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The App That Turns Tourists Into Locals

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When Paul Brogna and Pete Stam returned to the University of Syracuse from a semester abroad, back in fall 2008, they noticed they'd had a better time than most of their classmates. That wasn't just because Brogna and Stam, both undergraduate architecture students at the time, had gone to beautiful Barcelona. The key difference, they realized, was that during their stay they'd befriended a bunch of locals who'd showed them the ropes.

"That was the idea moment: there's huge value in knowing a local," says Brogna. "How to connect travelers to these locals was the undertaking."