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Truffle helps you share meals suggestions with mates


In case you’re about to eat out and searching to decide on a restaurant, you’ve bought loads of meals and native suggestion apps to select from first. However Tom Limongello, CEO of Truffle, argued that none of these apps actually seize the expertise of word-of-mouth suggestions — of getting that excellent tip from a buddy.

With Truffle, then again, you’ll be able to ship mates a message asking them about (say) their favourite ramen restaurant in Brooklyn, or their favourite Mexican place in San Francisco. Then it’s straightforward for them to reply, as a result of they will simply scroll or search by means of Truffle’s listings. After they discover the fitting one, they will ship it together with their very own feedback.

“We imagine messaging is a extra pure interface for getting suggestions,” Limongello instructed me by way of e mail. He added, “The issue with messaging has been that it’s not set as much as pull in your preferences and allow you to message restaurant listings within the stream, which suggests you’re all the time going again to another app, e mail or spreadsheet. By curating your favorites in Truffle, we make it simpler so that you can pull these locations into your dialog.”

You too can browse your mates’ profiles to see their favorites. And you may deliver up an inventory of spots close by that they’ve really useful or commented on. In case you discover a spot that pursuits you, it can save you it, add it to your favorites or simply hit a button to make reservations.

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You may also discover what’s lacking from Truffle — critiques and rankings. Limongello mentioned that’s very intentional, as a result of critiques lack the important thing piece that you simply get with Truffle messaging.

“Earlier apps depend on strangers who submit so much … or consultants, comparable to cooks,” he mentioned. “Each of these teams get you content material rapidly however they create issues as a result of you’ll be able to’t comply with up with them for context in a dialog such as you would with a buddy.”

Limongello mentioned the corporate will even begin holding its personal occasions, in order that group members can meet in particular person (and possibly you could find new mates to swap suggestions with). And it plans to begin sharing information with eating places, who may host occasions of their very own for loyal clients.

The Truffle app is free, and presently iOS-only.

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