Imagine if you could roll all of the best features of Facebook, Yelp, Groupon, Google, Angie’s List, and your local newspaper all into one all-encompassing website. Sounds amazing, right?
As far as I can tell, that’s the idea of Borrowed Sugar, a startup which aims to close the gap between locals by facilitating the spread of local information. The mission of Borrowed Sugar is perhaps best described on the “About” page:
“Technology has made it easy to stay connected with the world. German news is at our fingertips. We buy oranges from Brazil and furniture from Sweden. Our friends across oceans are just a phone call away. Technology has shown us the world. Unfortunately, it hasn’t touched our local lives. It’s hard to find local news. It’s tough to find a good plumber. Telephone poles are covered with flyers, because there’s no better way to reach your neighbors. Something is missing. We bring local to life. We bring you the local Internet – everything from community news and events to lost dogs, new neighbors and local businesses. We make it easy for you to live a more local life.”
—From Borrowed Sugar
Borrowed Sugar will be launching on August 21st, and there will be a number of sections:
Local Calendar & News: Borrowed Sugar will search the web for upcoming events in your neighborhood.
Local Q&A: Post a question or share a tip, whether you’re looking for a good tailor or the best frozen yogurt shop.
Bulletin Board: Lost your dog? Does your band have an upcoming gig? Post your own news here.
Sidewalk Sale: Find deals from your local businesses, often with the proceeds being donated to local schools.
I can’t wait for this site to launch in San Francisco, but here’s the catch: Borrowed Sugar will only be launching in cities with enough locals signed up. So sign up now! Early registration is open through August 15th.
Image from Borrowed Sugar.