How’s this for the Philly tech scene at work?
A new Philly startup called Props was born at an RJMetrics internal hackathon, backed by an RJMetrics cofounder and has signed a handful of paying customers — all local: Zonoff, Guru and RJMetrics itself. Cofounder Adam Kearney even moved back to Philadelphia from New York to launch the startup.
“From day one, I tapped my network to get feedback, from what to build to what should change,” the 27-year-old Kearney wrote in an email.
Props is an attempt to turn the office TV, which RJMetrics CEO Robert Moore called “a wasteland,” into something that people actually use and like. Employees can use it to broadcast announcements or cat GIFs, as one does. It integrates with Slack and other business tools like GitHub and Salesforce. We saw Props in action during Philly Tech Week 2016 presented by Comcast’s Startup Crawl last night at RJMetrics.
Watch the demo below.
Props, Moore wrote, “is everything I’ve ever wanted for my office TVs.” Moore invested an undisclosed amount in the company.
Props began as a project called Ballerboard and was developed over the course of three internal hackathons. RJMetrics gave the code to Kearney and his cofounder, CTO Justin Furniss, in exchange for an undisclosed amount of equity, a move that Moore said was a “no-brainer.”
“We had built this proof-of-concept that we thought had big potential, but it just wasn’t core to our company mission and needed too much work to responsibly pursue on our own,” Moore wrote in an email. “I’d been working with closely Adam through Philly Startup Leaders University and I’d been trying to hire Justin for years, and since both were committed to building a startup, the timing just worked out perfectly.”
The Props team has been working out of its customers offices.
“One company had a tough day and Props was filled with pictures of their past to cheer everyone up,” Kearney wrote. “It’s really cool to witness.”
Other Philly startups that are using the product include DramaFever, Wizehive, Zoomer and SnipSnap, Kearney said.
Here’s another connection between the Props and RJMetrics team: Furniss’ mom was Moore’s teacher in middle school.
“I hoped to get some dirt on Bob but he has always been teacher’s favorite,” Kearney wrote.-30-
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