February 14, 2023

Meet Cloudburst’s New Product: Localyst

Localyst is the easy new way to save and share your favorite vendors and service providers


Elyse Ash

One of the cool parts about working at Cloudburst SBC is helping founders create their own tech products that build their businesses. Another cool part is leveraging our super smart, savvy, strategic team to build our own products. 

This week we’re excited to launch our own product, Localyst.

Localyst is a free app that helps you keep track of your favorite physicians, babysitters, contractors, caterers, pet sitters, and other service providers while gaining trusted referrals from your friends and network. 

“I had the idea for Localyst while looking for service providers I could trust, and I was frustrated with the existing options. Word of mouth is the best way to get referrals, but there was no efficient method for reaching out to friends, especially for a more time-sensitive request,” said Zack Stevens, Founder and CEO of Localyst and also Cloudburst SBC. 

So Zack and the Cloudburst team imagined what it would be like to have all your favorite vendors’ contact information in one place, making their names and info easy to find and easy to share. Like your own online Rolodex (if you remember those things).

With Localyst you can:

  • Share your Lyst with your network
  • Follow your friends’ Lysts and get trusted referrals
  • Find and support local small business owners and entrepreneurs
  • Add private notes to remind yourself what these vendors did for you or what you liked about them

No more saving people to your contact list as “Dave Lawncare” and no more asking random Facebook Groups for sensitive referrals.

With Localyst, your veterinarian, babysitter, dentist, tutor, house sitter, gardener, repairman, auto mechanic, hair stylist, and everyone else’s contact info is saved in one easy-to-find place and always at your fingertips.

“Most of the alternatives to Localyst rely on recommendations from strangers, “neighbors,” or some level of platform verification to give me confidence. What I really want is to know who my friends recommend. On the flip side, I’m a huge advocate for local businesses and entrepreneurs, so I enjoy being able to refer business to people who have done a great job.” - Zack Steven

“Localyst has been a passion project for a while, and it was great to finally dedicate the time to get it launched,” said Zack. “It was fantastic to work with the Cloudburst team on a product of our own, especially something that solves a problem that a lot of people can relate to. It makes a great demo of our team’s capabilities and it aligns closely with our values of helping entrepreneurs succeed.”

Cloudburst SBC is currently looking for beta users in a few areas in Minnesota and suburban DC, so check it out if you’re interested and live around there. Would love to hear what you think! Just sign up via the blue link on the Localyst website.

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Elyse Ash is a marketer, creative, writer, speaker, founder and loud laugher. In her free time she enjoys playing with her kiddos, going to new restaurants, reading and pretending she’s into yoga.