Furman grads take Yik Yak to new level
Two 2013 Furman graduates—Brooks Buffington and Tyler Droll—have raised $10 million from major Silicon Valley investors to fund Yik Yak, a location-based social app that allows users to post messages anonymously to other users in their 1.5 mile radius. The two alums, who created the app at Furman and launched it during the university’s Homecoming weekend in November 2013, recently established the company’s first official headquarters in Atlanta Tech Village. With the $10 million, Droll and Buffington are building a full-time staff that includes a front-end developer, back-end developer, community manager, community development manager, designer, lead digital marketer, director of operations and interns. The Upstate Business Journal recently caught up with the Yik Yak creators.