Flare Empowers Entrepreneurs and Small Businesses to Jumpstart Ideas

Singapore, August 30, 2016 -- GoDaddy Inc. (NYSE: GDDY), the world's largest technology provider dedicated to small businesses, today launched Flare, a first-of-its-kind, community-based app that helps bring business ideas to life. Flare empowers people to share ideas and get guidance from friends, fellow entrepreneurs, and experts in a fun and collaborative way, providing an immediate resource to receive feedback and drive new concepts or ideas forward. Flare is available today in the Apple App Store and Google Play in Singapore.
Upon opening the Flare app, users see new business ideas from the community and can swipe left to "skip," swipe right to "snooze" or tap to learn more and "love" an idea. When an idea has enough "loves," the entrepreneur behind it can pose questions to the idea's followers. Users can become followers of an idea and pledge to be a future customer, which provides valuable insight to entrepreneurs on the potential demand for their products or services.
Flare includes a feature called Top Charts that makes it easier for entrepreneurs to gain supporters for their ideas. Top Charts showcases the top 20 most popular ideas within the Flare community on a given day, giving users who may have missed the idea in its validation stage the opportunity to follow the idea and provide feedback. Flare also enables people to login via both Facebook and LinkedIn, making it easier for users to identify themselves.
“We created Flare because we recognize that whether you’ve just had a fleeting thought and want to explore where you might be able to take it, or you’ve been dreaming of starting your own business, Flare is the first place to go for someone that wants to the take the next step,” said Tina Nguyen, Director of Product Management, and Co-Creator for Flare.

“Singapore sits in the top 10 of the best startup ecosystems in the world[1], with above average marks when it comes to startup experience, funding and market reach. With a business-friendly environment as well as a government that’s highly supportive of the startup ecosystem, Singapore is attracting entrepreneurs from both the APAC region as well as around the world. Flare is where the seeds of ideas go to be nurtured and developed. By growing ideas in a community of potential customers, there will be days when a single thought can flourish with support from the ecosystem and may quickly turn into an up and running business,” said Roger Chen, Vice President of Asia at GoDaddy.

Flare also enables people to give back to the community by becoming advisors. It gives people the opportunity to share their knowledge in a given field or discipline with others seeking advice. By supporting a concept, advisors can play an active role during its developmental journey. Followers can also pledge to be a future customer, providing a valuable signal to the entrepreneur about demand and marketability of his or her new product or service.  
Flare Features:
·         A simple, easy-to-use, elegant interface reminiscent of popular social media feeds
·         Quickly give feedback by swiping left/right to dismiss or be reminded of an idea if it becomes popular
·         Tap on an idea to learn more. Love an idea to follow its progress and shape its direction
·         Entrepreneurs and followers can post comments, questions, and updates to promote more engagement and interaction
·         Spread ideas by easily sharing them via social media
·         Explore ideas that are nearby
·         Quickly poll your followers for directional feedback regarding pricing, desirability, feasibility, among other things
·         See all of your followers, across all ideas, and their expertise
·         Gauge interest of your followers in being future customers via pledging

Flare represents the latest example of GoDaddy’s ongoing commitment to develop innovative technologies and products designed to empower entrepreneurs – whether they’re looking to simply get started with a new idea, get online, or grow a business.

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