Banter provides people with the tools they need to have fruitful face-to-face interactions with members of their community. It leverages geolocation to alert users when there are people around them who have interests or languages in common with them, and then helps users initiate text and face-to-face chat with the people that they would like to get to know. Banter helps people improve and expand their social networks within defined communities, such as those of universities and large businesses. We believe that people possess an intrinsic desire to reach out and connect with those that share their passions, and we therefore aspire to be a mobile platform for supporting people in taking the bold step of initiating authentic interactions with one another.

At the core of our company is the idea that there are some things that are simply better done through face-to-face interaction than over the internet. There are many social platforms that connect people over time and space, but t...
Banter provides people with the tools they need to have fruitful face-to-face interactions with members of their community. It leverages geolocation to alert users when there are people around them who have interests or languages in common with them, and then helps users initiate text and face-to-face chat with the people that they would like to get to know. Banter helps people improve and expand their social networks within defined communities, such as those of universities and large businesses. We believe that people possess an intrinsic desire to reach out and connect with those that share their passions, and we therefore aspire to be a mobile platform for supporting people in taking the bold step of initiating authentic interactions with one another.

At the core of our company is the idea that there are some things that are simply better done through face-to-face interaction than over the internet. There are many social platforms that connect people over time and space, but they tend to lead to relatively static and impersonal relationships with established friends. Banter turns the bus ride to school into a time where you can connect with someone doing research akin to your own, interested in a band that you heard last week, or who also hails from your hometown. We do this not only by making users aware of their similar interests and proximity, but by presenting this information in an ecosystem in which reaching out to others is praised as positive. We support interaction between users by providing tips about how to initiate conversations, and reminding users of the things they share in common.

Banter's beach head market, university students, offers us the opportunity to connect technology-adept peers within a defined community. The multicultural mission at the heart of Banter leads us to enter this market as a tool for supporting international students in engaging within their campus communities. We have patented a range of features that bridge the social media and language learning divide, allowing users to reflect on the language that they have used in diverse dialogue with others. Universities share our goal of encouraging international student engagement, and like the way that Banter helps students practice foreign language and organize intercultural events. Banter helps American students prepare for positions in an increasingly globalized workforce; helping them develop in-demand foreign language skills and intercultural competencies.
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Michael Martin
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Michael Martin Passionate entrepreneur dedicated to building companies with social purpose
Oliver Sun
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Oliver Sun UX / UI Designer
Yaobin Wen
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Sébastien Dubreil
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Sébastien Dubreil
Daniel McNamara
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Daniel McNamara