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YCombinator keeps telling us to “do things that don’t scale,” and since we are building software that helps people spend less time on their phones, we decided to do the least scalable thing possible: take everyone’s phone from them during happy hour.
Of the ~150 guests in attendance at the event, 37 of them opted to go “phone free” for the evening, and left their phones with us.
Here’s how it worked:
Your claim check doubles as a raffle ticket to win one of our three analog prizes: typewriter, coloring book, art book.
In case you need to write down something that comes up while networking like “reminder to follow up with Brian Chesky about buying clearspace for all airbnb employees”
The “no phone” sticker became a badge of honor. We heard reports that throughout the happy hour whenever one “phone free founder” saw another, they would gravitate towards each other. It also served as the perfect natural growth loop to draw more party goers to our phone check.
First and foremost, we wanted to give our batch mates an opportunity to experience something that is increasingly rare, especially with 2-weeks to go until demo day: a night of being unplugged.
Secondly, we wanted to hear all the actual reasons someone wouldn’t give up their phone. As we continue to build software that works to separate the utility of devices from the distracting components we are always gathering data around what are the truly mission critical aspects of the device.
clearspace is an iPhone app that eliminates compulsive phone use and cuts doom scrolling sessions short. We are a part of the current YCombinator W23 batch and help thousands of people a day cut their screen time in half. Check us out in the App Store and let us know what you think!
And if you want us to run a phone check at your event email firstname.lastname@example.org 😆