Started in 2015 by a trio of Philly devs — Shawn Hickman, Daniel Matarazzo and Oliver Pfeffer — Sofa was billed as the app that would help you find movies you like, putting an end to pointless Netflix surfing.
Hickman, a designer with Think Company, recently whipped together the app’s 2.0 version, which comes with a built-in pivot: the app is now focused solely on list-making, and now includes info from books as well as movies and TV shows. Sofa pulls up book covers and movie posters from open APIs like that of Google Books and The Open Movie Database.
“It had too many pieces to it,” the 31-year-old dev said of the first version of Sofa. “I actually took the last year to learn iOS development and built the app myself.”
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