Social Networking App 'with Benefits', FinalSip, Launches in Singapore

Take the final sip to score a hot date, rack up bonus points, and exchange them for luxury gifts. With FinalSip, everyone stands to gain.
                                                                                                     Singapore, June 11, 2014 – Singapore-based social networking website last night unveiled its exciting new mobile platform with an exclusive party hosted by Irene Ang at Zafferano. The FinalSip app aims to transform the world of online social networking by incentivising members to connect on- and offline with the promise of material benefits, obtainable through a virtual real-time game.

Designed to cut through hidden agendas and do away with awkward online small talk, FinalSip encourages members to boldly declare their interest in that someone, and pushes them to bring their virtual correspondence to real life – in exchange for points redeemable for material items, including the latest high-end gadgets, dining and spa vouchers and gift vouchers for highly-coveted designer brands like Chanel, Louis Vuitton and Tiffany & Co.

Following the soft launch in January 2014, FinalSip has since garnered over 10,000 registered users, the profiles of who run the gamut of young executives and affluent personalities, locals and expatriates, socialites and partygoers.

“The dating and socializing landscape in Singapore is becoming more and more transactional in that people are dating for materialistic and superficial reasons, no matter how much we deny it,” said Eugene Lu, founder and developer of FinalSip. “With FinalSip, we wanted to create a platform where you can meet new people while doing away with hidden agendas. On FinalSip, everyone is playing ‘The Game’ – there is no pretence.”

How to play FinalSip
Begin by first registering as a member and downloading the FinalSip app. On the app, browse through profiles of members at “The Bar” to find someone you would like to get to know better. Using your drink credits – obtainable by purchase or simply waiting to be allotted at certain intervals – play the game to vie for the chance to access a private chat. The aim of the game is to be the one to get the “final sip” of the bottle – take your chances and hope to be the one to buy the last shot in the bottle before the timer runs out, or (if you’re really interested) splurge on the whole bottle to access to a private chat to fix a meet-up. If the meet-up is successful, both parties “certify” each other and are awarded bonus points, which can then be used to redeem tantalizing luxury items by participating merchants from “The Mall”. Redeemable items range from dining vouchers to the highly coveted designer bags.

At the launch party, guests were invited to play real-life simulations of the FinalSip game, and three lucky winners walked away with lust-worthy prizes – a Chanel 2.55 handbag, Hermes CDC bracelet and an iPhone 5S.  

Membership to FinalSip is free. Beyond access to the FinalSip game, members are also entitled to attractive perks at select participating merchants. The list currently includes Sultans of Shave, Fordham & Grand, FIL, Fabulous Aesthetics and MDS Collections.

FinalSip is helmed by founder Eugene Lu and two directors – highly acclaimed bartender, Vijay Mudaliar, and experienced banker, JJ Bi. The project has received private funding of half a million dollars by an angel investor who has requested for anonymity.

The FinalSip mobile app will soon be available for free download in the iTunes App Store for iOS devices, and the Google Play Store for Android devices.

Coming soon – FinalSip Taiwan
Plans to roll out FinalSip into Taiwan, the second market after Singapore to get the app, are currently underway. Taiwanese columnist and blogger Elsa Tseng has been appointed as FinalSip’s Country Director for Taiwan by Lu in June 2014 and is tasked with the responsibility of setting up operations in Taiwan.

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