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Technology startups are fleeting and prone to failure, cropping up and disappearing as fast as our screen-addled attention spans. But rarely does one stick out quite like Adoptly, an apparently earnest attempt at making a Tinder-like mobile app for child adoption. The four-person operation, which quietly launched a Kickstarter campaign last weeksays it wants to connect prospective parents with adoptable children.
In a concept video, adults swipe right or left to accept or reject kids looking for a family. But is it the real deal, or a scheme deed to highlight the shallow and tone-deaf stereotype of Silicon Valley?
Adoptly co-founder Alex Nawrocki insists the company is authentic. The art mockups, website, and Kickstarter campaign for Adoptly are so basic and benign as to be suspicious. There is no Adoptly Twitterand Nawrocki and his business partners have no public profiles on social media sites. There is no clear indication the company, if it does exist, has partnered with any adoption organizations, foster care specialists, or state agencies of any sort. The introduction video posted on Kickstarter also veers into satirical territory, using the tackiest staples of the format.
The video then runs through a series of safety reassurances.
The Online dating sites for adopted people could be a hoax, sure. But even if it were real, what would be the difference? Strangely, the only member of the four-person Adoptly team not shown on camera in the Kickstarter video is Nawrocki. He stressed that the app is not deed to replace adoption services, nor is it even supposed to make money. He says Adoptly chose not to seek venture capital funding for that reason.
As for the swiping mechanic, Nawrocki says the app is modeled after how people connect nowadays. I encountered some additional red flags in my conversation and follow-up s with Nawrocki. He said he and the other members featured on Kickstarter met at the SXSW festival in Austin back inand then stayed in touch through a Facebook group. He would not disclose to me the name of the Facebook group. Nawrocki did offer an elaborate backstory for Weber. He said his co-founder studied economics at Tufts University and afterward worked in energy markets consulting out of Houston.
When I asked if I could speak to Weber directly, Nawrocki said he was on his honeymoon and unavailable. So Adoptly and its likely unsuccessful Kickstarter campaign would appear to be one of two things: an elaborate satire not worth further debunking, or a bad idea not worth further exploring. Kickstarter may not feel the need to investigate Adoptly unless it meets its unrealistic fundraising goal. Regardless of who is really behind the company, it illustrates how outlandish startup ideas can seem while still retaining an air of legitimacy.
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