passed 550,000 iPhone app users, collected 275,000 dish recommendations, and gathered over 300,000 monthly visitors. Last July, Foodspotting raised $750,000 from early stage funders, and this week the startup announced that it has raised $3 million in Series A funding.
Foodspotting’s funding round was led by BlueRun Ventures, an early stage venture capital firm focused on mobile and IP-related startups.
How Foodspotters works
Foodspotters share where to find their favorite foods using photos enabling Foodseekers to find whatever they’re craving, see what’s good at a particular restaurant and discover new foods wherever they go.
As a foodseeker, you can…
* Explore your city or neighborhood to see the nearest, latest and best foods around you.
* Look up a restaurant and see what’s good there.
* Find a particular dish that you’re craving.
* Bookmark foods you want to try by clicking (“Want it!”)
* Vote up foods you’ve tried and loved (“Nom it!”).
* Access guides from experts like the Travel Channel to see the nearest recommendations to you.
* Follow people and guides that you trust, and places and foods that you love.
Available on the iPhone