Think about it: How often do you share information about your location with friends, family or colleagues each day? Where are you? When will you be home? I'm running 15 minutes late for the meeting. Let's meet at the restaurant at 6 p.m. With Glympse, you no longer need to make a phone call or send a text to communicate common location-based information. Designed to keep up with an increasingly mobile lifestyle, Glympse visually answers the question of "Where are you?" with a dynamic map that updates your whereabouts in real-time.
You can now "glympse" anyone in your contact list and share your location as easily as sending a text message, but a lot more fun. Recipients know exactly where you are, when and for as long as you want them to. In short, Glympse is simple, safe location sharing — in an instant.
How Glympse Works
Glympse is a mobile service that allows GPS-enabled mobile phone users to share their location via a Web-based map for a pre-set period of time with anyone they choose. With Glympse, you are in complete control – you choose WHO you want to see your location, WHEN and for HOW LONG.
Unlike other location-based services that require users to log in and build a friend network before use, Glympse can be used within seconds of downloading to a GPS-enabled smartphone device. There's no need to create an account to use the service, eliminating login and password hassles. Once downloaded, you can "glympse" anyone you choose by simply selecting a contact or contacts, choose the duration you want your location to be available to the recipient, and then hit send. Only Glympse uses patent-pending, time-based GlympseWatch℠ technology that allows users to set a timer for how long their location may be shared, from minutes or up to four hours. A sender has the ability to "pause" or "cancel" a Glympse at any time or choose to extend an existing Glympse. The "auto shut off" security feature addresses the concern that users can easily forget to turn off location-sharing mode and unintentionally broadcast their whereabouts at inappropriate times.
On the receiving end, anyone with an Internet-enable mobile device or email access can receive a Glympse and view your whereabouts turn-by-turn, in full interactive fidelity. The recipient receives an SMS or email message with a unique URL that can be clicked to open browser with a map, pinpointing the sender's precise location.
While Glympse users are given the option of adding a photo and nickname or an optional message to appear on the map with their location, it is not a requirement to use the service. At Glympse, consumer privacy and safety are paramount. With Glympse, you do not need to join a new social network or go through a cumbersome set-up process that requires you to find people with the same phone and service then seek permission to share location with each other. The sender is the only one who decides when they will share their location and with whom and for how long. Once the GlympseWatch expires, or "times out," that's it. The only way a recipient can see your location again is if you send another Glympse. You can also "pause" or "cancel" a Glympse at any time or choose to extend it for up to another four hours.
Ready to get started? Visit our "Get Glympse" page to find out which phones are available for download today and sign up for notification when Glympse is available on your smartphone.
Who We Are
Glympse was founded in 2008 by some guys who spent 15 years working together in various capacities at Microsoft. We set aside the security of the paychecks and benefits (like free sodas) that come with employment at a big multi-national corporation to create something we all believe passionately in – Glympse. We saw the emerging technical and social trends and saw a unique opportunity in time to create a new class of location sharing that visually answers the question "where are you?" for people who matter, when it matters.
Bryan Trussel, Co-founder and CEO
Bryan is the face of the operation, working to make Glympse part of our daily lives and make sure the product's ease and simplicity coincides with its commitment to safety and security. Bryan spent 16 years leading teams at Microsoft, working on a range of products from Windows to Interactive TV and embedded systems to casual games, including creating and launching several V1.O products, like MessengerGames, Windows CE and Xbox Live Arcade. He has a bachelor's in Computer Science from the University of Utah and an MBA from Kellogg at Northwestern. He currently resides in Redmond, Wash. with his wife, four daughters and four-year-old son.
Fave Glympse. Bryan is always a bit behind schedule and will regularly send a Glympse to colleagues and clients prior to meetings so they know exactly when he will arrive. He also has a keen interest in the family uses of Glympse with two newly driving daughters who he likes to know are safe after he hands them the keys. But his all-time favorite is receiving a Glympse, so if you're out and about, send him a Glympse once in a while to bryan [at] glympse [dot] com.
Steve Miller, Chief Architect
Steve is the technology guru, turning whiteboard ideas into tangible reality. Prior to co-founding the company, Steve was a principal developer at Microsoft, working on Windows, Interactive TV, Embedded Systems, and architecting the anti-spam efforts for Microsoft Exchange. Steve received his bachelor's in Computer Science from Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo, and he currently lives in Woodinville, Wash. with his wife and three children.
Fave Glympse. In rare circumstances when Steve stops programming and ventures outdoors, he regularly sends Glympses to friends to coordinate an evening out or meet up at the pub, and he likes to use the ones from Bryan to perfectly time his arrival at meetings.
Pravin joined Menlo Ventures in 2001. He began his career at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory where he designed digital receivers for satellite communications. Later he worked as an engineer for Pacific Communication Sciences, Inc. and as a product manager for ADC Telecommunications in their Wireless Systems Group. Most recently, he evaluated investment opportunities for @Ventures, the venture capital subsidiary of CMGI. Pravin represents Menlo Ventures on the boards of BloomSpot, Carbonite, Credant Technologies, EdgeCast, Lumosity and Sepaton. He is also involved with the firm's investment in Q1 Labs. His prior involvements and board seats include Centrality Communications, acquired by SiRF Technology Holdings, Inc. (SIRF), Like.com, acquired by Google (GOOG) and newScale, acquired by Cisco Systems, Inc. (CSCO). Pravin is a graduate of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (B.S. and M.S. in Electrical Engineering) and the Harvard University Graduate School of Business (M.B.A.).
As a partner at Ignition Partners, Michelle is dedicated to helping entrepreneurs and emerging and future leaders in consumer and digital media software. Michelle cultivates CEOs, entrepreneurs and engineers to foster their talents and help bring their vision to life. She currently sits on 7 for profit and not for profit boards, including Visible Technologies, SEOmoz, Ice.com and Mpire. She previously sat on the board of TrackSimple, which was acquired in 2011 by BlueKai. In addition to her work as a community mentor and VC, she is an active fundraiser and advisor in education. Prior to joining Ignition, Michelle consulted to Microsoft’s Developer Division, worked as an investment banker in mergers and acquisitions at Olympic Capital Partners, and as a management consultant with A.T. Kearney and the China External Trade Development Council (CETRA) in Taiwan. She was named one of the Top 100 Most Influential Women in Technology by the Puget Sound Business Journal, and was a 2008 "40 under 40" Honoree. Michelle was awarded a Masters degree from Harvard University, and holds an undergraduate degree from Columbia University in the City of New York.
In 1997 Tom formed SeaPoint Ventures. Prior to forming SeaPoint Ventures, Tom co-founded and was the first CEO of Metawave Communications Corporation, a manufacturer of cellular infrastructure equipment. Before Metawave, he was the first president and CEO of Innova Corporation, a manufacturer of digital millimeter wave radios. Tom spent the first seventeen years of his career at Raychem Corporation where he held a variety of executive positions in Europe, South America and the U.S. His last position at Raychem was Group Vice President of the Industrial Products Group.
Tom is currently Chairman of the Board of Airspan, Ground Truth and Zumobi, and a board member of Hubspan, Kineto Wireless, Modiv Media, Mojix, Photobucket, and SinglePoint. He is past chairman of Qpass, SNAPin Software, Telecom Transport Management and past board member of Tegic Communications. In addition to his duties at SeaPoint Ventures, Tom serves as a venture partner at Oak Investment Partners, and Covera Ventures and is a strategic advisor to Voyager Capital.
Tom has a Bachelor’s degree in Economics and a BSIE from Columbia University and an MBA from Stanford University.
Greg Tarr is Founding Partner of CrossPacific Capital based in Palo Alto, California and Founding Board Member: AdMobius, Glympse, Moment Zero, Board Member: RX Networks and Seed Investor in Shanghai based Linktone (Nasdaq-IPO- 2004) and Smartpay.
Greg has worked in venture capital for six years most recently at RVP where he wrote the original strategic plan for Rogers Communications new $150m VC Fund and sourced the Payfone investment. Prior to RVP, he launched Globe Telecom's Silicon Valley VC operations, architected Vodafone's China VC Strategy, developed CDP Capital's Greater China VC/PE strategy and was a Senior Advisor to Sumitomo Corporation's Silicon Valley VC fund.
He has unique domain knowledge, C level customer relationships and startup operating experience across adtech, big data, commerce, social, local, mobile, geo and security. Leadership roles include: Networks in Motion (acquired by TCS- $170m)-recruited by Redpoint Ventures. In addition, Greg was recruited by Kleiner Perkins to Advisory Board's of Pelago (acquired by Groupon), Movius and as Kodiak Networks VP Asia/Japan. Past experience includes: Founder/CEO SecureMobile.
In 1997, Reuters ranked Greg a top Asian Tech Research Analyst at Deutsche Bank/DMG Asia covering software, internet and telecom equipment. Previously, he worked at Toyota’s U.S. HQ, MTV/Music Television during startup mode and Disney/ABC's flagship New York radio station.
Greg has lived/worked for 13 years in Japan, Korea, Hong Kong, Taiwan, Singapore, Sweden, Canada and is a native New Yorker. He holds a BA- University of Colorado-Boulder and MBA- Pepperdine University.