MeetVibe Round Up – April 2017

Keeping Busy and Making Friends!

Keeping busy and making friends. That’s the best way to describe MeetVibe’s activities on a day-to-day basis. Over the last month, we’ve added two new members to our global team, opened the Toronto Stock Exchange with our partners at the Upside Foundation, and made a smooth transition to a modern, cloud computing platform.


Taking Action

We Opened the Toronto Stock Exchange!

MeetVibe is a proud supporter of the Upside Foundation and we love creating synergies! The TMX Group responded to our call to help Canadian startups dream big and welcomed a selected group of young companies to open the Toronto Stock Exchange! The event was covered on YAHOO! Finance and Business Insider.

MeetVibe co-founders Carol Aebi and Gabriel Paun joined virtually from Zürich, Switzerland and San Francisco Bay Area, a first for TSX!

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Community

The Open Secret to Successful Networking

Networking is time tested and familiar, an age-old practice dressed up in a modern outfit. This current incarnation of networking emphasizes the scavenger hunt of meeting as many people as possible and seems to have lost or minimized the traditional play on reciprocity. The result – hundreds of business cards, LinkedIn and Facebook contacts.

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Behind the Scenes

A Warm Welcome

Hearing all the great things about Toronto’s growing startup scene, Gwendoline and Mélanie came all the way from France to experience the tech ecosystem first-hand. We’re happy to have them on board and we are looking forward to meeting some of you!


Growth

Reaching the Cloud: Migration to IBM Bluemix Platform Complete

In January, we announced that MeetVibe is migrating to a modern, cloud infrastructure. Our incredible technical team moved quickly. Just one month after the decision, we began moving data to the IBM Bluemix Cloud Computing Platform.

We are excited to announce that MeetVibe has successfully migrated our service to the cloud, with minimal impact on our members. Because this migration took place in the background, members did not notice any changes to the day-to-day experience while using the MeetVibe app..

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Adding breadth and depth to your networks is the value MeetVibe brings. It doesn’t matter if you’re in a new city, a new job, or a new school – all of those environments offer rich opportunities to meet interesting people and share ideas. Show us how you use MeetVibe to advance your career or enjoy a spontaneous opportunity by sharing your snaps on Instagram with the hashtag #MeetVibing.

 

Neya Abdi
Content Writer and Editor

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The Open Secret to Successful Networking

Networking is time tested and familiar, an age-old practice dressed up in a modern outfit. This current incarnation of networking emphasizes the scavenger hunt of meeting as many people as possible and seems to have lost or minimized the traditional play on reciprocity. The result – hundreds of business cards, LinkedIn and Facebook contacts.

At business or social events we mingle until meeting the right person. It sounds brilliant in theory, but feels awkward in practice. It is impolite to break off a new conversation, even though we may quickly be aware that there is little in common. And finding that person with matching interests may require a lot of hand shaking and introductions. For the networking to feel successful we need a key ingredient: reciprocity for mutually beneficial interactions.

One-sided value is limited. Reciprocity opens a variety of doors and potential. Here is how it works.

Put Yourself in their Shoes

Presumably, you started talking to a person because of what you think they may be able to do for you, not because you like their jacket. However, if you go into a new interaction focused on, “What can this person do for me?” you are likely to hit a wall of silence. So what can you do differently?

Reverse the roles and learn more about their situation. Are they an employer searching for the right candidate to fill a position? A future customer with an issue that your company already solves? Instead of leading with what you want, uncover what you can do for them.

Reciprocity is an unspoken social agreement where people intuitively repay, in kind, what other people have done for them. By virtue of the reciprocity social norm, people are self-motivated to repay kindness, favors, and invitations. If someone receives a good idea or referral during a networking event, a reciprocal expectation may influence them to do the same. This encourages continuing exchanges and forms thoughtful connections.

Avoid pitching to everyone in the room just to see if something sticks. Instead build capital by adding value to ideas and projects.

Share Your Ideas

Too often people avoid exposing their ideas to the light. What if it is not ready? What if someone appropriates it? What if it is wasted on the wrong person or opportunity?

For starters, we never know for certain where that “real” opportunity is. If we did, we would be in front of it with our most polished pitch. The thing we are actively searching for may not look like what we expect. Perhaps it is a new idea or twist on our idea that sends us down a better road. If we hold back, not only is it the exact opposite of mutually beneficial, it is also a risky gamble that we will bypass someone who could have helped us out.

Settle in for the Long Game

Building mutually beneficial relationships includes developing trust. And that doesn’t grow over the course of two cocktails. New people need time to see whether your motivation and passion is an indicator of your day-to-day personality or just your current charm trying to win them over.

Success stories often start at the lucky moment people “ran into” one another, like the investor or the entrepreneur who took their company to the next level. What is rarely mentioned is the amount of time spent building a reputation or the legwork it took to get to that pivotal introduction.

Become an Expert and Always Be Ready

You may be familiar with that paradoxical piece of advice, “Practice improvisation”. Musical talents appear to come up with magical melodies spontaneously. And the story of almost every scientific discovery involves someone leaping up and racing out the door because the answer to a problem suddenly hit them.

Yet only a master of the subject matter or instrument would be able to recognize the genius idea. It is the prior labor and developed expertise that allows them to find the answer or the melody seemingly by daydreaming or taking in their surroundings. That same phenomenon applies to networking.

The more you know, the better you are at making connections.

A conversation overheard in line to get coffee or riding in an elevator may present the perfect chance to jump in with a unique, situation appropriate pitch for how you solve a problem. Contributing helpful insights to a conversation is more effective when we are already familiar with the material and can point out something original.

Take that a step further and imagine hacking spontaneity. Notice which industry leader unexpectedly shows up to a conference’s reception or discover which powerful influencer is in your proximity at the next event. Our day is filled with micro-moments – that impulse to turn to your phone to make things happen – and MeetVibe’s proximity feature helps you make the most of those micro-moments to see what opportunity is just around the corner.

Reciprocity is the key to successful networking. Listening, learning, and providing value turbocharges your ability to build mutually beneficial networks.

 

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Reaching the Cloud: Migration to IBM Bluemix Platform Complete

In January, we announced that MeetVibe is migrating to a modern, cloud infrastructure. Our incredible technical team moved quickly. Just one month after the decision, we began moving data to the IBM Bluemix Cloud Computing Platform.

Today, we are excited to announce that MeetVibe has successfully migrated our service to the cloud, with minimal impact on our members. Because this migration took place in the background, members did not noticed any changes to the day-to-day experience while using the MeetVibe app. However, engineers understand the technical complexities involved with moving large amounts of live data into the cloud quickly and safely. MeetVibe’s migration to the cloud was an important milestone.

What We Did

At first glance, MeetVibe’s new home in the cloud may not look all that different. But to borrow from the analogy of moving to a new house: it is built on a much stronger foundation, sits on a larger lot, comes with new plumbing, and even has an upgraded alarm system. Overall, it is a much better place to live.

This move to the IBM Bluemix Cloud platform brings about more noticeable benefits now and for the future, such as increased uptime, security improvements, and faster delivery of new and innovative features.

A Faster, More Reliable Backend

MeetVibe is a modern way of networking often used during conferences and social events. As such, we need to provide reliable services to handle nonlinear traffic patterns, with significant spikes during live events.

What’s Next?

Now that we have reached the cloud, stay tuned for more news as we add new smart features, tap into new mobile services, layer in more IoT features and may even include Watson.

Many thanks to Teresa of IBM Canada, Lee and Eric of IBM U.S., and Ernest of IBM Singapore for making us feel welcome into the IBM Global Entrepreneur Program!

We Opened the Toronto Stock Exchange!

TORONTO, CA — (Apr 4, 2017). MeetVibe, together with the Upside Foundation of Canada, opened the market at the Toronto Stock Exchange today. MeetVibe is a mobile Internet of Things (IoT) platform that connects the right people at the right time.

CEO Mircea Baldean, together with other Upside Foundation members, attended the Market Open Ceremony at 9:30 am EST. Co-founders Carol Aebi and Gabriel Paun joined virtually from Zürich, Switzerland and San Francisco Bay Area.

A replay can be viewed on the TSX website; photos are available on the TMX Group Facebook page.

About Upside Foundation

The Upside Foundation is a charity offering an exciting platform to help Canadian startups and high-growth companies “Share The Upside” and positively impact our community.

MeetVibe is a proud supporter of the Upside Foundation and we love creating synergies! The TMX Group responded to our call to help Canadian startups dream big and welcomed a selected group of young companies to open the Toronto Stock Exchange.

Connecting the right people, at the right time!

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MeetVibe, Inc.
Mircea Baldean
+1 (415) 942-6060 ext 101
mircea (at) meetvibe.com

MeetVibe Round Up – March 2017

A Warm Welcome to All of Our New #DevTO Friends!

Are you organizing a networking event? Kick it up a notch! Seamlessly connect participants, ideas, and opportunities using MeetVibe. Participants can discover and read the profiles of participants in their proximity. Event organizers can provide instant access to the opportunities and information guests want the most.


Take Action

How to Organize a Successful Meetup

The thrill of bringing people together to share food, swap ideas, and form new relationships makes the work of organizing a meetup worth it. But pulling together a hit gathering is harder than it looks.

Technology may have made us more connected than ever, but hosting an event has presented new challenges. Virtual guests who have not yet met in person are less inclined to honor RSVPs, and even those who manage to make it may be hesitant to branch out and mingle without incentive.

So what does it take to organize a successful meetup?

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Growth

Connecting Developers at #DevTO

Developers don’t just write code, they network and make things happen. That is why MeetVibe is partnering with #DevTO, a forum where developers meet and mingle. Each month #DevTO brings together over 100 attendees to listen to speakers and collaborate with industry peers. MeetVibe’s Internet of Things (IoT) social engagement capabilities were showcased at the most recent event and we are thrilled to facilitate even more introductions at upcoming events.

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Community

Register for a $10 Amazon Gift Card

Together with Capterra we are offering a $10 Amazon gift card for the first 25 reviewers of the MeetVibe app. Fill in your contact details below to receive the program invite.

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Elevate your event’s potential. Add MeetVibe to get introductions rolling and simplify follow-up scheduling.

We’ve only just begun helping the MeetVibe community make things happen!

 

Neya Abdi
Content Writer and Editor

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Connecting Developers at #DevTO

Developers don’t just write code, they network and make things happen. That is why MeetVibe is partnering with #DevTO, a forum where developers meet and mingle. Each month #DevTO brings together over 100 attendees to listen to speakers and collaborate with industry peers. MeetVibe’s Internet of Things (IoT) social engagement capabilities were showcased at the most recent event and we are thrilled to facilitate even more introductions at upcoming events.

MeetVibe Round Up – February 2017

A Warm Welcome to All of Our New Users!

Seamlessly connecting people with people, people with ideas, and people with opportunities, MeetVibe provides instant access to information participants need during events. We’ve had the pleasure of meeting many MeetVibers in person over the past couple of months and are excited to welcome our newest members on board.

Sharing Our Story

MeetVibe @ PodCamp Toronto 2017

We showcased MeetVibe’s Internet of Things (IoT) social engagement capabilities at PodCamp Toronto, Canada’s largest and longest running digital media un–conference, held at Ryerson University in Toronto.

We partnered with the Organizing Committee of this digital media creation hub to pilot our proximity technology and increase the participant value at this unique event. Our phone-to-phone feature allows participants to discover and view the profiles of others in their proximity.

We staged a number of beacons throughout the venue to broadcast the session schedule on each floor. As attendees mingled and moved from room to room, contextual schedule information was delivered to their fingertips, helping them choose the most relevant session.

Over the course of the two days, we have enabled more than 200 profile discoveries, facilitating introductions tailored to participants’ interests and networking objectives. And, close to 100 people wirelessly received a premium Membership promo code by simply coming up to the MeetVibe booth.


 

Growth

Joining Facebook’s FbStart Program

Early February we joined FbStart, Facebook’s global program designed to help mobile startups build and grow their apps. The MeetVibe app was chosen because of its impressive development so far and its potential for continued growth.

Facebook is working with great companies to offer exclusive benefits for its program members. FbStart has helped startups around the world build, grow, and monetize their apps.

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Community

Enjoy MeetVibe on Every Phone

The MeetVibe app is now available for both iPhone and Android. Tell us how you use MeetVibe to build your business, form partnerships, and make connections by sharing your story on Twitter and Instagram using the hashtag #MeetVibing.

Untap the potential at your next social event. Whether it’s a lecture or conference, MeetVibe can aid in introductions and simplify follow-up scheduling. We’ve only just begun helping the MeetVibe community make things happen.

Invite your friends, family, and colleagues to join MeetVibe today.

 

Neya Abdi
Content Writer and Editor

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How to Organize a Successful Meetup

The thrill of bringing people together to share food, swap ideas, and form new relationships makes the work of organizing a meetup worth it. But pulling together a hit gathering is harder than it looks.

Technology may have made us more connected than ever, but hosting an event has presented new challenges. Virtual guests who have not yet met in person are less inclined to honor RSVPs, and even those who manage to make it may be hesitant to branch out and mingle without incentive.

So what does it take to organize a successful meetup?

Nail Down Your Event’s Unique Value Proposition

With daily emails announcing the latest group Meetup members may find other events taking place at the same time as yours. And since cancelling can be done as quickly as confirming attendance, changing plans at the last minute is fast and easy.

But technology can be leveraged to make any event successful. We have apps that provide us with the speed and reach to spread the word and coordinate. It’s up to the organizer to supply the required depth by guaranteeing they host a valuable event.

To ensure solid attendance and group growth, flesh out your value proposition by asking yourself the following questions:

  • What will my attendees be gaining/learning?
  • Why should they come to this event?
  • How will they benefit from attending?
  • Who will they see or have the opportunity to meet?

Answer the questions your invitees will be consciously and subconsciously asking themselves. Bring this message front and center to make it clear what they stand to gain from attending your specific meetup.

Keep Your Audience In Mind At Every Step of the Planning Process

Your event is ultimately for your guests. This means that everything you consider from the timing to the agenda should be designed with them in mind. While this sounds obvious, the unique schedule, logistics, and habits of your target group should be considered. Who is your meetup targeting:

  • Students?
  • Alumni?
  • Young professionals?
  • Entrepreneurs?

Each audience has different needs and experience levels. An organizer may have a well-known speaker in mind, but will what that speaker has to say be helpful to your audience? A former CEO with 20 years of corporate marketing experience may have brilliant insights about the industry. But a group of students or recent alumni may be more interested in hearing from hiring managers about how to break into the tech industry today.

Consider timing and location. Is your preferred event date with a target audience of university students during final exams, the same evening as a big concert, or the weekend of a big game? And consider location. Your favorite meeting place may be across town from campus. Go to your target group and book a location that is both familiar and convenient for your audience.

Another trap event planners fall into is planning activities that are too general or basic for their audience. A meetup organized to bring together entrepreneurs without a theme may be too broad. But a workshop from a serial entrepreneur about securing investors early on will strike a chord with other start-up founders. Add a speaker and cover a fresh topic that helps your guests solve a specific problem to draw more interest and ensure attendance.

Photocredit: Mirna Chacin / TechToronto.

Maximize the Networking Component

People attend events to meet others with similar interests. The main event identifies the shared interest topic, but the networking opportunity seals the deal. People scroll through the profiles of those who have confirmed attendance before accepting. And no one wants to be the first. When you organize that new Meetup, be sure to have the first few visible attendees on standby to register right away.

Then start your event with an icebreaker. Get things rolling with introductions and encourage your guests to mingle. Do not rush this process so that everyone has the chance to talk to someone new. Mobile apps such as MeetVibe can help. Its phone-to-phone technology allows you to view the profiles of people nearby. Each profile has a “Talk to Me About” section providing a brief understanding of each person’s objectives and potential shared interests to ease introductions and get conversations off to a meaningful start.

Communicate

People are busy and between the time they signed up and the date of your event your guests will manage calls, emails, and obligations that will push your meetup further to the back of their minds. Send out a reminder message two days before the event that briefly highlights your value proposition as well as the number of people confirmed to attend. Build anticipation to ensure a strong turnout.

Don’t Shy Away From Charging a Fee

As counterintuitive as it sounds, charging for your event will guarantee more serious RSVPs. Taking out a credit card, even for $10, gets participants to commit to attending.

Setting up a meetup and organizing events can be a rewarding experience. With a little strategy, organizers can exponentially increase the value, turnout, and engagement at their next event.

Learn more about MeetVibe for Organizers.

 

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Joining Facebook’s FbStart Program

We are delighted to join FbStart, Facebook’s global program designed to help mobile startups build and grow their apps. The MeetVibe app was chosen because of its impressive development so far and its potential for continued growth.

Facebook is working with great companies to offer exclusive benefits for its program members. FbStart has helped startups around the world build, grow, and monetize their apps.

Mircea Baldean
Founder and CEO
MeetVibe, Inc.

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Carol Aebi, Mircea Baldean

MeetVibe Round Up – January 2017

We’re Glad You Could Join Us

A warm welcome to all of our new users! Just a few weeks ago we launched the MeetVibe app for Android. Now anybody with a smartphone can access the information, confidence, and opportunity they need to make the most of any social environment.

Sharing Our Story

Generating Synergies: A Conversation with TechPartners

Technology is a wonderful enabler of social connectivity when applied effectively. The first step for technology was increasing the reach of our social interactions. Now, we’ve moved on to the most important stage: strengthening those bonds. Our insightful Chief Strategy Officer and co-founder Carol Aebi sat down with TechPartners, a Zurich-based digital consultancy, to share the MeetVibe story and discuss the power of facilitating a Social Internet of Things.

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Growing

IBM Global Entrepreneur Program

We are thrilled to join IBM Global Entrepreneur, a program that equips startups with go-to-market support, business mentorship, services, and networking opportunities. Over the next few months we will be working on transitioning part of our infrastructure to the IBM Cloud platform. Tapping into new mobile services, IoT, or even Watson just got easier.

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Community

Enjoy MeetVibe on Every Phone

The MeetVibe app is now available for both iPhone and Android. Enjoy features like Around Me phone-to-phone discovery, side-by-side Calendar Availability viewing, or Concierge text message arrival notifications across both mobile platforms. Tell us how you use MeetVibe to build your business, form partnerships, and make connections by sharing your story on Twitter and Instagram using the hashtag #MeetVibing.

The untapped potential of our social environments is incredible. Whether it’s the lecture hall or the conference hall, MeetVibe can be found wherever there are introductions to be made and ideas to be shared. We’ve only just begun helping the MeetVibe community make things happen.

Invite your friends, family, and colleagues to join MeetVibe today.

 

Neya Abdi
Content Writer and Editor

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