VT: Tell us about the app you have created
DB: The app is called Wyd – as in What you Do – and that’s what its all about. Wyd shows you all the big events coming up around your location, and works worldwide. You can subscribe to your interests like #Concerts, #LGBT or #Clubbing, and then you’ll see everything in your city posted with those tags. If you have friends using the app as well, then you can see what events they’ve shared with you and make plans to go with them.
VT: Why did you make it?
DB: I think at some point social networks lost their “social” aspect. If you look at what the big ones like Facebook and Instagram are doing, its not about getting you to go out or be more social. The changes they make are all around getting you to spend more time looking down at your phone. They need this because the more time you spend on their apps, the more time you spend looking at their ads. But what most psychologists are saying is that its now detrimental to your well-being, and making us less social in general. Wyd isn’t like that. Wyd is about showing you all the cool stuff that’s on around you, then – once you have some friends on the app – telling people what you want to go to and seeing if they want to come too.
VT: It heavily features concerts, clubs and festivals. What are some of the best you’ve been to?
DB: It’s hard to pick. I think one of the most amazing I’ve been to was EDC (Electric Daisy Carnival) in Las Vegas. The moment you step out onto the raceway there and take everything in, you get completely blown away by all the lights and sounds in front of you. But musically my tastes are actually pretty varied, one of my favorite concerts recently was even the composer Hans Zimmer.
VT: You describe yourself as a world traveler, what are some highlights of your travels?
DB: There’s so many! Seeing the Northern lights while out on a snow mobile at night in the Arctic was pretty special. I’ve always been fascinated by ancient history, so greatly enjoyed visiting the ruins of Pompeii and climbing to the top of Mt Vesuvius. And I think some of the most amazing landscapes I’ve seen are those of Iceland and New Zealand.
VT: Words you live by?
DB: Never stop growing
Wyd is available on iPhone, and can be downloaded at https://itunes.apple.com/us/