RISEConf

MeetVibe Round Up – July 2017 – RISEConf

The Largest and Most Exciting Tech Conference in Asia

MeetVibe participated as an Alpha Start-up at the RISE Conference, held on July 11-13 in Hong Kong, launching our Business offering. RISE is labeled by Forbes a “truly world class” event, attracting 580 startups, 400 investors, 565 journalists and 240 speakers.

Why Hong Kong? As a young SaaS IoT company, with an established presence in Toronto, Zurich and Silicon Valley, it is important to understand why Hong Kong is targeting to become the IoT capital of the world.

Highlights

  • Start-up booth: exhibiting and demo, great to see so many MeetVibers stopping by!
  • Center Stage: Gary Vaynerchuk got emotional expressing his views on company culture and also answering Mircea’s open mic question on how to balance family life and entrepreneurship;
  • Women in Tech Roundtables: Carol was invited to participate in discussions about the challenges and opportunities for women in the technology industry;
  • The Pitch: we are thrilled and humbled to have our moment on stage included in the RISE official summary video!
RISEConf Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Center
RISEConf Gary Vaynerchuk
RISEConf Women in Tech Roundtables, Carol Aebi
RISEConf MeetVibe Carol Aebi, Mircea Baldean

What’s next? We are gearing up for Web Summit, the largest tech conference in the world, in Lisbon this November!

ALPHA Startup MeetVibe Launches at RISE Conference

SAN FRANCISCO / TORONTO / ZURICH / HONG KONG — June 29, 2017.

MeetVibe Connects the Right People at the Right Time!

In a world that is more social, more mobile, and more instant than ever before, what interests people? Other people. We believe technology and social connectivity should be seamless so that people can focus on real interactions. Our Internet of Things (IoT) social engagement platform seamlessly connects digital channels with the physical environment, offering access to what matters most: people, places, relationships, and meaningful connections.

MeetVibe is an ALPHA Startup launching at RISE, the biggest tech conference of its kind in Asia, held on July 11-13 in Hong Kong. Enabling participants to take networking to the next level, we connect people, ideas, and contextual information on the ground, in the moment.

The Social Internet of Things
MeetVibe’s SaaS platform brings people together to build meaningful relationships. The mobile app is location aware, using Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE) beaconing and proximity technologies to augment spontaneous social opportunities.

We enable community leaders and businesses to deliver contextual information and engaging content such as agendas, coupons, or maps directly to mobile phones – as customers or participants come within proximity of a specific location – providing the information they want at the moment they need it.

By staging several beacons throughout a location, powerful analytics such as traffic patterns, heat mapping, and visitors’ behavior can be gathered using our proximity business content management system.

Free App: Discover – Connect – Schedule

  • The Around Me feature allows you to discover others who are nearby.
  • Profile sharing facilitates introductions to easily connect and exchange social profiles and contact information.
  • Simplified scheduling offers calendar-sharing availability, sends automated arrival messages, and provides directions to meeting locations.

About MeetVibe
We love creating synergies. MeetVibe is a mobile and Internet of Things SaaS company founded mid-2015, with key representatives located in the San Francisco Bay Area, Toronto and Zurich. Our purpose is to make people’s lives easier through technology. Each of us brings unique perspectives and expertise to connect the right people at the right time.

We are proud to have IBM as our biggest investor and technology partner, and to be part of Facebook’s global mobile startup program. MeetVibe’s disruptive business model creates a new space for targeted proximity marketing. During early tests, our iOS and Android mobile apps have been used more than 6,200 times, and enabled 2,600 proximity interactions.

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For more information, please contact:

Mircea Baldean
mircea (at) meetvibe.com
twitter.com/baldean
+1.647.287.3179
+1.415.942.6060 x101

Carol Aebi
carol (at) meetvibe.com
+41 44 586 73 35
+1.415.942.6060 x103

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Website: https://meetvibe.com
Download the free App: https://meetvibe.com/app
Download digital assets: http://on.meetvi.be/risekit
Download PDF press release: http://on.meetvi.be/risepr

Screenshots

MeetVibe iOS and Android App

MeetVibe SaaS Proximity Business Portal

 

MeetVibe Enterprise Beacon

T-60: MeetVibe is an ALPHA Startup at #RISEconf

We are excited to participate in the RISE Conference in Hong Kong from July 11 to 13, 2017. Billed as “the best technology conferences on the planet” by Forbes Magazine, RISE is the Web Summit-branded event organized in Asia.

In July 2017, people from the world’s biggest companies and most exciting startups will come to Hong Kong to share their stories and experiences at RISE, joined by major global media, hundreds of investors and 15,000+ attendees for three days of networking.

We are an ALPHA startup!

AddThis Adds MeetVibe to its Roster of Top Social Networks

VIENNA, VA and SAN FRANCISCO, CA — (May 5, 2017).

Oracle-owned AddThis, the leading provider of website publisher tools, adds MeetVibe to its roster of top social networks.

The site reaches 2.1 billion unique visitors monthly and is used by more than 15 million web publishers.

Build your online following, one fan at a time, with easy-to-install Follow buttons. Add followers to your MeetVibe social profile to easily share your phone’s calendar availability. These buttons blend seamlessly into your website, making following the natural choice.

You will find the MeetVibe follow option between Medium and Facebook Messenger.

Through this new and exciting data partnership, we will be looking at ways to elevate and personalize the user experience based on behaviors and interests as our members engage with the MeetVibe app over the next few months.

Add an AddThis Follow button to your MeetVibe profile on your website and let your friends or clients know the right time to connect with you!

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

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!

Contact
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.