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Indianapolis Startup: Trensy Makes Doing Good Deeds Fun INTERVIEW

A hot new startup in the vibrant startup community of Indianapolis Indiana is gamifying good deeds. The startup, called Trensy, makes it easy to earn points for just about any kind of good deed.

Good deeds ranging from volunteering, to much easier tasks like taking the bus or using a reusable grocery bag at the grocery store can help you earn points on Trensy’s good deed platform.

The platform ties into your Facebook account for 0-auth verification and then a way to share your good deeds socially and invite others to participate as well. One of the cool parts about Trensy is when you sign up and look at the available good deeds, you’ll probably find that you’re doing some to these things already. (if not most of them).

The two founders that met at IU (Alma Mater of Mark Cuban and Nick Tippmann) didn’t set out to do a startup together. They first became roommates and friends, and then went off into the real world. When they realized they wanted to start something, and something good for the community, they naturally turned to each other as co-founders.

Trensy co-founder Kyle Robbins told us:

“After graduating, we both moved to Indianapolis to begin careers and worked independently for several year before connecting on trensy. Bryan worked on the service side of an educational software company and I worked as a developer.  The decision to venture together on this journey all came down to the trust and confidence they had in each other. Fate got us together to work on changing the world”

Trensy is available for both iOS and Android. The good deed app platform can be a lot of fun especially when you challenge yourself or friends to get more points.

Here’s our full interview with Kyle Robbins below.



What is Trensy?
Trensy is about getting people more involved in their community by making it fun and competitive. Using smartphone and web applications, users find ways to get involved and rewarded by connecting with their favorite groups on the platform. Check in actions, earn points and awards, compete with  friends, and engage with causes. All in an effort to make the world a better place.
Who are the founders and what are their backgrounds?
Trensy was founded by Bryan Naas and Kyle Robbins.  Bryan and Kyle met at IU and became roommates with no plans to start a business together.  After graduating, they both moved to Indianapolis to begin careers and worked independently for several year before connecting on trensy. Bryan worked on the service side of an educational software company and Kyle as a developer.  The decision to venture together on this journey all came down to the trust and confidence they had in each other. Fate got us together to work on changing the world.
Where are you based?
Trensy is based in the very vibrant startup community of Indianapolis. Networking groups like Verge and partners like DeveloperTown are leading the way to connect the brightest minds in the city and grow local businesses.
How did you come up with the idea?
It all started with the question of why more people weren’t invested in making their community a better place.  Seeing people  on a daily basis put recyclables in a landfill or ignore an opportunity to get involved. Being tech lovers, they thought about how technology could play a roll to change this, to encourage people to get more involved. The answer was tapping into the device everyone has with them, their smartphone, to connect people and motivate them to do more.
What is the problem that Trensy solves?
The world is full of good people who aren’t as involved in the things they care about as they might like. Trensy provides a platform for groups to motivate and reward their supporters for getting more involved in their cause.  From a charity looking for more volunteers to a sports team looking for more fan engagement, trensy provides an easy and fun way to make this happen.
What is your secret sauce?
Our secret sauce is in the competition.  We are naturally competitive beings and what better way to prime this need than to get more involved in the community and be a better person. Using game mechanics & a familiar competitive structure, trensy is this platform to motivate and energize users and help organizations connect with the people who care about their causes.
Why would a user want to use Trensy?
Who doesn’t love competing with friends to help out our favorite groups.  It feels good to be involved! Plus,  trensy gives them the opportunity to be incented with rewards from their groups.  It is really a win win!
What’s next for Trensy?
Trensy in growth mode and working with partners to perfect the platform.  Through these strategic industry partnerships trensy will continue to grow the platform and user-base in and outside of Indianapolis.

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Find out more about Trensy here at trensy.com

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