Punchd hatched at Cal Poly San Luis Obispo in 2010, as a simple solution to a complex problem: How do you connect customers to their favorite shops, restaurants and venues?
We wanted a better solution for loyalty cards, so we built it. Reed Morse and Grantland Chew whipped up the first prototype in an Android Development class, a class offered because Google donated a bunch of Android phones to Cal Poly's Computer Science department.
We built a senior project, and later a business, around our idea. And while our team of entrepreneurs has stayed small, our ideas have not. We are excited to announce that Punchd has been acquired by Google! We'll be joining Google's Mountain View teams, just down the street from our offices at 500 Startups, to improve how businesses and customers interact.
We appreciate everyone's support over the past year, and we look forward to sharing our ideas with a larger audience.
July 11, 2011
Press inquiries? We love 'em. Katelin (or a Punchd founder!)
will get back to you asap: firstname.lastname@example.org