Jogabo is like “Foursquare meets Nike+" for soccer.
Our mission at Jogabo is to inspire and empower the world to play soccer, in an exciting and social new way...
Jogabo provides you with insights about you and your friends’ soccer playing activity, your stats and the overall soccer community around you.
It makes soccer an entirely new social experience, inspiring you to play more and encouraging you to join unique games you would otherwise be unaware of.
We want to make the game more BEAUTIFUL and more SOCIAL, the way we believe it was meant to be and take it even further.
Why should we stay so blind about our playing history? Why should we only depend on a few friends to play? Why should we limit ourselves to certain playing days and times? Why should we feel obliged to join leagues to guarantee ourselves regular playing time?
Whether you record your stats in an organized game in the app or you simply check-in to any game you already play in, Jogabo will let you track all your games and stats.
You no longer have to be a pro-athlete to get your stats. Jogabo lets you track your activity and stats so you can visualize your performance and record all your soccer history. Just like being in the MLS, EPL or in a World Cup.
Log your practices, games with friends, random pickups or even league games you play in. Our main check-in feature makes logging your games and stats quick and easy. Before you know it, you’ll have a complete picture of your soccer playing history.
For the first time you are going to have access to a complete picture of your playing history. Jogabo allows you to analyze that history and discover playing habits you would otherwise never know about.
Use the Jogabo insights out of simple curiosity to discover some fun facts about your game. Or use it to compare your stats against past performances, see your progress and achieve personal goals. Are you on a goal scoring streak? What is the most consecutive weeks you have played in a row? How is your hustle evolving?
A little friendly competition can be just the thing to keep you on your toes and keep you motivated to play. Bring your friends, teammates and other players in on the fun by connecting with them on Jogabo even if they are not playing in the same games or even in the same city. Compare stats, share progress, and cheer each other on.
Soon you’ll be able to set your groups and your leaderboard will keep you all on your toes, so you’ll always know how you stack up, no matter where you play.
Friends will help keep you motivated. Stoke the competition by sending direct messages.
When you're looking for a game, Jogabo shows you personalized game recommendations or players looking to play based on your friends and your playing history.
When traveling, discover the best places to play and immediately take part in the local community. Find the most relevant game for you wherever you are based on your current location.
Everywhere you go there are hundreds or game happening, plenty of which missing players. You are just not aware of them, even when your friends are playing in them. The app will notify you when games around you are missing players or when your friends are playing.
Celebrate your progress and stay motivated by earning Jogabo badges for daily, weekly, even lifetime achievements. When you achieve a new goal, or your activity is extra impressive, we’ll award you with a badge! Score.
Knowing how close you are to reaching your goals gives you the motivation to reach them and aim higher.
To start, pledge now and get the Early Backer Badge on your profile in the App so that everyone knows that Jogabo exist because of you!
The backer badge will be placed near your headshot on your profile and in other places around the app. It is a little bit like the “verified” on Twitter and Facebook.
Early notification (Think Speedy boarding on airplanes)
When a new public game is created, an spot opens up in a game in your area or someone drops out of a game where you are on the waiting list for, you will receive a notification before non premium members.
More detailed stats
You will get to compare your stats back for longer period of times. We will also give you an in depth breakdown analysis of your stats (find out who you play with the most, who you tend to win or lose with, how your stats look like by position or field size...).
Get an early access to all our new features!
We will be rolling out improvements and new features on an ongoing basis. Being a premium member will give you early access to all of those as they come out. You will even be able to give us early feedback and actually shape the future of the app.
So keep an eye out here as we will describe other premium features when we unlock new stretch goals.
Remember back in the days when Facebook was only available to a few Universities? Well while the others will be talking about Jogabo on Facebook and Twitter, you will have it in your hands and you will be taking it out for a spin.
WE WANT YOUR FEEDBACK TO IMPROVE JOGABO
As part of the deal, you will be allowed to invite your friends to the app and really establish yourself as an early adopter.
The app won’t be 100% finished and there will be things that aren’t just like we would like them but that’s part of the excitement. You will actually see things before they are finished and you will be able to influence how the features will work.
There are many charities that use soccer as a tool for social change, but unfortunately many of us soccer players are completely unaware of them and their amazing work. From Africa to right in our own backyards, they are working on preventing the spread of HIV, ending homelessness and many other worthy causes... all via the universal vehicle of soccer.
So for us, making every game count takes on a whole new meaning: what if every soccer player could have a social impact while playing the game they love so much?
That’s why we are making it possible for you to dedicate the games you play and your stats to a cause. We see this as a way for you to become an ambassador for some of these charities and to raise awareness about them to your followers on the App and your friends on social networks.
We are building Jogabo for the entire soccer community. For the casual player looking for a kickaround and in need of motivation, but also the competitive player always looking to play more and to keep track of their progress. Whether you are just a player or the guy that always organizes. Whether you play pickup, casual games with friends or regular league games.
Oh and did we tell you that it will be available worldwide... yeah that’s right! So go ahead and travel the world with your cleats, those games will count too. One game, one love, one community... anywhere you go!
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Oh yeah, keep an eye out here as we will be introducing some pretty exciting stretch goals as we get closer to reaching our initial goal. But first let's make sure we get this project funded so we can develop the solid base of the app.
Mehdi, Jeremy and PG
We are a team of 3 co-founders, amazing interns and countless hardcore supporters, all passionate about soccer, design and technology. You will always find us either playing soccer on the San Francisco fields (or around the world actually), engaging with users, supporting amazing charities and their causes or hard at work building Jogabo at our PARISOMA co-working space.
We have played the game since we were kids, worked in soccer and founded previous soccer startups. We have built websites, mobile apps and even physical products, from a simple bottle opener, a sports team organization app, to part of a space station coupling mechanism. But what we are passionate about is soccer, so we decided to dedicate our lives to making the game more beautiful.
For the past year, we have met players face to face, from the townships of Cape town, the parks of London, the canchas of Madrid, the streets of Buenos Aires, all the way to good old San Francisco. We have already built multiple working prototypes on the web and we just completed an HTML5 version of the app that we use to test and iterate feature ideas. The design of the app is now 95% complete so we are pretty much ready to go.
We have quit our respective jobs and put in all of our personal funds into this project. Our lives have basically revolved around Jogabo since we started. We have been at it all day, every day pretty much. We wouldn’t have done it if we weren’t passionate but we need your help now.
We plan on launching the native apps in January but our backers will able to start using the HTML5 app in Beta at the end of the campaign. Here is what we have left on our plate before then:
- Iphone and Android native app development - We are going to integrate our HTML5 app, on both IOS and Android so you can download it from you phone store and leverage some native features like push notifications, access to your phone camera or contact book.
- Performance improvement of the app - we want it to be snappy and quick because like most people we don't like to wait.
- Full coverage testing to reduce future bugs - this is nerds stuff but we have to get it done so that nothing breaks in the future.
- Broader support for other platforms for the mobile version. Right now it looks pretty good in Safari mobile and most Android browsers but we need to make sure it works on most other browsers like Chrome and Firefox.
- UI/UX Design iterations to improve the user experience. Some of the flows require more user testing to get them just right, and here what we really need is more "real world" testing. These will be small details but it's what makes the difference.
A few months ago we released a video called the Future of Soccer, and you were thousands asking us how you could get involved to help make this happen.
You were players, passionate about the beautiful game. Men and women from all over the world. You were amateurs, ex pros and even international superstars.
That’s why we are starting this Indiegogo campaign. We believe that beyond the app, Jogabo is a movement. So we wanted to make YOU part of this great journey, this adventure to change the way we play the beautiful game.
- When is the app going live?
- What phones will it be available for?
- How much will the app cost?
- Will I be able to access the app from my computer?
- Will this be available in my city?
- It looks like it’s all in English for now. Will it be available in other languages?
- What's the difference between HTML5 and iOS/Android native app?
- What if nobody is playing around me with Jogabo? What if there are no game organized in my city on the App?
- Will I be able to use it even if I play in a league or a club?
- How will the stats thing work?
- What about the goalkeepers and defender?
- Won’t people just cheat and lie about their stats?
- How will you measure “hustle”?
- I couldn't care less about stats. Why would I want to keep track of them?
- Is this only going to be for soccer?
- How do you pronounce Jogabo?
- I love your project, but don’t have much money to pledge, how can I help?
- I don’t really play soccer, why should I fund your campaign?
- What is Indiegogo?
- Who made the music I can hear in all the Jogabo videos?
The official launch of the native iOS and Android App is planned for January. This will be the basic version for our initial goal. That said, our Indiegogo backers will get early access to the HTML5 (mobile web) version as soon as the campaign is over if we reach our initial goal. This won’t have all the features yet but pretty much everything you will need to use it and get the experience.
The money raised from the initial goal on Indiegogo will allow us to build a native App for iOS and Android. But since we are also building a mobile web version, you’ll be able to access it from any devices (windows phone, blackberry...) through your browser and it will feel just like that app, with a few things missing. We are building it with the latest phone capabilities in mind and are really pushing the limits of these technologies so it might not be as snappy on some of the older phones.
You are going to like this one.....absolutely nothing. It’s free! Not that we think it is worth $0 but we believe that access to the core of the app functionality should stay open to all. In the future though, we will add some premium features to the app which will only be available for paying customers.
Kind of… you will be able to interact with the game page, handle your RSVPs and perform some sharing from your computer when opening invitation links via email. It will be a bit like Instagram at the beginning but this is for the short term. We do have plans for a more complete website later on.
Heck yeah. It will be available worldwide, just like Foursquare. You will be able to add your own venues/fields wherever you are in the world.
We are building it in English but it’s ready for multi-language support. All we need is to translate it and make sure it all looks good so Spanish, French and Portuguese will be next up pretty quickly. We actually built an application that will help us crowdsource the translation of the app so if you feel like helping… giddy up!
A native app is an app written to a specific platform like iOS or Android. Native apps have access to all the features exposed by the native APIs, which is typically most of the functionality of the device. It is "Native" because the code you write is essentially written for that platform.
Don’t worry, the whole idea behind the new app is that it can be used even if you are the only one using it in your city. You will be able to track your activity and stats of the games you are already playing in, just like when you Check-in on Foursquare. You can also invite your friends easily so you can banter with them and maybe whoever organizes your games can start setting them up using the app. If you are in this situation, you should be proud. It means you are a pioneer and you will have started the local community in your city.
Yep. Every game! The idea is that it lets you track all your soccer activity so you can look back and discover all sorts of playing habits and stats.
Some stats will need to be entered manually (the number of goals you scored for instance) but we are working hard to make it really easy and fun to do so. Some will be tracked automatically, and some will be tracked as you play but you will have to wait and see to learn more about this last past… Ooooh the secret stretch goals ;)
Jeremy himself is a goalie, so rest assured we didn’t forget about this. There are other stats that are relevant for players in those positions like “WDL ratios”, “Goals for/against” and we are always open to suggestions for more as we keep improving the product (clean sheets?). We have talked about a “Fantasy style” point system as well but one step at a time.
Like any system, it can be gamed. The way we see it is that most people will use it to track their real stats and compete with their friends and most people don’t lie to themselves or their friends. We weren’t going to sacrifice the user experience just to prevent some outliers from cheating but there are some things we will be able to do in the future.
Hush, hush for now... Keep an eye open for the stretch goals!
Fair enough but we think this app might change your mind actually. Friendly competition is a great way to motivate yourself and we will try to make it fun. Once you get your first MVP/MOTM, you will see, it gets a little bit addictive.
Yeah, that’s right... soccer only. We want to make it awesome for one sport not so-so for a bunch of them. There are many other reasons for our choice and we will write a blog post about them soon.
Give it a try!
We surely could use your help to spread the word to your friends and on social networks by sharing the link of the campaign. If you are up for more, we’ve actually put together an ambassador program so you can help throughout the campaign. Check it out here http://bombonera.jogabo.com
Our mission goes beyond soccer. In an era when everything is digital and happens online, we want to bring people together in the real world. We believe that our app can improve the lives of people by making them more social and healthy. We also support and work closely with charities supporting causes such as homelessness, HIV/AIDS, education… We believe that our app will empower players to help raise awareness and funds for such charities through their playing.
Indiegogo is a crowdfunding platform. Here is a simplistic way of explaining it:
We have a cool project that we dedicated time and money to get where we are. We need financial support to complete it. You like our project. You make a pledge to support us. You pick a cool reward in exchange. We finalize our App. We launch it. We send you the reward you chose. We thank you for making it possible (because you are awesome!). You feel part of the adventure and made a difference.