The original idea for Neibr struck founder Michael Murdock when he moved to New York City in 2006. He was new to the city without any family or friends and, as he was shooting hoops on an empty basketball court in Hell's Kitchen one Spring day, he kept asking himself, "Why is there not a website that easily connects newcomers to a city with others looking to make new friends? Out of 20 million people in NYC, there has to be at least one other person wishing they were out playing basketball right now!"
That was in 2006. There was no iPhone. There were no mobile apps. So the idea remained dormant until 2014 when a friend of Michael awoke the original idea and Neibr was born.
From 2014 to 2019, Neibr's evolution has been a continuous journey of growth hacking to develop a mobile app that is fun, clean, safe, and easy to use. Building a simple UI to endlessly swipe profiles is easy; building a fully functional social utility to help users manage all aspects of their social life takes time.
While many friends and talented collaborators have helped Michael in his journey to finish Neibr; his talented Full-Stack Developer Kimson Wong has been instrumental in living the growth hacking mindset and having the patience and expertise to release 52 versions of Neibr from late 2016 to mid-2019 (Neibr's iOS app is currently on version 4.3!).
Michael & Son ~ 2015 in Cebu City
Why have Michael and Kimson continued so long down this journey? Because in our modern world of instant connectivity, people have never felt more lonely. Millennials are the loneliest generation in modern history. Senior citizens are literally dying from loneliness. London is so worried about this epidemic they started a government agency to tackle it. Humans need friends. Neibr is here to help.
Neibr's mission statement: connect people in the real-world via local networking, social clubs, and free activities, all organized through a fun and easy-to-use mobile app.