Meet the new business: Frobl

Michael Draper Brook Noll Draper
Michael Draper, innovator of web application Frobl enjoys a moment of success with his wife, Brook Noll Draper at the Walnut Cafe during the roll out of their new Internet innovation.(Photo by Emily Hill)

Name of business: Frobl

Products and/or services: Company founder and Perrinville resident Michael Draper created the web app Frobl with the aim of using technology to bring people closer together in real life; to foster in-person connections between consumers, their friends, and local businesses. Draper was joined in his efforts last February by Luke Shamp, his new business partner.

How long in business: Launched last week

Unique or interesting features: According to Shamp, “Frobl has reengineered the way connecting your favorite businesses and advertising is done. By implementing a location-based system using virtual pads (Frobl pads) that give real-time information on a specific location, bringing real-world relevance to the Internet.”

There are currently six categories of Frobl pads: Say you’ve made plans to meet friends someplace in 5 Corners – but where that’s open on a Sunday and not too crowded – use chit-chat. The other categories of Frobl pads include local business, properties (for rental and homes for sale searches), community, autos, and deals (maybe you just happened upon a hot sale – let your Frobl mates know!)

Draper goes on to explain the capabilities of Frobl, “Froblers can search for Frobl pads using the apps uniquely designed user interface. One can choose to see pads within a block of where they are (a ‘hop’), or within a few miles (a ‘leap,’).”

Who would use the Frobl app? Draper suggests that local business owners interested in reaching customers and patrons who, in-the-moment, are in the vicinity of their business; and consumers who are seeking out direct connection with the added ability to rate a business, chat it up, or gather their pals if a particular meeting place doesn’t pan out and fresh considerations need to be made.

Participation in Frobl is offered complimentary for non-commercial Frobl pads with a life of up to 8 hours if you only want to access ‘what’s happening’ information for a day trek. Users who want to send and/or access chats, deals and business information for a longer duration, can extend the life of their Frobl pad for up to one year using points.

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