OneUpMe.com is an online congregation and collaborative outlet for creative contemplation. We are a community of the clever and competitive and a contest platform for collective conversation. We also enjoy alliteration and other wordplay.
While filming a movie in 2006, actor Jesse Eisenberg had an idea for a simple wordplay game where people could respond to a daily prompt in an attempt to "one-up" each other in the cleverness of their response. But alas, as he knew little about the Internet, he turned to his first cousin, Eric, for help. The original site launched in early 2007 and ran until mid-2008 when Eric closed it to go work at Apple.
But when Eric started working at Facebook at the beginning of 2010, he realized the site could be so much more meaningful than that of a single word game and anonymous users. So he redesigned and relaunched the site, using Facebook as its only sign-up process and coinciding with the release of The Social Network, in which Jesse starred.
The new site saw much more success than its previous version, as people from around the world came to play the games and meet one another, resulting in deep new friendships and many "1UpMeets".
Towards the end of 2011, Eric then shifted focus to build a much grander, generalized social platform that could power OneUpMe and other niche communities. A year later, he found Ayan to help. Whereas Eric, a designer, came from the world of social networks, Ayan, a developer, came from the world of social games. The partnership made sense.
OneUpMe.com is now owned by Voxle, Inc., the company founded by both Eric and Ayan in 2012, and is built with their proprietary social platform, Foundation™. For more information on that, read our manifesto.
Founder / Product + Design
Eric defines the product vision and user experience, having previously worked at Facebook, Google and Apple in addition to building a number of his own web projects, including the first few versions of OneUpMe and Foundation™. He wrote the social design guidelines, gives talks and devises more theories explained on his personal website.
Engineering + Platform
Ayan leads the engineering behind OneUpMe and the Foundation™ platform. With experience from the world of social games, having previously worked at Funzio (acquired by GREE), he is a full stack developer, a computer graphics major and formerly a consultant for Google, Adobe, ExxonMobil, HP, and other top corporations.
Interested in Joining? We're looking for passionate people to help us expand. If you like communities, social design, social games, want to help people find new friends on the Internet and have a background in engineering or design, let us know! (don't be shy).