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!
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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!

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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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?

Read more »


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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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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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.

Update My Talk To Me About section »


Rate MeetVibe in the App Store

Vibing with MeetVibe? Please take a moment to rate or review our app. Thank you for your continued support!

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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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Monthly Round Up – September 2016

For those in the know, September is the REAL new year. The drop in temperature serves as a sharp jolt to leave behind the dog days of summer as routine restructures our day-to-day lives. As the weather gets colder and people move indoors for get-togethers, conferences, and parties, our opportunities to meet new people change as well. The key is making the most of it.

How the Social Internet of Things is Revolutionizing Connectivity

Humans are both innovative and social beings leading to technological advances that are changing the way we interact. The desire to connect has inspired a global technological network linking people, data, and things.

Traditionally, our conception of cloud- or Internet-based social solutions has existed in the digital world. We send emails, conduct video calls, or share social media posts. But our collective need to use resources efficiently and information effectively has led to innovations that also link objects to this network. The inclusion of sensors and actuators are turning everyday devices into smart objects. This interaction of smart objects with people through the Internet is called the Internet of Things or IoT.

Read more about the the Social Internet of Things on our blog »


Around Me: The Next Generation of Social Networking

This month, we announced the launch of our latest feature, Around Me. Around Me is a phone-to-phone discovery feature that allows you to locate people in your proximity for spontaneous opportunities. Attend conferences and networking events with purpose by viewing the profiles of people you wish to meet and reading their Talk To Me About section to initiate useful interactions. In its first few weeks alone, Around Me enabled more then 450 proximity discoveries. Each day is an opportunity to meet people. Meet the right people.

Learn more about the next generation of social networking  »


Demonstrating the Power of Seamless Connectivity at TechTO

Our discovery feature Around Me is here, and we are thrilled to spread the word. The MeetVibe team headed down to the September TechTO MeetUp to rub shoulders with fellow tech enthusiasts and demonstrate the power of the Around Me feature. At networking events like these, finding the right people is vital for companies sourcing talent or individuals seeking creative partnerships. MeetVibe’s proximity technology combined with seamless scheduling and profile viewing allows users to make the most of their connections.

Mircea, Juliana, Neya


Madam Secretary: Make Yourself Available Even While Saving The World

When your job is helping the Secretary of State avert one global crisis after another, you do not have much time for sitting down and comparing schedules. In a season 2 episode of Madam Secretary, consistently busy press secretary Daisy discusses an app developed by her love interest, Oliver, that alerts them when there is a mutually available time slot in their calendars. Sound familiar?


Fill Out the Talk To Me About Section of Your MeetVibe Profile

We all want to meet people with common interests and goals. While it may be easy to make connections, it is not so easy to find like-minded individuals to build genuine connections. MeetVibe’s Talk To Me About section lets people know you are open to conversation and what you would like to talk about. Include a few lines about your desire to discuss your company, find an exciting new job opportunity, or even your love of world travel. Introducing yourself to new people is an important part of networking. Let others know your interests and start discovering like-minded people around you today.

Update My Talk To Me About section »

If there are two things every member of the MeetVibe team loves they are technology and connectivity. We are focused on providing social connectivity that is instant and effortless, which is why we are busily working away on bringing MeetVibe to Android. Stay tuned by following us on Facebook and Twitter for updates.

Neya Abdi
Content Writer and Editor

Monthly Roundup – August

During the summertime, it’s not easy to stay focused on your goals. When it’s cold and rainy, it is somewhat easier to lock yourself inside and plough through various tasks. But it’s a lot harder to follow through when the weather is nice and BBQs beckon.

Dare to Dream Through Your Schedule

We all have our “traditional” goals related to work and family responsibilities. But we also have aspirational goals that often cross our minds and are rarely explored. No other line kills our hope of achieving these entrepreneurial ambitions, booking that dream trip, or learning a new language like:

“I’m just too busy.”

Blaming your schedule is simply passing the buck onto a tool that you control. Your schedule is a device meant to help you organize your time, but sadly it suffers from a serious misunderstanding of its proper usage.
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7 Tips for Making the Most of a Startup’s Time

Meet Mircea Baldean: the founder of MeetVibe. After spending more than 15 years within Toronto’s financial sector, he realized the careers escalator was jammed. When Mircea read The Start-up of You he began to consider whether there was a better way he could be spending his time. Always one to embrace change, Mircea began down the path towards entrepreneurship by welcoming trend shifts and positioning himself to be ready for change- the entrepreneur’s recipe to create unexpected opportunities.

Continue reading Mircea’s interview on the Upside Foundation blog »

Tip: Why You Should Update Your MeetVibe Profile Now

Discovery is not only about finding the next Pokémon. Real relationships are cultivated with time and attention. Never miss an opportunity to meet someone new while attending an event or share a lunch or coffee with colleagues in the most popular work lunch restaurant.

With our upcoming new feature, Around Me, you will be able to set your profile to Public or Private if you would like to connect with new MeetVibers or followers who are nearby. View the name and profile of those around you. Each user’s profile provides a brief bio and social media links. Find an ice-breaking topic in the Talk to Me About section to get your conversations off to a meaningful start.

MeetVibe, Inc. Turns 1!

Last, but not least, time surely flies by when you are having fun. MeetVibe, Inc. is officially 1!

It’s been one year since we became a Delaware-based corporation, headquartered in the San Francisco Bay Area. A year later, MeetVibe team members span four countries across North America and Europe.

Innovation happens at intersections. Our geographically-diverse team from Silicon Valley, Toronto, Zurich, and Bucharest brings a dynamic mix of skills, experience, and cultural perspectives.

We are excited to celebrate this milestone with all of you. Stay tuned for more!

The MeetVibe Crew

Monthly Roundup – July

Make the most of your summer! Warm weather and sunshine bring lots of get-togethers. MeetVibe is a social networking scheduling solution to stay in touch with people who matter most to you.

Why Scheduling is More Social than You Think

Lunch dates, business meetings, and social gatherings sound like random events, but they all share two things in common: personal interactions and scheduling.

We interact with others throughout our day. Some exchanges are spontaneous while at work or on the go. Other meetings are scheduled in advance by saving the date and confirming an appointment. We schedule many things from doctor’s appointments to training courses and from vacations to video conferences.

Read more about how MeetVibe helps you build meaningful connections by cultivating a social dynamic that reflects value for the relationship and mutual respect.

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Scheduling Fatigue? Blame your Email

Managers and employees have been well aware of the productivity drain caused by email for a long time. Back in 2006, CEO Scott Dockter of PBD Worldwide implemented an interesting company initiative: no email Friday. All internal communication took place in person or over the phone. Only customer service could answer external email inquires.

Email inefficiency is widely recognized, and how we address this issue depends on our work style. Some opt for absolutist measures while others allocate specific time simply for answering emails. We like to think that email is less and less necessary for things like scheduling. We share efficient methods to reduce your Email fatigue.

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Tip: MeetVibe Concierge

Increase your peace of mind with MeetVibe’s SMS service, Concierge, an add-on that automatically sends a text message to parties when you arrive at the meeting location. Using this feature, you demonstrate a higher level of courtesy by informing guests or clients the exact time you arrive.

MeetVibe Concierge

Get the MeetVibe Concierge add-on for $14.99 which includes a pack of 300 text messages.

Coming Soon

Our developers are working hard to implement your suggestions and bring new innovative features to life. Coming soon is our Around Me proximity technology. It will help you gain an increased awareness of your surroundings for spontaneous opportunities.

With Around Me you will be able to set your profile to public if you would like to connect with new people. Or keep your profile private so that only your followers can see you are nearby. Never miss an opportunity to meet someone new at an event or share a lunch or coffee with colleagues in the most popular work lunch restaurant.

Make the most of your time by sharing it with the ones who matter most to you.

As always, a heartfelt thanks to you all!

The MeetVibe Crew

 

Monthly Roundup – June

Events

June has already proven to be a busy month! In fact, we presented at a few important tech events, the first series of public appearances since launching our beta iOS app.

On June 6th, Mircea spoke to more than 500 attendees at TechToronto, a vibrant community that brings together tech leaders, innovators and enthusiasts. Catch his interactive session on When and Why to Trust the Wisdom of the Crowd on YouTube.

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On June 15, he also presented at the Big Data conference at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre, the number one hub for data professionals in Canada attended by over 2,500 professionals. Mircea shared his expertise on Small Devices, Big Data and Decision Making.

What’s New?

We are always trying to improve your experience. With our most recent app update, we have introduced push notifications and badges to help you stay on top of your schedule; know what’s new or what has changed!

Also, in the My Profile screen, you can now select which calendars will determine your MeetVibe availability; easily exclude the Holidays or Birthdays calendars to be available on those important days!

Tip

Did you know that you can also login to your MeetVibe account through your web browser? Change email settings, review followers and personalize your profile background. Then, put on your thinking cap. Help define the MeetVibe experience. Take the Survey Now.

Organize A Last Minute Party – Hassle Free

It is two only a few days until Independence Day and that party you promised to throw is not about to plan itself. Thankfully, you can still organize a fabulous 4th of July fête in a short amount of time – hassle free. Read More.

As always, a heartfelt thanks to you all!

Happy MeetVibing!