IRL: How the Right UX Can Create Real Human Connections

When it comes to human interactions and connections, technology should help us—not hinder us. Today, most technology we use to forge and deepen new and existing relationships doesn’t translate online connections into real face-to-face interactions. At MeetVibe, our driving goal is to look at instances where technology can help or augment human interactions. We want to give people better tools to enable real-time and real-life relationships among people who have something in common. We don’t want to simply help them accumulate online “friends.”

Take LinkedIn, for example. Everyone wants to have a thousand connections to broaden future job opportunities—but there’s nothing built into this platform to help bring people closer together. There’s no “real life engagement factor.” The same goes for most social networking sites. The technology is not designed with the aim of real human interactions. And when you do have two or more people who want to establish a meeting, there’s often a never-ending chain of messages to sort out the logistics of where and when to meet. This back-and-forth is often additionally fragmented through different calendar and communication tools. It may take 30 minutes to finally book a 30-minute meeting. Somewhere in the intention of networking and connecting, efficiency and productivity get lost. In today’s technological environment, this is unforgivable.

Activity doesn’t necessarily mean accomplishment. Attempting to schedule a meeting is tiring, and all that effort doesn’t guarantee you will get a positive outcome from it: You haven’t even met. At MeetVibe, we thought this was a significant enough issue that it warranted a serious effort to try to solve the problem. We wanted to create a more fluid approach to online interaction and eliminate the friction of evolving these connections into real-world meetings.

Activity doesn’t necessarily mean accomplishment. Attempting to schedule a meeting is tiring, and all that effort doesn’t guarantee you will get a positive outcome from it: You haven’t even met. At MeetVibe, we thought this was a significant enough issue that it warranted a serious effort to try to solve the problem. We wanted to create a more fluid approach to online interaction and eliminate the friction of evolving these connections into real-world meetings.

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Originally published in Upshot by Influitive.

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

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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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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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.

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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.



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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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.


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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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.

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Generating Synergies: A Conversation with TechPartners

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

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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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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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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.

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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.

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Neya Abdi
Content Writer and Editor

Carol Aebi
Chief Strategy Officer

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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.

The Present Social Media Landscape

Technology has been successful at extending our networks far and wide, but it has been less successful at enabling the depth of relationships we also seek. Recent trends show people are sharing less on websites like Facebook indicating a shift away from mass sharing platforms towards increasingly personal platforms with defined and intimate audiences, such as Snapchat or Instagram.

With all social media, users turn to a computer or mobile device to share information that can be viewed by their networks. We can like, comment, or share, but it is not necessary for two parties to be present at the same time to exchange information. As a result, people are maintaining these arms-length networks, but also looking to harness technology for more meaningful connections. Factors such as touch, tone, and shared experiences are human-to-human interactions that online social media cannot replace.

Social Networking and Social Capital

To understand how social networking technology is evolving, first consider why humans build and use their networks. Our networks impact our social standing and our ability to enjoy a higher quality of life. Sociologists refer to the beneficial and purposive power of relationships and interconnectivity as social capital. Both sociologists and psychologists have leveraged this concept of social capital to develop two different categories: bridging and bonding.

Bridging social capital refers to social networks that allow different groups to share and exchange information, ideas, and innovation. The groups represent diverse interests with interactions that are often superficial, coming together only when needed. On the other hand, bonding social capital refers to relationships between like-minded people who interact frequently and build strong ties.

Dr. Larry Rosen of the Washington Post writes that the connections we form over social media largely consist of bridging social capital while those we cultivate in the real world constitute bonding social capital.

Social media creates an interface between the people as a bridge: human → social media platform (bridge) ← human. Technology is adapting to get the platform out of the middle by tapping into the expansiveness of digital social networking while creating the conditions for both bridging and the more intimate prerequisites of building bonding social capital.

So, how can technology improve the way we meet people? Suppose you are attending an event and wish to network, but do not know who to talk to. Walking up to a random stranger and beginning a conversation is not always welcomed. New phone-to-phone discovery technology is offering the information, confidence, and opportunity for people to meet the right people at the right time.

The MeetVibe app lets you view the profile of others in your direct proximity providing the information about who they are and what they want to talk about. Because they have set their profile to Public it is viewable giving you the confidence to know they are open to meeting new people – now. Proximity technology ensures you are only being alerted to people who are nearby and accessible, giving you the opportunity to connect.

This type of bridging technology enables direct human ↔ human bridging for social interaction.

Successful networkers know that it is not enough to just collect contact information.

And technology is advancing to provide us with the seamless instant access to the people who matter most.

Calendar availability viewing means we can see instantly when others are available to come together. Now, friends, family, and colleagues will only suggest times when we are actually free. No more wasting time on the back and forth of scheduling.

We call this creating social synergies: social technology providing optimizing solutions to achieve more with fewer resources. Focus on the interaction to make the most of your time!

Our current generation of social media and social networking has done a terrific job of building our networks wider and now technology is also taking us deeper into building meaningful relationships.

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