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.

Read more on TechPartners »


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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Joining the IBM Global Entrepreneur Program

We are thrilled to join the 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.

Mircea Baldean
Founder and CEO
MeetVibe, Inc.

 

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MeetVibe App Now Available for Android

SAN FRANCISCO / TORONTO / ZURICH — (Jan 11, 2016).

MeetVibe for Android

Last year, we released MeetVibe for iOS, and you have been with us through our first upgrades and improvements. Thank you for coming along with us on this journey.

We have listened, learned and made it better. We could not have done it without you.

Today, we are excited to release MeetVibe for Android.

Android and iPhone users will be able to enjoy the full MeetVibe experience. Popular features like Around Me phone-to-phone discovery, side by side Calendar Availability, or Concierge text message arrival notification are all available across both mobile platforms.

Spread the word – tell friends and colleagues today!

At MeetVibe, we love building meaningful relationships and we are always looking for opportunities bring people together and generate powerful synergies.

Connect with the right people at the right time!

 

If you have any problems or suggestions, contact us at feedback (at) meetvibe.com.

 

Mircea Baldean
Founder and CEO
MeetVibe, Inc.

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A New Year’s Message

Grateful Reflections on 2016

Early in 2016, we released the iOS beta version of MeetVibe, and you have been with us through our first upgrades and improvements. You are the pioneer MeetVibers. Thank you for joining us on this exciting journey. Your feedback and input has been instrumental in shaping not only our product, but our mission as well. We have come a long way, and we could not have done it without you.

Happy New Year!

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Cheers to great people, bright ideas, and fabulous memories. We often speak of “making time” when in reality we have no control over the quantity – only the quality. This means that how we prioritize our time can significantly influence our progression in the new year. Make the most of your time in 2017!

Excited Anticipation for 2017

Our developers are busier than Santa’s elves working away to ensure everybody has the tools they need to gather, interact, and generate powerful synergies. MeetVibe for Android will soon be ready.

Share Your Special Moments

MeetVibers know how to throw a good party, and are gifted at making sure everybody is enjoying themselves. Share the experience! Follow us on Instagram and post a pic of your favorite place to gather, a sporting event, or your New Year’s Eve party with the hashtag #MeetVibing.

Here’s to a sensational New Year!

Carol, Csaba, Daniela, Dragos, Gabriel, Neya, Nicolas, Marius and Mircea

Monthly Round Up – November 2016

Powerful and productive synergies are generated when vibrant minds come together. In a world characterized by limited time and near limitless opportunity, identifying the best people for your team, project, or life used to require a lot of energy. Now, MeetVibe empowers the innovative creators of the world to strategically find the people who share their vision – anytime, anywhere.

From Symbols and Signals to Ideas Worth Spreading

Change is a primary ingredient in any recipe for advancement. Early adopters and innovators are prescient in recognizing the transformative potential of new technologies. At the end of October I had the privilege of attending the Symbols and Signals TEDxToronto event, Canada’s largest TEDx with an audience of over 1,000. These events, or “talks”, are known for hosting diverse content of creative short presentations. Bringing together experts with exceptional ideas, this network has become a catalyst for profound change, and this theme was very present at the most recent event..

Read more on our blog »


Capture the Moment with MeetVibe

MeetVibing on Instagram

 

There is something delightful about the idea of spontaneity. It is what pushes us to try things and explore new places – the tantalizing thought of what we might experience or who we might meet. A new environment means new people and renewed hope that you will find the people who just “get it”.

Join us on Instagram and share your photo with the hashtag #meetvibing to be featured on our page.

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Make the Most of MeetVibe

The best part of socializing is the making of new connections, experiences, and memories. Every gathering can be a rich lotto of new minds, new ideas, and new personalities. So how can we improve our odds of meeting like-minded people, so that we can make the most of spontaneity?

Fortunately, technology is making it much easier. MeetVibe’s phone-to-phone feature lets you view the profiles of others around you. Meet the party guest in your field of work that you otherwise would never have spoken with. Or the journalist covering your business specialty at a conference. Leave every social gathering with the feeling that you have truly connected with someone new.

Since the Around Me launch in September, we have enabled more than 550 profile discoveries!

Let’s go:

  • Preview the name and profile of those around you; tap on Discover People in the MeetVibe App Dashboard > Around Me
  • Set a memorable tone for introductions with a creative Talk to Me About text. Break out your sense of humor or lead in with something important to you.
  • This short profile text offers an ice-breaking topic to get your conversations off to a great start. Go to MeetVibe App My Profile > edit the Talk to Me About intro line.

Neya Abdi
Content Writer and Editor

Mircea Baldean
Founder & CEO


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TEDxToronto: From Symbols and Signals to Ideas Worth Spreading

Change is a primary ingredient in any recipe for advancement. Early adopters and innovators are prescient in recognizing the transformative potential of new technologies. At the end of October I had the privilege of attending the Symbols and Signals TEDxToronto event, Canada’s largest TEDx with an audience of over 1,000. These events, or “talks”, are known for hosting diverse content of creative short presentations. Bringing together experts with exceptional ideas, this network has become a catalyst for profound change, and this theme was very present at the most recent event.

Mircea Baldean @ TEDx

Dr. Mary Donohue
CEO of Donohue Learning

The first presenter, Mary Donohue, began by addressing a regularly discussed area of change in the workplace: the generational communication gap that exists between company leaders and staff. This failure to communicate has led to a less than positive workplace experience, but what at first blush appears to be a problem is actually an opportunity. Each generation responds differently to leadership. How can current managers and directors tap into the rich resource of new minds that work and think differently? How can we create workplace environments that produce ideas, not friction?

Donahue concluded by saying, “In technology, people do not hear you.” This remark reflects the challenges of social media and networking through Internet platforms. MeetVibe sees technology as an enabler of social interaction, simplifying the organizational elements of connecting to support real relationships which are cultivated with time and attention.

Paul Rowan
Co-founder & VP Inspiration, Umbra

This thread of how we address pain points through proactive changes was picked up by Paul Rowan, VP of Inspiration at Umbra, in his presentation. Whereas Donohue discussed a communication-based solution to the problem of disconnection, Rowan whimsically discussed solutions from the perspective of design.

“We put up with a lot of pain without even noticing it,” Rowan remarked. For Rowan, his passion is improving how people connect with the objects in their home. “A hacker is someone who doesn’t want to put up with bad design.”

Very true. We spend a significant amount of time in our homes. Even those of us who don’t spend a lot of time at home view it as our base and our space for decompression, so there is very little tolerance for a space made up of components that are not designed to meet our needs. With people, as with objects, a necessary connection and functional purpose is required as espoused by the growing social internet of things.

Nevertheless, there are some instances in which change does not come by way of improved connectivity. In certain cases, a dramatic divergence is necessary in order to make more productive connections.

Salim Ismail
CEO, ExO Works & Founding Executive Director, Singularity University

This was the key idea of Salim Ismail during his presentation on disruptive innovation. “If you try disruptive innovation in any large organization, its immune system will attack you.” And what better example to use than Uber? Uber succeeded by simply breaking the law, he argued. It’s a rather fitting presentation from Ismail, the Founding Executive Director of Singularity University, which aims to “educate, inspire and empower a new generation of leaders to apply exponential technologies to address humanity’s grand challenges.”

Appreciating the transformative effects of change is easier when there’s a productive outcome, whether it’s optimizing an organization to make the best use of a new generation of workers or revolutionizing our method of transportation. But sometimes, change is less purposive. It happens simply because the only permanent thing is change. One area of life where we see this often is in language.

Marcel Danesi
Professor of Semiotics and Linguistic Anthropology

Language adapts to address societal and technological changes. There is no bigger testament to this than the overwhelming popularity of emojis, so much so that the “Face with tears of joy” emoji was named by Oxford as the word of the year.

“We’re living in a post-alphabet future.” A new ‘bilingualism’ has emerged through emoji. “This is the new alphabet. We need feelings, we need to sense, as well as think,” argues Marcel Danesi, a linguistic anthropologist at the University of Toronto as he discussed the future of semiotics.

Besides texts from your friends, bracketing names on social media and translating both pop songs and classic literature, you can now find emoji among art’s greatest masters. Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) recently announced that it had acquired the original set of 176 emoji for its permanent collection. These glyphs, designed for pagers made by the Japanese mobile provider NTT DoCoMo in 1999, were the first pictographs to make their way into mobile communication.

Change is inevitable. How we communicate, how we move around, how we interact with our living spaces – nothing is off limits and everything can be improved. But ensuring we are equipped to handle this change is vital. And so we must look at the bigger picture to consider how we can live more suitably in such shifting conditions.

Neil Pasricha
New York Times bestselling author of The Happiness Equation and The Book of Awesome

Neil Pasricha, the New York Times bestselling author of The Happiness Equation and The Book of Awesome, addressed the need to start thinking about how we live our lives more fully in a world full of change and options. In what he deemed “the world’s first TED Listen” he gave a remarkable performance asking challenging questions such as:

  • How do we stop living in the past & the future?
  • Why does year 2000 feel closer than 2032?
  • Why do we fight more with people we love most?
  • How do you measure your life?

And most importantly:

  • How will you maximize your tiny, short life?

The purpose of any advancement is to improve humanity, but doing so requires an understanding of how we can improve upon our existing ways of navigating and viewing. Answering the questions posed by Pasricha is a promising start towards doing so.

I can’t wait for the recorded view to become available. Here is a short preview.

Make your ideas worth spreading. Make the most of your time!

 

 

Monthly Round Up – October 2016

Recall the last time you visited a new city. You likely stumbled upon neighorhoods with interesting shops and cafés with inviting displays. Each storefront provides just enough information to know whether you want to look inside. The open and closed signs let you know when you’re welcome to do so. MeetVibe is the mobile equivalent to these store windows for individuals who wish to socialize. Browse the profiles of those nearby to find people with shared interests who are “open” for new introductions instead of “closed” to only personal acquaintances.

Effective Networkers Build More Than Bridges

Our networks have become incredibly expansive. Today, we interact globally despite previous geographical barriers. It is a given that we can remain updated about an industry peer met at a conference in London or chat regularly with a relative in Morocco.

Technology in the information age has led to tremendous improvements for our social and business networking. It is, and will continue to be, a fantastic relationship enabler. And as our social expectations increase, technology is adapting to meet those demands.

Read more about bonding versus bridging on the blog »


Championing Tech Ecosystems Means Sustained Employment in Global Cities

Technology is the reality of the present and the way of the future. This presents a greater need for understanding tech’s role on our economies and societies. MeetVibe was honored to participate in the exclusive launch of the TechToronto Report, “How Technology is Changing Toronto Employment.”

Toronto’s tech ecosystem has skyrocketed since 2010. It has surpassed the general economy in terms of growth. As a testament to the pervasiveness and necessity of tech, there are more tech jobs within non-tech industries than there are in tech industries. Fostering the advancement of tech in Toronto and in other global cities will lead to greater diversification and decentralization – variables that are vital for a resilient economy.

Perhaps the best illustration of tech’s brilliance is the positive impact it stands to have on our social policy, civic action initiatives, and more, in addition to the overall economy. TechTO outlines policy recommendations that can contribute to the continued growth and dynamism of Toronto’s tech ecosystem, a city that is currently ranked fifth in the world for concentration of tech skills.

Discover the exciting future of tech by reading the full report »


Don’t Let The Next Exciting Opportunity Pass You By

Never miss an opportunity. We have entire systems designed around making sure you never miss a connection: email, voicemail, messaging and location-based dating apps to make sure the love of our life doesn’t pass us by. And of course, we circulate at networking events to find like-minded individuals we would not cross paths with otherwise.

MeetVibe’s Around Me feature makes sure no opportunity goes unpursued at the next conference, alumni event, or party you attend. Include a few lines in your Talk to Me About section to let people know where your interests lie. Turn on Discovery so that people in your proximity know you are available to chat. Let others know your interests and start discovering like-minded people around you today.

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Forging strong connections – personal or professional – is about putting in the effort. It is also about being presented with the chance to do so. MeetVibe empowers its members to have the confidence, information, and opportunity they need to create powerful synergies. Connect with us on Facebook and Twitter for the latest news and tips.

Happy Halloween!

Neya Abdi
Content Writer and Editor

Carol Aebi
Chief Strategy Officer


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