Open Places is a project started by Trazzler.
All of the editorially selected and vetted content here is available free to nonprofits, public radio stations, parks, schools, tourism bureaus, publications, and other approved organizations. The idea is to create an open network of publication-quality information about places that can be used to promote any neighborhood, town, or region—or particular area of interest.
What makes Open Places different from all of the other sites that collect information on places? It’s our editorial vision and the skill level of the writers and photographers. Every place you find on Open Places is here because we think it is good and every featured photo and article has been selected and vetted by an editor. Four years ago, we launched a radically different kind of publishing platform where writers and photographers could interact directly with editors. Now we’re opening up the results of this experiment to organizations that do good.
Every week, we run photo and writing contests on fun (and even thought-provoking) themes. You can win money, trips, and prizes just for exploring new places and sharing the things you love to do. Your contributions will be shared with world-class nonprofits, and you’ll always get a byline on your writing and photography.Contribute »
We build social content platforms on iOS and Android that are curated by real people.
We also manage our own app, Open Places. It contains these same features, has been downloaded more than 140,000 times, and was featured by Apple's editorial team twice.
Adam Rugel is the Founder and CEO of Trazzler. Adam worked alongside the founders of Twitter at a startup called Odeo. The initial idea for Trazzler--as a collection of highly selective experiences--was generated during brainstorming sessions with Twitter co-founder Biz Stone. Adam runs business and product development and is driven by the idea that four-stars-and-a-rant can't be the only way to do this.
Megan Cytron is a co-founder of Trazzler and developed the editorial philosophy that drives what you read here. She engages daily with the 10,000+ writers and photographers who have taken Trazzler's challenge to elevate the quality of writing and photography pertaining to places by sharing meaningful, succinct experiences.
Brian McManus runs all aspects of engineering, which includes everything from conceptualizing our products to analytics to iOS development, web front-end, Memcached, MongoDB, and MySQL, EC2/S3, geospatial work in MongoDB and MySQL...
Trazzler's investors include SV Angel, AOL Founder Steve Case, and the Twitter founders, Evan Williams, Jack Dorsey, and Biz. Our partners include the City of Chicago, Hawaii Tourism Authority, Fairmont Hotels & Resorts, Salon.com, Air New Zealand and many more.