Want to know the "secret" to longevity? It's friends. Studies tell us that the bigger our social circles, the longer and happier our lives will be. In fact, having friends is the single most important factor in health, happiness, and longevity, increasing our chances of living longer by 50%.
Yet: our social circles tend to decline as we grow older, shrinking especially quickly after 55 in the face of common life events like retirement, divorce, and empty nesting—and leaving one in three older adults feeling lonely and isolated. We're no mathematicians, but something about those numbers strikes us as off.
Hank is the only platform designed specifically for adults 55+ to make virtual connections that translate into real world friendships, the key to longevity.
Hank was born out of our co-founder Brian's experience seeing his parents struggle to find community after becoming empty nesters. As Brian's parents sought out new friends and social activities, they were frustrated by the media’s outdated representation of life after 55 (hazy backlit strolls in the park, anyone?), overwhelmed by the sheer hours spent searching for things to do, and uncertain how to translate digital community into in-person friendships. We figured the generation who mastered Atari, bought the first Macintosh desktop, and successfully survived over 30 versions of the iphone deserved some better tech—and social—support.
Hank has since grown into a community where thousands of members come every day to find friends, connect over shared interests, and make plans. To date, we have raised $7MM in seed funding from General Catalyst and Resolute Ventures, and are part of AARP’s ventures accelerator program. And, while we’re at it, we’re also out to topple some of those age-old stereotypes of what it looks and feels like to be over 55.
So cheers to a lifetime of looking forward. We're so glad you're here.
Hank is the second company founded by middle school best buds Brian Park and Andrew Hong. Between founding ventures, they've worked at places like ClassPass, Zynga, Lumi, and MLB. They still have a raging debate about exactly how they met—Andrew swears it was in drum class, Brian's not so sure.
We're a team of experienced operators who have spent decades building brands and products that have been used by millions of people all around the world (think: GrubHub, Starbucks, Skillshare, WeWork, and Bark, among others). We value humility, curiosity, and—you guessed it—connection.
There is no Hank without our members! We're delighted to support thousands of Hank members—and hundreds of member-led groups—in discovering new interests, widening their community, and making the most of their home cities.