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The creator of BlindTXT .com is trying to find the next big thing in social media.

Joshua Bolin, the creator of BlindTXT.com, has been working on the project for about six months. Bolin wants the company to be able to stay in the area.  SARA CALDWELL/STAFF
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Joshua Bolin, the creator of BlindTXT.com, has been working on the project for about six months. Bolin wants the company to be able to stay in the area.

The Augusta-based Web site uses text messaging to connect users with other people interested in business networking, friendship or dating. Registered users have access to other users’ profiles, listing their location, gender, age, interest (dating, friendship or networking) and phone numbers. If a profile sparks an interest, the user can text that user and start up a conversation.

“You get to make a connection on a human level, instead of on things like looks,” said Joshua Bolin, it’s creator. “There’s still that mystery, though, and that’s what keeps it interesting.”

Bolin has been working on the project for about six months. His brother, Justin Bolin, and his fiancee, Jana Kirkland, have partnered with him. The Web site is a way to spread the word and “make it go viral,” but a BlindTXT smartphone app eventually will be available.

Users’ profiles will be able to show, through GPS technology, exactly where they are. Bolin said he imagines events could sponsor BlindTXT meet-up rooms where users could meet people they have been texting.

With any kind of social media platform there are privacy and safety concerns, but Bolin said everything has been fine so far. If a user encounters any kind of safety concern, the BlindTXT Web site has a phone number that they can call and the problematic user profile will be suspended.

The company has been picked up by Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati, the legal firm that has represented Google and other Silicon Valley companies.

“Our concept is unique enough that they’re taking us on,” Bolin said.

Although he’s excited that a national firm has agreed to represent them, Bolin wants the company to be able to remain in the Augusta area. Most of his investors at this point are from big cities such as New York, but if enough accredited or angel investors in Augusta join in, BlindTXT could stay in Augusta.

“Our primary objective is to keep it in Augusta,” Bolin said. “This could potentially bring a lot of high-tech jobs to the area.”

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Brad Owens 11/12/11 - 06:20 am
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Good luck Josh, Justin and

Good luck Josh, Justin and Jana (JJJ).

Be sure to protect the people on your site, phone numbers and email would be GOLD for spammers and phone banking as i am sure you know.

I hope it works out for you, if you become Billionaires don't forget Augusta...

Brad

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Riverman1 11/12/11 - 06:42 am
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What's an "angel investor"?

What's an "angel investor"?

Can you remember thinking to yourself years ago before all these social media sites popped up in the early days of the internet that something like this would work? I mean like you could start a business or something using the idea? Ha, looks like some did and are billionaires today.

I remember the first site that was so awkward to use where people in Augusta actually posted messages about any subject. Some guy in town had a server and he periodically caught things up. Hilarious to look back at.

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Joshua.Bolin 11/12/11 - 04:33 pm
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@Brad, Thank you for the

@Brad,

Thank you for the encouragement; we are doing all we can by using the latest in technology to make sure that our users are in fact safe. The site has mostly gone viral- including people from 14 different countries just today.

Would love to get your personal feedback- I can be reached: josh at blindtxt.com

Best.

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Joshua.Bolin 11/12/11 - 04:43 pm
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@Riverman- Thank you for your

@Riverman-

Thank you for your comment- the pace of technological advancement and more importantly the societal acceptance has certainly been faster and more wide spread than any of those early adopters could have dreamed.

Our challenge is to out dream the biggest dreamers and to build fun and exciting new products that people will love and enjoy. As to your question of what an angel investor is: this is a person who advances these dreams in the hope of an equity payday at some point down the road. Most all tech companies- have had a backer at some point.

Our proof of concept has come in the form WSGR.com- who has taken an equity position in the company in the same way they helped to nurture Apple, Google and just about every other major tech company worldwide.

Hope this helps- and feedback is always welcome,

Josh.

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