bthere, the mobile app that encourages people to spend time together offline, and less time behind screens, is now available in the U.S. for iOS and Android.

Along with announcing the launch of its mobile app, bthere has also announced new partnerships with national brands including ASOS, Bumble, FabFitFun, Kendra Scott, Outdoor Voices, and Postmates.

Following a successful private beta with over 100K total users and 20K monthly active users, the bthere mobile app is now open to new users.

bthere enables users to create private “circles” with friends that feature group messaging, location tracking, and battery life management. bthere is the first group location sharing app that rewards users for time spent together offline. Its other key features include:

  • Social: People create circles with groups like friends, family, roommates, or colleagues. In each circle, users participate in group messaging, location tracking, event planning, and contests.
  • Safety: Users rely on each other to stay safe with features in each circle like the SOS button, location tracking, and battery life management.
  • Game: bthere’s proprietary algorithm passively registers when circle members are together and rewards them with coins for time spent together in real life. Users spend their coins in the gift shop on items and discounts from partners.

Founded in 2016, bthere was ideated after CEO and Founder, Ben Johanson, had a loved one who was sexually assaulted on a night out in college. Johanson set out to create a new type of social media platform that would serve as a tool to help people spend less time behind screens and more time together offline. Johanson believes that bthere will help create a safer and healthier culture where people feel more empowered to be there for each other in times of need.