Goodbye 🐳 Swelly

We launched Swelly in August 2016 to help people make better decisions.
And today it's time to announce the hardest decision of our life so far:

Swelly is shutting down on May 22nd 2021.

Statement - CEO Pete:
The little whale was inspired by the 🌊 waves of Venice Beach and became famous on Facebook Messenger and the big stage of Facebook's F8 conference in 2017.

It's crazy to end a journey after such a long time. Especially one that took us from Vienna to Los Angeles and all the way back.

I want to say thank you to every single one of our 10 Million users.
The biggest decision-making community on the internet is ending today.
Thank you to my friends Philipp & Manfred who have been building with me for the last 6 years.

Thank you to every single one of our team members, from interns to freelancers to employees and influencers we partnered with.

A special thank you to all of our investors - you trusted in a bunch of 20-something year olds who had no idea what they were doing and how difficult this would be.

I want to thank some communities in particular who supported us:
Austrian Startups, Chatbot Community, the Kin Community, Europeans in LA, Expert Dojo in Santa Monica, and everyone in and around Lemmings.

You've probably noticed that it's been quiet around Swelly over the past couple of months. There is a reason for that.

Phil, Fred, and I have been fighting to give this story a happy ending.
We had to make countless hard decisions including giving up our dream home in LA, letting go of our amazing team, and focusing on creating returns for everyone involved.
And the most difficult one: Shutting down Swelly.

Today I am
A: 😢 sad to say goodbye to 🐳 Swelly.
B: 🔥 proud to announce that we paid out our investors earlier this year and every shareholder made a swell deal. 🚀

Life's still Swell.

What's Swelly?

Swelly is a polling chatbot that enables you to share your opinion with a worldwide community and get feedback on your own questions within seconds. Try it out!

  • Food
  • Tech
  • Fashion
  • Travel


Fast feedback from friends and a worldwide community.
  • Trying to decide between two options? Get instant community feedback now!
  • Don't just ask friends for honest feedback, ask 10 million Swelly users who are passionate about providing opinions. Make new friends and get the best recommendations!
  • Share your questions or start voting to help friends and heroes make better decisions.

Chat with Swelly on Facebook Messenger, Kik, Telegram, Line and Viber or check out the App in your store.

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Fastest way to actionable insights.
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A global Community with 10 Million users in over 200 countries.

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Ask questions and get instantaneous answers from the community.


Generation Z alone shared 200 million opinions in the last year.


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Who Are We?

About Us

With 🐳 Swelly, we created the simplest possible solution for decision-making. Within minutes, users are able to get feedback and help others with their daily choices. What started as a photo app, grew into a multi-platform social network that helps 10 million people make better decisions.

Founded in 2016, we moved forward as one of the fastest growing startups in Austria with expertise in community growth, influencer relations, innovative market research solutions, as well as building and marketing chatbots.


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    Peter Buchroithner
    Co-Founder, CEO
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    Manfred Strasser
    Co-Founder, COO
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    Philipp Holly
    Co-Founder, CTO

Want to work with us?

We are always looking for talent.

Located in Vienna, Austria and Los Angeles, California we provide inspiring work places for motivated individuals. Interested in joining our team? Let's make Swell decisions together.

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Funded by the program "AT:net" from the FFG


Funded by the program "AT:net" from the Federal Ministry Republic of Austria for Digital and Economic Affairs

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