When the Chinese Facebook meets Silicon Valley

Renren.com is known as the “Facebook of China” but Renren group is more than that. It also owns the “Youtube of China”, “Groupon of China”, and more! And, it has a global dream – Renren is partnering with Bay Area Incubator Appsurdity, Inc. to expand into international market. Appsurdity launched a mobile group chat app called QUAD (www.quadapp.com) last month and aims to revolutionize how groups communicate on college campuses.

Joseph Chen (陈一舟, Founder and CEO of Renren) and Matthew Murphy (Founder and CEO of Appsurdity) will share with Penn State some exclusive behind-the-scene stories of what it takes to launch a successful start-up today at 8pm in 100 Thomas.


To register for this event, download QUAD and join a quad named “Meet Joe Chen (陈一舟) and Matt Murphy”. REQUIRED FOR ENTRY.

*If you don’t have iPhone/Android, please like the facebook page to register.*



– To download QUAD, search for “QUAD Chat” in iTunes, or enter http://www.quadapp.com/download in an Android browser.

– To find the quad above, go to “Quads” tab in app. A quad is an open/private group for interests, events, organisations, study groups, etc.

Further information:

On fire! – QUAD’s $5k Challenge FTK

QUAD will donate $5,000 to THON in the name of the group that creates a quad and gets the most votes by 11/15/13. Vote for or register your group at gopsu.quadapp.com

Guest Speakers:

Joseph Chen, Founder, CEO and Chairman of Renren

Mr. Chen is a pioneer of China’s Internet industry. Before founding Renren, Mr. Chen was the co-founder, chairman and chief executive officer of ChinaRen.com, a first-generation SNS in China and one of China’s most visited websites in 1999. He served as SVP of Sohu.com after ChinaRen.com was acquired by Sohu in 2000. Mr. Chen holds a BA in Physics from the University of Delaware, a MS in Engineering from MIT, and MBA from Stanford University.

Matthew Murphy, Founder and CEO of Appsurdity

Mr. Murphy is an innovative marketer that enjoys challenging the ordinary to create extraordinary experiences for consumers. Previously, Mr. Murphy was the CMO at Chegg as well as the Co-Founder & CMO of Lemon.com. He ran the global advertising and media for E*TRADE Financial and earned numerous awards for his work including a Clio, Effie and Stevie Award. Mr. Murphy holds a BS in Finance from Santa Clara University and earned a MBA from The Christos M.Cotsakos College of Business at William Patterson University.


Hosted by:

Innoblue | CSSA at Penn State


About Appsurdity:

Appsurdity is a new company dedicated solely to furthering the absurd and astonishing advancement of mobile apps and mobile communication. Appsurdity’s first app Dubbler was launched last December and ranked top in app store social category (Forbes – Vine For Voice: Why Half A Million Millennials Share SoundOn Dubbler).

Renren and Appsurdity are now happy to announce their 2nd app QUAD (www.quadapp.com), a chat app designed for college students who need to organize and mobilize big groups of people on campus. It is the only free app that can handle chat for up to 200 students. You can set-up public or private Quads for organizations or classes on campus and manage events, share class notes, set-up study groups and more. Features like event RSVP, group polls, threaded conversations are coming soon.

Follow Appsurdity on Linkedin for updates and job openings.



– For questions about the event, contact eli@innoblue.org

– For questions about Renren or QUAD, contact quad@appsurdity.co


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