We want to get you off the Internet. We believe that it's necessary because we're stronger and better when we're together.

the problem

The Loneliness Epidemic

46% of U.S. adults report feeling lonely on a regular basis. Loneliness can be as damaging to health as smoking 15 cigarettes per day. That's because it brings along a whole slew of health issues from stress and to depression and anxiety.

Social media has not connected – it's divided us.

We spend the majority of our "social" time in passive scroll mode on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and Snapchat. We spend less time socializing with people than ever before.

The places we live and work have isolated us.

Heavy urbanization has given rise to high-rise apartments and massive companies. The people around us have become strangers, not our neighbors and co-workers.

Hojung Kim
Eric Duong
Tarun Thummala
History Timeline
January 2, 2018
gathr started as Homecooked

Homecooked was building a social dining app for small communal meals at peoples' homes. Our target problem was the same – loneliness.

May 23, 2019
We ran 63 meals in New Haven, CT

The small group size, the home environment, and the warmth around the table. We knew that these things were core to the experience, but were having trouble growing because meals needed to be hyper localized.

July 2, 2019
We discovered loneliness in high-rises

We realized that the Homecooked concept could apply to high-rise apartments, and also much more broadly than just small group meals. Residents were asking us to build a general social events app so they could meet their neighbors.

July 11, 2019
gathr, a social events app, is born

We call it "actually social media." Our goal is to build a tool that helps people connect in-person, face-to-face. We're think we can solve loneliness.