The Pineapple app is built around the idea of enabling young professionals to connect with others through a visual story-based profile and is now only available for Apple’s iOS operating system.
The professional networking is the brainchild of 22-year-old co-founder and CEO of the developer, David Diamond, who got his start in technology as an intern in product design at Intercom at the age of 15.
After Diamond submitted his CV, Intercom rejected him because of his young age, but after strengthening his CV and building a significant portfolio, he was accepted to work for the company, according to what was reported by TechCrunch.
“I started thinking about how I got the job and how lucky I was,” Diamond said in an interview with the site. Then I wondered if I should create a portfolio, what was the rest of my generation doing? Hence, we have a clear vision to build a professional network for Generation Z. We have seen that other networks do not represent Generation Z as they should. We wanted to create a network that would help the children of Generation Z communicate with each other and gain opportunities. The goal was to give users profiles that truly represent them.”
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In 2020, Diamond founded Pine Apple in partnership with Oliver Cruz with the goal of transforming the professional networks of Generation Z. After beta testing the app with 10,000 users, Pine Apple is now ready for its official public launch.
Diamond says the focus of the Pine Apple app is on profiles, which are designed to help users create deep, meaningful professional connections or connections by allowing them to express themselves visually. The profiles that the app creates are a cross between LinkedIn and Instagram; It displays an introduction to the user, their experience, their projects, and more information in a visual story-like manner.
Pine Apple also features a Communities section, which helps users find people who share the same passion. There are communities for multiple areas, such as venture capital, marketing, design, and others.
Within the communities, there is the Jams section, which consists of chain chats for a 24-hour discussion. Stacks can be used to delve into a specific topic. For example, a founder of a company can initiate a “jab” to answer questions that others may have about the company’s development.
Pine Apple includes an Explore page where users can explore more stacks, people, and communities. The app also has a “For You” page, inspired by TikTok, which is designed to help users stay connected with their connections.
Some may see Payne Apple as “LinkedIn for Generation Z,” but Diamond says: The platform needs to be developed before thinking about competing with LinkedIn. Right now, Pine Apple is focused on helping people connect in different ways than LinkedIn.
and for example; Diamond says some young users might use LinkedIn to find a mentor, but the Pine Apple is where they can connect with their peers, learn new things, and find people for their side projects. Diamond adds, Pine Apple also doesn’t focus on status updates, jobs, or the culture of heavy activity often associated with LinkedIn.
For now, Pine Apple will focus on growth before striving for income. And when it’s ready, it will add paid features, including what Diamond said: The company plans to add subscriptions for content creators, where they will be able to provide paid educational content to users. Additionally, Payne Apple hopes to partner with companies that will be able to hire employees directly from the platform.