Robby Stein left his Product Manager role at Google last spring where he worked alongside other innovates like Instagram’s Kevin Systrom.
He has since founded Stamped, a mobile review app for places and things that are written and curated by friends.
“We started the company out of dissatisfaction with ratings and review companies,” says Stein. “We’re trying to discern what a 3.5 star rating from 80 random people really means.” Stamped uses friends, magazines and trusted authorities to create a new form of personalised listings on your iPhone.
It’s been met by rave reviews and was listed as one of the best new apps in the App Store.
Stamped is a 7-person team; four employees were Stein’s colleagues at Google. In addition, Google Ventures invested in Stamped’s Series A round.
In summary, Stein left Google, hired googlers, and got paid by Google to do it. Maybe some day he’ll come full circle and sell Stamped to Google too.
Here’s how Stein pulled it off.
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