Austin is a visionary, plain and simple. He can understand people, what they want, and how they act. And he also has a strong desire to change the world in a positive way. These factors have led him to create Brighten, which is all about lifting others up, unlike most social networks wheere users are constantly self promoting and leaving mean-spirited comments. Austin and Brighten are going places!
I met Austin Kevitch, a Brighten cofounder, about a year ago when I interviewed him. I love that Brighten promotes a positive culture and a fun way to share compliments -- and it’s also run by co-founders who are passionate,business oriented and have a vision of how their anonymous app can stand out among competitors.
Brighten resonates with almost everyone who hears Austin’s story. For example, when I covered Brighten for both Tech Cocktail and The Next Zuck, it was one of the stories that received the most views. Even people who didn’t know Austin found the story about his study abroad trip to South Africa, the death of his friend, and his solution to creating a platform where people could share positive comments heart warming, interesting and an “app that they would download immediately.” I am confident that within a years time, the app will be widely used, but more importantly you will see a product that is positive and bring people together.
Austin is one of the most passionate and motivated young entrepreneurs I have ever met. He constantly searches for ways to help others and always comes up with creative solutions for any challenge he faces. Austin has fantastic leadership and team building skills that will surely lead him to success whatever he pursues.
I have met Matt on several occasions. He is an extremely bright, self-starter. I believe in the market and potential for Brighten to have an impact. I actually suggested they switch from a consumer market to an enterprise solution, and I am hopeful they will heed that idea. I think this application has the ability to be extremely impactful in the office environment. UX/UI design is on point and the founders are scrappy.