Sebastian Maraloiu

I enjoyed the caring and friendly environment at YLC


After working at an online startup that went from great to bust in just a few months I was looking for other ideas that I could set on the path of success.

So, in the summer of 2014 the idea to build an app for teenage crushes popped into my mind. It was a concept emerging from my high school dramas.

My co-founder Manuel loved the idea. We started talking to teenagers worldwide to see if they still have problems in telling their crushes what they felt. It was an initial validation we knew we had to make.

The answers we got were overwhelmingly positive and we started designing and coding an initial version of the app, a Minimum Viable Product (MVP). We decided to name the app Blushr (www.blushr.co).

You know, because it would make teenagers blush.

By November 2013 HowToWeb described our program as the top early-stage startups, so it seemed as good a time as any to apply to accelerators. At the beginning of 2014 we got the news: we were accepted in the Sirius Program receiving $65 000 in funding as well as a place in UK based Spark Accelerator.

In April we moved to UK, Glasgow. Things were getting serious. We’ve met a lot of startups working hard to get to the next step shadowed by mentors and investors.  We’ve also made the transition from an MVP to a more complex product having pivoted several times.

Results started to show: in the last 6 months we went from 1 000 to over 36 000 downloads without spending a $ on acquiring users and having over 3 million key actions within the app (crushes & skips). We also got a lot of attention from the Romanian and international media as well as pitching at several prestigious international competitions such as The Startup Nations Summit in Seoul, South Korea.

It was one hell of a journey, but the best is yet to come.

Sebastian Maraloiu