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Take Business Cards Into The 21st Century With elloBEE.

Networking is an essential part of being a startup founder. With meetups happening worldwide and the startup community growing rapidly, any founder who doesn’t network is probably going to sink pretty fast in the sea that is Startuplandia.

And the business card is the number one tool for any networker. It’s also an ancient inconvenience that has been cluttering up wallets, creating waste, and generally not doing what it’s supposed to have done for years. Sure, there are those master networkers out there who have alphabetized Rolodexes (Rolodexes still exist, right? Am I just totally dating myself here?) full of every card they’ve ever gotten, complete with notes on the encounter.

But those people are the people the rest of us hate, because we know we will never be so together as them.

For the rest of us, the card forgetters and card losers and people too young to have ever even heard of a Rolodex, there’s elloBEE, the 21st-century evolution of the business card.

The app is simple: first step is creating an elloCARD that highlights your skills and your brand. The look is clean, harkening back to sites like LinkedIn with a simple, professional profile that anyone would be happy to share.

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Business cards on elloBEE can be shared app to app (with other people who have elloBEE), or via email, SMS, or a unique QR code. The app also saves all of your elloCARDs so that you don’t have to worry about Rolodexes or which pocket in your wallet you’re going to stash physical cards away in, only to never look at them again.

Another feature of elloBEE that is 100% 21st century is the ability to use their Map View feature to find other skilled people worldwide. You can also make introductions between contacts, see your contacts’ contacts, and network a bunch of different ways, directly in-app.

It’s a whole professional network, attached directly to you business card.

Paper is so 20th century, and when you consider the fact that you don’t do anything else on paper these days, using paper business cards seems especially silly. Get your network in order – and never lose a contact again – with elloBEE.

Read the original post, here on KillerStartups. Published on December 5, 2014.


elloBEE transforms the way you network

elloBEE founded by Tirthal Patel, is designed with ‘Lean Thinking’ and is an efficient, seamless, and a simple tool for seeking out talented individuals with the right skill sets, at the right time, anywhere, on-the-go, while also serving as a business card replacement.  elloBEE provides the means to leverage your network, a capability not achievable by using business cards. Furthermore, elloBEE provides an ‘active networking approach’, a capability not viable in other networking tools.

Tirthal Patel is an Engineer and a serial Entrepreneur from Cornell University (2006) and a seasoned industry engineer/consultant professional from some of the world’s most admired companies such as, Toyota, General Atomics Aeronautical, and A.T. Kearney.

“Having traveled either for work or for pleasure, it was never too difficult to be in a situation where a potential business contact or an acquaintance is introduced at the oddest of places, only to discover a pocket empty of business cards and a potential loss of a great networking opportunity” Says Tirthal.

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Being a serial entrepreneur and a passionate problem solver, a solution was in the works to eliminate waste, achieve greater efficiency in active networking, add value to the end-user, and ultimately help the environment by saving countless trees. The solution ultimately yielded elloBEE, with a goal to actively Network Efficiently.

“One of the biggest hurdles was figuring out how to eliminate waste from the customer’s point of view by creatively thinking about providing an efficient design that is practical, functional, and seamless.” he adds.

Although there are many tools for networking, none offers an ‘active networking approach’ as simple as handing a business card to exchange valuable information. In the modern age, however, with fast paced lifestyle and the need for efficiency, business cards, also do not provide the level of efficiency and capability of leveraging one’s own network to grow globally.

Unlike business cards or other ‘passive’ networking tools, elloBEE is designed with ‘Lean Thinking’ to eliminate waste in networking by providing a natural evolutionary next step to the ‘active networking approach’ by incorporating instant electronic exchange of information/skill-sets in real-time while providing capabilities to leverage and expand network on a global scale. Therefore, elloBEE can be used to leverage your network and ‘actively’ seek out skilled individuals anywhere, anytime, on-the-go without the need to carry, collect, manage, worry about losing, or forgetting business cards at a networking event or any other event/place.

How is elloBEE different?

Other mobile applications have tackled the problem of simplifying the process of managing business cards by scanning and creating an electronic contact. However, they do not provide capability to search skilled individuals through an ‘active’ networking approach or seamlessly introduce multiple contacts to each other using the app and do not completely eliminate the need for business cards.

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elloBEE aims to lead the way in how individuals go about networking and share unique skills, seamlessly and efficiently. Currently, 10 billion business cards are printed in USA alone every year, while 90% of business cards are thrown within a week. Furthermore, other popular networking tools are ‘passive’, fairly time-consuming, inefficient, and provide little value in finding the right skilled individuals, at the right time, anywhere, anytime, on-the-go, in real-time. elloBEE aims to address the ‘passive networking approach’ of other networking tools and the inefficiencies of using business cards by providing a platform that creates value and supports an ‘active networking approach’, seamlessly and efficiently. elloBEE is designed to cater to any individual with a mobile device that is looking to seek out skilled individuals, professionally or personally.

General Audience from various backgrounds. As well as professionals looking to efficiently network with other professionals globally.

elloBEE is currently free to download with a plan for various future growth strategies such as, in-app purchases and a personalized advertisement platform for monetization.

Website: http://ellobee.com

Read the original post, here on Startup Dope. Published on November 27, 2014.


AlleyWatch

This NYC Startup Just Gave the Business Card a Space Lift

Card reader, not a mind reader.

Here’s the thing: you go to a networking event. You meet people. You exchange business cards. You scan them later, or you add them to that growing pile on your desk. But the question is: can a paper business card give you the information that you really need? Like, information besides name, company, contact information? Paper? Really? In the information age? Even a card reader isn’t a mind reader.

Enter elloBEE, a simple, seamless, efficient way to connect with people – and know just who they are, and what their skills are. At the right time, anywhere, in real time.

And face it: what is networking all about, at the end of the day? It’s about meeting people, connecting, and finding the right fit. Or that needle in a haystack who just happened to cross your path.

Not only does elloBEE give you the information you need. No more ordering business cards, or forgetting them back at the office. Founder Tirthal Patel tells us more about this service that’s putting efficient networking into the cards.

Tell us about the product.
elloBEE is designed with ‘Lean Thinking’ and is an efficient, seamless, and a simple tool for seeking out talented individuals with the right skill sets, at the right time, anywhere, on-the-go, while also serving as a business card replacement. elloBEE provides the means to leverage your network, a capability not achievable by using business cards. Furthermore, elloBEE provides an ‘active networking approach’, a capability not viable in other networking tools.

How is it different?
Although there are many tools for networking, none offers an ‘active networking approach’ as simple as handing a business card to exchange valuable information. In the modern age, however, with fast paced lifestyle and the need for efficiency, business cards, also do not provide the level of efficiency and capability of leveraging one’s own network to grow globally. Unlike business cards or other passive networking tools, elloBEE is designed with ‘Lean Thinking’ to eliminate waste in networking by providing a natural evolutionary next step to the ‘active networking approach’ by incorporating instant electronic exchange of information/skill-sets in real-time while providing capabilities to leverage and expand network on a global scale.

What market are you attacking and how big is it?
elloBEE aims to lead the way in how individuals go about networking and share unique skills, seamlessly and efficiently. Currently, 10 billion business cards are printed in USA alone every year, while 90% of business cards are thrown within a week.1 Furthermore, other popular networking tools are ‘passive’, fairly time consuming, inefficient, and provide little value in finding the right skilled individuals, at the right time, anywhere, anytime, on-the-go, in real-time. elloBEE aims to address the ‘passive networking approach’ of other networking tools and the inefficiencies of using business cards by providing a platform that creates value and supports an ‘active networking approach’, seamlessly and efficiently. 

What is the business model?
elloBEE is currently free to download with a plan for various future growth strategies such as, in-app purchases and advertisement platform for monetization. Ultimately, we believe in providing value to the end user/customer.

According to your data, how much time will this save us at a typical networking event?
elloBEE will save time, cost of buying business cards, and ultimately trees. The actual savings will vary per individual, depending on the usage frequency of business cards and time spent on other networking tool(s) used to seek out skilled individuals. However, the exchange of information via elloBEE app is instantaneous taking no more than a second. Additionally, elloBEE can be used to leverage your network and ‘actively’ seek out skilled individuals anywhere, anytime, on-the-go. With elloBEE there is no need to carry, collect, manage, worry about losing, or forgetting business cards at a networking event or any other event/place.

What are the milestones that you plan to achieve within six months?
Within six months, we aim to start monetizing through implementation of various strategies. Additionally, we aim to incorporate other value-added features to an already efficient base version of elloBEE. We will also be looking to develop an Android version in the future.

If you could be put in touch with one investor in the New York community who would it be and why?
We are currently 100% bootstrapped; however, we would prefer to be in touch with Union Square Ventures, given that they have a wide variety of funded companies in the portfolio, which would provide great value for potentially leveraging their network and wide array of expertise.

Why did you launch in New York?
We are based in the New York area primarily, since it provides limitless possibilities of meeting different people with unique skills and with unique backgrounds. We believe this combinatorial complexity of networking in New York City is great for testing the robustness and value of elloBEE. Thus far, it has been a positive experience showing elloBEE to others and the value it provides to everyone’s busy lifestyle. 

Where’s your favorite place to network/drink south of 42nd Street?
Favorite place to network thus far is Gansevoort Park Rooftop.

Read the original post, here on AlleyWatch. Published on November 4, 2014.