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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

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.

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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.

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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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.