We founded InstantLocal in November 2015, choosing Austin as our home base – a city known for its diverse local businesses and “Keeping it Weird”. Our goal is to give local businesses and local consumers a new way to make a real-time and direct connection, free of competing ads, user reviews and sponsored content. We think this is important as everyday whether we are at home or travelling we all want to do stuff, eat or shop somewhere nearby. And unless you know the names of the local businesses it can be hard to even get started. Don’t get us started on out of date search results…
InstantLocal is not about telling you what to do or buy, we are not in the business of curating what we think is right for you. You’re a grown up, you can think for yourself!
We are experienced business owners who have successful created, grown and exited a number of businesses from web hosting to a successful vintage clothing chain. We love technology, and have built businesses in everything from web design and development, e-commerce, online marketing and consulting. Combining our perspectives from both inside and outside technology, allows us to help other businesses adopt and use the Internet to grow.
Vance and Robert first worked together in 2003 on a portal development project. The project involved building a team of 30 to redesign and develop a major government website and services access point. The project involved both developing and implementing content management solutions for a site with more 10,000 pages and redeveloping 14 internet applications. Rob and Vance have both owned and operated their own businesses in web design and development, web hosting, affilate and ecommerce payment management, and data products for the health and construction industries.
Ricky and Vance met in Costa Rica in 2012 and have worked together since.
In 2016 Gabriel Killian joined our team, bringing his experience with Identonfy.com and his background in travel and sustainable development.
Read more about our journey in our blog series called “From the Jungle to Silicon Valley”.