Carol Aebi, Mircea Baldean

Make the Most of Your Graduate School Experience

Graduate school programs such as an MBA can provide the advanced skills required to take a career to the next level. They not only offer academic knowledge but also peer interaction to test ideas, hone abilities and gain insights into one another’s strengths. Building and nourishing a strong academic network can form a valuable circle of influence to provide a pool of knowledge and sounding boards for challenging career moments. Academic networking can build upon the theoretical benefits of a graduate degree when applied within practical professional arenas for a lifetime of learning.

Robert Kennedy College (RKC) in Zürich, Switzerland, hosts and manages the online portion of master’s level programs. A notable advantage of the RKC combined online and residency program is the global network of professionals from several universities interacting in the online forums and Campus Café. With over 5,000 students from 130 different countries, the opportunity to build an international professional network is exceptional. These interactions are not only virtual; students also meet face-to-face while attending their residencies.

The Masters level programs bring mid- to senior- level professionals with wide ranging experience and geographical locations together. Within a traditional university, students are all living and working in the city or region. However, at RKC, students live and work in their home country, bringing their local perspectives into each discussion and lesson. Students learn how to effectively collaborate and achieve results within remote working groups. In an ever more international world, developing this flexibility is a unique skill.

Robert Kennedy College students and alumni are able to network with thousands of others opening access and creating career opportunities that otherwise may have been missed.

One example of such post academic business collaboration is Mircea Baldean, MBA, alumni from the University of Wales/Robert Kennedy College program and Carol Aebi, MBA, alumni from the University of Cumbria/Robert Kennedy College program. Carol and Mircea interacted through the RKC online forum then stayed connected after graduation. When Mircea was developing a new business idea, he tapped into his university network for validation and concept development, engaging Carol for her start-up strategic expertise. The two also partner with Gabriel, a Silicon Valley-based geospatial technologist, and their business MeetVibe, Inc. was founded. From Zurich to Toronto to San Francisco, the team works remotely but in a very cohesive and collaborative manner, a valuable skill developed through the RKC program.

RKC Alumni and MeetVibe founders – Mircea Baldean and Carol Aebi, joined by co-founder Gabriel Paun (left) at Web Summit 2017

Their app is the next evolution of social technology, creatively layering IoT interactions with market-validated social technologies into a unified platform. Last year they released the MeetVibe beta for iOS. Students from across programs joined in. Influences such as Asad Imam, Mohamud A. Verjee, Slobodan Bogovac, Joyce Njeri, and Jeremy Hewitt all provided guidance and spread the word. With a network of support, in January 2017 the beta for Android was released.

MeetVibe launched their business offer in July 2017 at the largest tech conference in Asia, and participated in the Web Summit, the biggest tech conference in the world held in Lisbon in November 2017.

Are you maximizing your professional networking opportunities and tapping into this talent pool?

It is not enough to simply collect a list of names or link social media profiles. Meaningful relationships extend beyond the online environment and are built with time and attention. Carol and Mircea’s MeetVibe app can help. Sign up today and share calendar availability and social media profiles with fellow students and alumni. Schedule a virtual meeting, call or get-together to develop valuable relationships.

Make the most of your graduate school experience – build a global professional network to support your success!

 

Originally published by Robert Kennedy College

A Friend Is a Gift You Give to Yourself

With 2017 drawing to a close, we’re taking a minute to say ‘thank you for joining us’!

We value our relationship and look forward to staying in touch in the year to come. And we want you to stay in touch with more of your friends!

We have a present for you: get a free premium membership upgrade now. 

MeetVibe Linchpin lets you check the availability of up to 25 members, side by side. Instantly see when everyone is free to avoid rescheduling and get the best turnout for your get-together.

Cheers to great people, bright ideas, and fabulous memories!

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Happy New Year!

The MeetVibe Team

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MeetVibe Synergy – December 2017

Accomplishments come out of good relationships. November proved to be a very busy month with the MeetVibe co-founders roaming around Europe.

Read and watch on…


Lisbon, Portugal

The Web Summit

“A Gathering Rather than a Conference” -Forbes Magazine

Web Summit, “the largest tech conference in the world” (Inc. magazine) held in in November in Lisbon, Portugal not disappoint. We had the opportunity to showcase our proximity solutions, and we connected with innovators and inventors on the cutting edge of the tech space, making promising new connections. Scroll to the bottom to watch our new video!

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Luxembourg, Luxembourg

Luxembourg Internet Days

“We’re happy to listen to any ideas!” -Xavier Bettel, Prime Minister of Luxembourg

Our second leg of the European journey continued with another premier event – Luxembourg Internet Days. Thanks to its thriving ecosystem, Luxembourg is an emerging hub for entrepreneurs with great ideas who want to launch or accelerate their start-ups.

MeetVibe was part of a select group of Canadian companies profiled front and centre during the event. We had the pleasure of greeting Xavier Bettel, the Prime Minister of the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg, and Olivier Nicoloff, Canada’s Ambassador to our booth!


Toronto, Canada

Mobile Growth Toronto

“A good product is what’s left after you make every possible experiment.” – @baldean

There is no better way to share our growth story, than at an industry night meetup. #MobileGrowth Toronto brought together leading names such as 500px, Foodora and Taplytics. And, nothing goes better with panel discussions about mobile marketing and product questions than pizza, soft-drinks and beer. We extend a big thank you out to Elizabeth, Cynthia and Tae of Branch for arranging an insightful evening!


Online

“Around You”

See the Around Me proximity discovery feature in action at Web Summit!

Thank you,

The MeetVibe Team

 

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5 Tips to Lose the Awkward and Master Networking

We all know the power of networking. It’s how many of us land our first job, find a business partner and broaden our horizons on life.

But for many, networking doesn’t come easy. Walking into a room full of strangers can be daunting whether you’re an introvert or extrovert. Doubt, uncertainty and fear can easily creep in and sabotage your best efforts.

Making the most of any event takes a bit of practice. Malcolm Archer, our Business Development Manager at Wavefront offers up some tips and tricks he’s learned over the years. Use these pointers to lose the awkward and apply them next time you’re working a crowd!
1) Have a goal when going to any event

Examples of goals can be: Make new friends, find Project Managers, find fellow curling enthusiasts, find out what’s happening in a particular industry, identify prospects, etc. By having a goal it gives you a go-to topic of conversation. Don’t be afraid to share your goal, you never know who can make an introduction!

2) Set a time limit

I try and average 5-7 minutes. Chances are the person you are talking to is also there to network and being in a conversation with someone for 20+ minutes does neither of you any favours. According to a Microsoft study, most people’s attention span is around 8-12 seconds. Highly interesting conversations should be noted and followed-up on within 48 hours so you can pick them back up while they’re fresh and in a more dedicated setting.

3) Be genuinely interested in other people

This one is taken straight from Dale Carnegie, and he says it best: “If you aspire to be a good conversationalist, be an attentive listener. To be interesting, be interested. Ask questions that other people will enjoy answering. Encourage them to talk about themselves and their accomplishments.”

4) Don’t be afraid to end a conversation

If you start feeling like a conversation has run its course, odds are the other person feels it as well. The easiest way to end a conversation is to thank that person for their time and tell them you will follow-up with them. Try not to make an excuse for leaving – this cheapens the interaction. Especially don’t say something like “Oh hey look it’s Mike, I haven’t seen him in forever!” This makes the person whom you are with feel less important. Simply thank them and move on.

5) Have fun!

Humans, in my limited experience, are quite perceptive. If you’re stressed or anxious, it’s easily displayed. Try and relax and enjoy the moment. Talking to people doesn’t come naturally so the more you practice, the more fun and easy it becomes.

 

Originally published by Elise Varley on WaveFront.

Meeting at Web Summit?

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.

We are excited to participate in the Web Summit, which is billed as “the largest tech conference in the world” by Inc. magazine.

Leaders from the world’s most influential companies and most innovative startups will come to Lisbon for three days of networking to share their stories and experiences. Also participating are major global media, hundreds of investors and 60,000+ attendees.

MeetVibe is a combination of social and sensor technologies bringing contextual information to you. Learn more about our Mobile and IoT capabilities:

  • For Event Organizers
    Engage participants and increase networking value without the cost of building your own app;
  • For Venues
    Digitize your space, take it from concrete to IoT driven interactions;
  • For Education
    Help students, administration and faculty be part of a tech-smart academic community.

Drop by our booth A-923 for more details and some delicious Swiss chocolate! Feel free to locate us or schedule a meeting using the MeetVibe iOS/Android app.

We look forward to seeing you at Web Summit, Alpha Section on November 9!

 

Mircea Baldean
Founder and
Chief Executive Officer

Carol Aebi
Co-founder and
Chief Strategy Officer

Gabriel Paun
Co-founder and
Chief Operating Officer

 

 

 

 

The Attack on White-label Clones and the Importance of Branded Apps

“A brand is what people think of you.”

I wrote down this line 15 years ago while attending presentation by brand coach Ted Matthews.

Business owners are often juggling many activities and there is rarely enough time in the day to do them all well. With white-labeling, an external vendor provides the quality digital experience that is presented under your brand name.

White-labeled digital services and apps have became an efficiency standard across the event industry. Over 40% of event planners use event apps. And over 80% of the participants polled in a recent study by Endless Events said that they use an event app, becoming an expected part of the attendee experience.

However this is About to Change

Recent updates to Apple’s App Review Guidelines will will not only impact the event app space, but also multi-million dollar companies in white-label ride sharing and B2B app development companies. As of June, Apple started to ban apps created from a commercialized white-label app templates or app generation services.

Two Apple iOS 11 changes to App Review Guidelines that potentially impact on mobile event apps are:

  • Section 4.2.6: “Apps created from a commercialized template or app generation service will be rejected.”
  • Section 4.3: “Don’t create multiple Bundle IDs of the same app. If your app has different versions for specific locations, sports teams, universities, etc., consider submitting a single app…”

So What Can You Do?
Apple is moving into the right direction by promoting a universal, branded app model. However, if you are currently using a white-labeled app for your next event, this sudden change may have provided an unexpected headache. MeetVibe provides a branded universal alternative to the expense of creating your own app now that white labeling is under attack.

With MeetVibe you can deliver the latest agenda or registration guidance directly to participants phones as they enter the venue. Or broadcast Twitter and Instagram photos live during the event for them to share. The MeetVibe app takes your contextual information and delivers it directly to the participants’ mobile phones.

The app also helps people attending your event meet others with similar interests, and as such, powerful synergies and opportunities may arise. Attendees can use the same app across multiple events, without the need of creating yet a new social profile, or downloading a one-time use app. And most importantly they can schedule follow-ups to retain valuable, meaningful contacts.

MeetVibe Takes Networking Further

We help you Connect the Right People at the Right Time with our IoT technology. MeetVibe combines social networking features with sensor technologies into a platform that not only offers people-to-people connections, but also seamlessly interacts with the environment: a single robust app serving different event opportunities, while still retaining strong, contextual customization of content.

The MeetVibe app is available for both iPhone and Android. Enjoy features like Around Me phone-to-phone people discovery, side-by-side Calendar Availability viewing, or Concierge text message arrival notifications across both mobile platforms — in any situation.

The untapped potential of our social environments is incredible. Whether it’s the lecture hall or the conference hall, MeetVibe can be helpful wherever there are introductions to be made and ideas to be shared.

Join us today or request a demo of our Business platform to build meaningful relationships within your communities.

 

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MeetVibe Synergy – September 2017

At MeetVibe, we believe in creating synergies, so we have decided to rename our newsletter and blog from the MeetVibe – Roundup to the MeetVibe Synergy!

Synergy is the interaction of two or more people where their combined effect is greater than the sum of individual efforts.

Why are we here? We love:

  • Connecting the right people in real time
  • Building meaningful relationships
  • Achieving more with less effort

Do we vibe? Read on…


Growth

Business Success from RISEConf

In July, global entrepreneurs, investors and innovators gathered in Hong Kong for Asia’s largest tech conference – RISE.

MeetVibe had the opportunity to showcase our product with a booth and took the stage for an investor pitch. We are pleased to say that, as one of the conference’s Alpha start-ups, our push into Asia is taking root. Through introductions facilitated at RISE, MeetVibe has secured, and continues to build, valuable regional business relationships.

KW Group are global leaders in exhibitions, conferences & services to connect, promote and facilitate international trade & economic development. MeetVibe will be the networking partner at the upcoming Global Trade Development Week Major Edition to be held in Dubai from October 30th to November 1st.

We are also excited to announce our partnership with Delegate, Asia’s best marketing platform for event management companies.

Next stops:

  • Web Summit, Lisbon from November 7-9, The Largest Tech Conference in the World;
  • Luxembourg Internet Days on November 14-15 where Canada will be front and center during the whole event and positive synergies will be highlighted to encourage transcontinental collaborations.

Talk to us about adding MeetVibe for Business for your next conference. Make your event memorable!

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Tip

Why Do We Use Bluetooth for Around Me?

Did you know that Bluetooth is one of the most efficient ways for your phone to connect and interact with other devices? Unlike the GPS feature, the Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE) technology ensures that your battery will not be drained when enabling this feature.

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Community

Moving on Up

Back in June, the MeetVibe app just broke into Top 500 Social Networking apps in Canada, according to app intelligence service SensorTower.

In just three months, we moved up into the Top 150 Social Networking apps in the Canadian App Store!

 

Thank you,
The MeetVibe Team

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Business Success from RISEConf

Expanding MeetVibe’s Footprint in the APAC and EMEA Regions

In July, global entrepreneurs, investors and innovators gathered in Hong Kong for Asia’s largest tech conference – RISE.

Our goals were to launch the business portal and gain a sense of the marketability for entrance into the Asian market. Many people have asked if it was worth it to travel to Asia for the launch of a predominantly North American product and our response is, “Yes, it was definitely worth attending.” The regional business atmosphere was very eager to try new things, receptive and enthusiastic.

MeetVibe had the opportunity to showcase our product with a booth and took the stage for an investor pitch. We are pleased to say that, as one of the conference’s Alpha start-ups, our push into Asia is taking root. Through introductions facilitated at RISE, MeetVibe has secured, and continues to build, valuable regional business relationships.

KW Group are global leaders in exhibitions, conferences & services to connect, promote and facilitate international trade & economic development. MeetVibe will be the networking partner at the upcoming Global Trade Development Week Major Edition to be held in Dubai from October 30th to November 1st. More than 1,500 business leaders will join the largest cross-border business facilitation event of 2017. True to our mission to connect the right people at the right time, we look forward to making networking more effective during the 3-day conference and exhibition.

We are also excited to announce our partnership with Delegate, Asia’s best marketing platform for event management companies. They are a free-to-use online platform that allows event managers to discover, compare and hire the best event vendors, within minutes. If you are looking to increase your event’s networking value, you can now include MeetVibe’s proximity marketing services directly through the Delegate platform »

Help your attendees save time and ease introductions to get conversations off to a meaningful start!

Next stops:

  • Web Summit, Lisbon from November 7-9, The Largest Tech Conference in the World;
  • Luxembourg Internet Days on November 14-15 where Canada will be front and center during the whole event and positive synergies will be highlighted to encourage transcontinental collaborations.

Talk to us about adding MeetVibe for Business for your next conference. Make your event memorable!

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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!