New smartphone app lets you buy friends a drink
SEATTLE (WHDH) -- Need evidence your smartphone can do anything? Now there’s a new app you can use to order a drink for a friend from anywhere in the world.
A couple of taps on your phone and you’ll be able to do some high-tech toasting with your friends.
Ryan Halper, co-founder of Gratafy, said the idea blended naturally, like a cocktail.
“Anytime somebody’s wall posting to you it’s kind of fun, but it’s especially fun when you’re getting something,” said Halper.
Halper and his best friend from college found there were so many events on social media without a way to celebrate.
“We felt like that was a real market need that wasn’t being served,” said Halper.
They decided to serve up their own celebration - inventing an app that helps you toast to a friend in real time. It marries social media like Facebook; it shows your friends, birthdays and more.
All you have to do is pick a participating restaurant, pick your poison and make your purchase. Your friend can redeem it instantly.
The app is called “Gratafy” since the idea is instant gratification.
The app includes drinks and food, along with pool games and even comedy show tickets. The company hopes to soon include other experiences, like golf games and hot air balloon rides.
The app launches Wednesday with 40 restaurants in western Washington. A new way to send a drink, raise a glass and a toast.