PHEW! These last few weeks have been a whirlwind of progress at the Buddytruk offices in Santa Monica. It might be getting closer to beach weather out here in Los Angeles, but we’ve been getting our caffeine fix and spending our time indoors perfecting the world’s first iPhone and Android app for on-demand moving and hauling. There’s a couple items of Buddytruk news that we are extremely happy to announce! … and no, it’s not that COO Russell Tuchman has a new haircut again.
First on the agenda – the Buddytruk team is proud to announce that Tim Kolenut has been named our new Creative Director. Tim will be joining the creative team alongside Brand Manager Chrisy Alcaraz and me, Adam, the best (and only) Buddytruk Social Media Manager. Tim is a film graduate from Tufts University, he’s an “eh” guitar player, and you might recognize him from this exceptional Buddytruk Youtube video that he created for us not too long ago. Tim brings years of experience in the multimedia industry and will be a key member in spreading the word on all things Buddytruk.
Also joining the Buddytruk team is Ryan Salmons, who has been named our Chief Technical Officer. Ryan is an alum of the University of Texas at Austin, speaks Internet languages that I’ve never heard of, and brings technical skill that will make your Buddytruk Social Hauling experience precise and seamless. Although Ryan has publicly denounced the Los Angeles Dodgers, we are excited to have a developer of his caliber on board.
With the Buddytruk team moving from four members to six, we will also be announcing that we will be moving offices! … to a larger office right down the hall! With the free mints and coffee, we just can’t leave ROC Santa Monica.
The Alpha Stages
Although Ryan might be a new member with Buddytruk, that doesn’t mean we haven’t been keeping him extremely busy. Ryan already has plenty of work on his plate leading the charge with the iOS app development, eliminating the pesky bugs and making the whole Social Hauling process as simple as possible.
We don’t want to announce too much in the way of all the goodies going into the app, but we can publicly announce that the iPhone app is currently in the testing and development phase. We truly cannot wait to bring it to your iPhone (and Android shortly thereafter) soon!
Most importantly, Chrisy is in dire need of the Buddytruk services as soon as possible – she’s moving closer to the office and has more boxes of shoes than she knows what to do with.
Back to School
With educational backgrounds from Pepperdine, UCLA, UCSB, University of Texas, and Tufts, the Buddytruk team was lucky enough to go to some pretty exceptional schools – which is exactly why we are going back!
After announcing our $1,000 Buddytruk Scholarship for UCLA students, we have been (and will be) spending plenty of time at UCLA (we brought Diddy Riese!) and other college campuses in Southern California. That means we’re coming for you too, CSUN, USC, and SMC!
We didn’t want to leave Northern California out of the fold, so we also spent some time talking to students about Buddytruk at Stanford over the weekend.
“Stanford was a great place to visit, but we’re planning to visit a lot more campuses this year,” said Brian Foley, CEO of Buddytruk. “The Buddytruk app was made by college students, for college students, and our goal at Buddytruk is to give back to the place that gave us so much.”
All in all, it’s been a lot of fun at the Buddytruk offices recently with the amount of progress we have made. The fun thing about being a startup, like Buddytruk, is that we reap what we sow – we can see all of our hard work translate into progress. Now we can’t wait to see that progress help you make your next move or haul right from your smart phone!