Co-founder, Panos Spyrakis, talks about the social location app.

This week we're hearing about an app, Bethere, that has a seriously altruistic mission statement - to bring people together, especially the more marginalised in society; lonely Londoners and further afield, anyone in the UK.

Bethere soft-launched in university campuses a year ago. The app now has 25,000 members and is enjoying a staggering 23% growth of active users every week. It lets users know in advance when and where other members and groups will be, directly attached to a location, therefore making socialising plans easier around a common theme - think of a map where you can spot your friends' plans today and tomorrow - going out, meeting for coffee, watching a movie etc. Christmas may be over but there's still scope for individuals far and wide to feel incredibly lonely. We've spoken to co-founder, Panos Spyrakis, who gives us the backstory on how Bethere came into being.

I came up with the idea when... I realised how bad it is to miss great moments with friends just because you didn't know.

The biggest challenge is... to keep being inspired and making great things happen everyday with your team.

The average day is spent... in regular daily operations, as well as a few hours brainstorming on the innovation of new ideas.

The team consists of... eight people including me and my sister as the founders.

My favourite quote...' If it ain't broke, don't fix it: Then innovate. Then iterate.'

I am where I am today because of... situations that made me become a do-er!

I am who I am because of... my family.

The best advice I've been given... Don't be afraid to fail because this is how you will succeed.

In five years I’d like to be... running a great company alongside a great team of interesting people.

The thing no one ever tells you about running your own business online... You always have to believe yourself and your own idea, because no one else will conceptualise it the way you do.

Our biggest mistake and what it taught us Outsourcing part of the product's development process to freelancers.

The most rewarding experience we’ve had to date... Having users tell us that it was about time they had a service like this.

January 2016