March 14 marked National Potato Chip Day. For many, that means buying and eating every bag of chips you can possibly get your hands on. But for one progressive company who seeks to make the world a happier more connected place, National Potato Chip Day meant giving back in a really positive way, and using technology to do so. The company’s name is SKOUT, and they used their app and millions of users as an excuse to do something wonderful.
SKOUT was founded in 2007 by Christian Wiklund and Niklas Lindstrom and has since grown to become the largest meet and greet app out there. The app does some pretty amazing things. The travel feature, for example, allows users to find and meet each other even as they traipse around the world. It matches SKOUT users who have similar interests and hobbies, and even allows members to send virtual gifts to one another. The goal of the app is to help people connect safely and easily. The company has separate teen and adult versions, with certain features disabled for the teens so parents can feel more secure if their kids are using the app.
SKOUT is in 16 different languages and 180 different countries. In 2015, the company announced that it had reached more than 10 million members. That makes SKOUT number one for this type of service. Based in San Francisco, SCOUT was funded $22 million in venture capital by Andreessen Horowitz and subsequently became its subsidiary in April of 2012.
On March 14, of this year, in celebration of National Potato Chip Day, SKOUT encouraged members to send virtual bags of potato chips to one another, and for every virtual bag sent, SKOUT made a cash donation to the SF-Marin Foodbank until 20,000 meals could be served! SKOUT gave back, right in the community where they live and work. Considering that in that area one in every four people is at risk for hunger, those 20,000 meals are an excellent and practical way to show gratitude and community support. The company says it is happy to be working with the food bank to help end hunger and contribute to a situation where everyone has enough to eat.