StartUpMonday #29: The New Social Networks you will Actually Want to be Part Of
Just when we thought that social media was reserved only for uploading selfies and ‘liking’ funny cat videos, these new startups are walking into our lives and shaking up the very definition of ‘social network’. Take a look at these apps that have managed to create online communities with their productive objectives:
Bizzabo Raises $4M for Event Planning App
When planning and coordinating an event there’s a lot to think about and a lot of people to please. Attendees are usually looking to make new, useful connections, sponsors want to have their presence be felt, and your team (including collaborators) want to feel that the event was a success. Bizzabo is an all-in-one event management platform which enables just this, giving professional organizers the tools to seamlessly pull off more successful events, and in turn, enjoy higher revenues.
Create a website, app, and ticket sales platform for your event within minutes thanks to the easy-to-use Bizzabo event management software. Maximize your marketing efforts by sending out emails, building up a social buzz, and creating a community of everyone involved in the event…all from within Bizzabo. On the actual day of the event the platform will be with you every step of the way, acting as a main tool for conducting everything smoothly…from communication with your team, to collecting tickets, to creating engagement with the audience and receiving feedback. Go to the event dashboard to see all the statistics you need to know at a glance, and identify areas which could be improved next time.
Launched in July 2012 by Eran Ben-Shushan, Alon Alroy, and Boaz Katz, Bizzabo is based in Tel Aviv but has additional offices in New York. The startup was the 2015 winner of “Best Event Management Software Award” and “People’s Choice Award Favorite Technology Supplier” at the Event Technology Awards. The company has raised $4M over 3 investment rounds.
Workey – The App set to Redefine the Networking World
In the working world we are constantly reminded the importance of networking in order to further our careers. As the phrase goes – “it’s not what you know, it’s who you know”. Most people, however, find traditional methods of networking tedious and false, and would rather find a more straightforward and modest method. This is where Workey comes in…the application that helps you explore new career opportunities and introduces you to the connections you need to realize them.
Whether you are passively seeking a more challenging position or are on a mission to take things forward with your career, Workey can help. Receive career suggestions based on your skills and work history and start matching your anonymous profile with endless opportunities. Workey claims that up to 30% of your friends on social platforms could hook you up with a better position. That’s a rather large number of potentially useful connections which we simply don’t use. Link via Facebook or another social network and see who from your social circles could help you on your path.
The Israeli startup received $1.6M in funding last year, and is now being used by some of the biggest names in tech, such as HP Software, EMC2, and Wix.
Keep Tabs on your Jetsetter Friends with FollowMe
Are you a member of airline staff constantly jetting off across the world and finding it hard to hold down social plans? If yes, then your life just got that bit easier. The Swiss app, FollowMe, lets you share your roster of flights with friends and family, letting them know where you will be and when so that you don’t need to individually notify everyone.
By accepting a friend request from someone you are giving them access to view your timetable, but apart from that nobody can view any of your data. Easily check if you have layovers in the same location as other airline colleagues, even if they work with different airlines. Not sure what to pack for your layover? FollowMe knows where you are going and will display the weather forecast for your upcoming destination. Currently the social network platform supports a specific list of airlines only, although this list is constantly expanding.
FollowMe was created by two copilots, who are also currently funding the project. The app is completely free to use but relies on in-app advertising to create a small revenue.