At Float, we believe that the importance of travel is not in the destination, but in the journey.
We recently came across an article from Quartz that resonated with us. Its central theme revolved around the success of the online Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy. Its creators have found a system to makes it the only publication that is authoritative, comprehensive and up-to-date all at the same time.
The article spoke to something we’re striving to achieve at Float. We are building a platform that lets you experience New York City through a series of short stories. We want you to discover and rediscover the places you live in and travel to and give you a new perspective on them.
We have our own trifecta in mind to find the perfect balance of high quality content and stories.
Our product must:
Concise and precise
Relevant and meaningful
Change the way you see the world around you
When we achieve these three objectives, we float ;).
Unlike Stanford's contributors, ours are not only PhDs, but librarians, authors, historians, artists, guides and, of course, passionate enthusiasts. We like that each Float story breaths with the storyteller's voice, while adding to the reader's experience.
Crowdsourcing content is messy—anyone who has ever looked through a comment section or tried out a crowd sourced app like Findery will surely agree. A completely crowdsourced version of our work would be a jumble of uncited information and facts, instead of a woven together narrative that has authority and a unique point of view.
We’re looking to create and document with perspective and depth instead of distribute noise.
A New Information Age
In the Quartz article, author Nikhil Sonnad argues for more places on the Internet to work like the Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy. We agree.
We need more places for thoughtful, curated content in a world where Twitter and news sites create a constant, noise of information. Our goal is to deliver high quality content directly into your palm, so you don’t have to go digging it.
The Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy believes that history can be a powerful tool in our everyday lives. It states that history, “invokes notions of human agency, change, the role of material circumstances in human affairs, and the putative meaning of historical events.”We couldn't agree more!
That history of a place or person is what we’re so passionate about. Uncovering these artifacts can transport us to a different time and place and help us understand and appreciate what is in front of us. And the beauty is all you need to do is float.