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Jeremy Fisher was a management consultant and investment banker for Morgan Stanley, where, he says, “Facebook is blocked. Twitter is blocked. You get a Blackberry instead of an iPhone. You have no idea what’s going on in the world.”Fisher left Morgan Stanley to found Dinevore, a social restaurant recommendation startup, and the financial giant took it upon itself to block his site. He sees it as a vote of confidence.
He said, “It means people at Morgan Stanley were spending too much time on Dinevore.”
Fisher’s been actively working on Dinevore for just over a year. The restaurant tracking and recommendation tool stems directly from his own lifelong love of food and dining.
When we asked him about competitors, he said, “To the extent that people are using Yelp as a discovery service, we compete directly. But our primary use case is for getting restaurant recommendations from friends and for tracking where you’ve eaten.”
A mobile app is due out shortly, pending Apple’s approval.
According to Fisher’s old work contacts, Morgan Stanley has yet to block Yelp.