Sometimes the idea of meeting new people can seem daunting, and it’s hard to figure out where to start. To help jumpstart this process, here are four apps that solve some common network/networking problems:
“I can’t find the resources/help I need to grow my business.”
Entrepreneur Finder helps businesses develop by building bridges between business and people’s interests. “After creating a profile, users will have free access to contact other members and to take advantage of the user search and matching features. Members also gain free access to the site’s public groups, private business and university groups, a Q&A section, current news, and other helpful resources.”
“Networking events are great but not targeted enough.”
Through Tapped In, the database matches attendees with other attendees who have similar interests before the event. That way, “you will never have to rely on serendipity to make that one solid connection. You will never have to walk up to a stranger and have a cold conversation. They already know you!”
“I need to expand my network but don’t like formal group events.”
Grub With Us has a more casual way of going about networking. As they put it, “you already paid, so just show up, eat and socialize!”
Lastly, we have a site inspired by Keith, LunchMeet- an app to Never Eat Alone. It works through your LinkedIn account so all you have to do is “let the app know when you will be available to meet and where, search for other professionals in your area who are also available within the same timeslot, and invite them to a lunchmeet!”
These four apps allow for stress-free networking. Have you ever used any of them? What have your experiences been like? Yay or Nay?
Ritu Walia is myGreenlight’s Member Coordinator.