Winter 2013 – Present
"The concept behind WeShelter is simple: Every time you walk past someone living on the street, you tap a button, and that triggers a corporate sponsor to give a donation to a local homeless service organization."
– Fast Company
While my friend Ilya Lyashevsky and I were working at a startup called Broadcastr, we often had lunch. The concept for WeShelter came out of our desire to try to do something when we saw someone that was homeless. We actually didn't know the right thing to do, so we did our homework. We partnered with local homeless services groups, built an app to crowdfund small donations but it failed. Then we switched to a sponsorship model in 2015 – we asked the smallest bit of users, simply open the app and tap a button – and the behavior began to stick. In January 2016 our team built an app for the NYC Department of Homeless Services for the HOPE Count. We expanded WeShelter to San Francisco in June 2016.[ Visit the Site ]