CandidClubs.com is a young social networking community that is scheduled to launch in early September 2008. Headquartered in Palm Beach Gardens, FL., the community site is centered on the nightlife experience and concentrates on offering its socially-active users a fully interactive guide to local events, hotspots, culture and entertainment. In a unique move, CandidClubs.com will also provide DJs, musicians, nightclubs and related venues the technological capability of broadcasting their events in real-time delivery to the community’s growing list of members.
Published in ASP.NET, CandidClubs.com serves as the main official portal for interaction between company staff, the community, venues, DJs and other artists. The “News” areas of the site contains weekly postings from their employees, information about project updates, events, restaurants, bars, clubs and other venues. Users have the ability to create fully customizable profiles, search and interact with thousands of other members, top venues and live events, rate each venue, and share their candid experience via forums, blogs, chats, and multimedia management (video/image/music uploads).
Through the latest in video broadcasting technology, CandidClubs.com doubles as a platform for DJs, musicians, nightclubs and other venues to broadcast their events online to its members in real-time delivery. To date, this feature has yet to be offered by any competitor website catering to nightlife entertainment.
CandidClubs.com, LLC. was founded in 2008 by two college graduate students of Florida Atlantic University, Adam Simon and John Bulgrin. The origin of the name “Candid Clubs” stemmed from an insight they shared as roommates back in college. One night on a whim, while living in an apartment situated above Murphy’s Bar & Grill in Boca, FL., they wired a camcorder to simulcast a live feed of the bar’s patrons lining up outside, directly to their living room T.V. This method, while admittedly low-tech, received rave reviews from their friends as it afforded a clear scope of the happenings below without physically having to leave the house. From that point it became something of a personal crusade to provide this capability to others. Thus the company’s on-line concept was born: an upfront or ‘candid’ look into the nightlife experience from the comfort of home. Initial funding for the company came from the Simon Group LP., and the rest, as they say, is history.
Culture: Presently their managing staff consists of partner/owner’s Adam Simon and John Bulgrin, Mark Tennenhouse, in-house programmer, and Jenifer Gallardy, Web Content Manager. Adam's described CandidClubs.com workplace culture as “simultaneously irreverent and passionately loyal; fiercely self-critical; full of excitement at the company’s achievements, [and] completely devoted to it’s community members,”; Web Content Manager, Jenifer Gallardy, noted that when she walked in for an interview, “Their business model is exciting to begin with but once I saw there was an Xbox 360 running in the corner of the office, I knew this was the place I wanted to work.”