Does the mere mention of “networking” make you flinch? Perhaps you scan LinkedIn or Facebook profiles before reaching out to someone, but sending that first message to a stranger can feel a bit awkward. A popular new app now makes professional networking more fun, efficient and possible through a simple swipe of your finger.
What is Shapr?
Shapr is a Tinder-like mobile app (minus the romantic element) that offers a new approach to meeting like-minded people outside of your existing circles. Whether you’re a new expat in town, an entrepreneur scouting for potential partners, or a student seeking career advice, Shapr makes networking seamless and more meaningful.
The app was created as a platform to exchange ideas and meet inspiring people because its founders believe that each new serendipitous encounter is a unique source of inspiration and opportunity. There’s no virtual world substitute for dynamic human interaction.
Why should I use Shapr?
Shapr helps you save time connecting with like-minded individuals. You can use the app as a tool to find other people near you with mutual professional and personal interests, start a conversation with them and eventually arrange a face-to-face meeting.
“Our goal is not to get your business card into the hands of as many people as possible. At Shapr, our goal is to spark meaningful, mutually beneficial conversations that evolve into long-term relationships.”
– Ludovic Huraux, co-founder & CEO, Shapr
“We believe that every conversation should be approached with an open mind, a curious attitude, and an eagerness to help others learn and succeed, ” says Ludovic Huraux, co-founder and CEO of Shapr.
How Shapr Works:
Setting up your Shapr profile is quick if you’re already a LinkedIn user. Once you download the free app and connect to your LinkedIn account, your job title, photo and basic information automatically populate the app. You can also sign up with your email address.
Then, add up to 10 professional and personal interests ( #Marketing, #Startups, #Tennis, #Yoga …), a short biography to explain what types of connections you’re looking for (a co-founder, ideas & inspiration, mentoring … ) and your favorite ways to meet (coffee, breakfast, after work …) It’s as simple as that.
Each time you open the app, Shapr‘s intelligent algorithm uses your tagged interests, location, and professional experience to suggest up to 15 profiles each day. You choose who you want to meet by swiping left to pass or swiping right to connect with someone.
All interactions are anonymous until both parties swipe right. You’ll be notified if “It’s a Match” via email and push notifications or in real time on your screen. Next, it’s up to you to start the conversation or arrange to meet in person. It takes just about a minute or two of your time and the app learns from your choices to improve future suggestions.
Ludovic Huraux, the CEO and co-founder of Shapr, who was also behind the successful French dating app Attractive World, says:
“Today people are looking for meaning. It is when they step out of their comfort zone to go towards others that they realize all the crazy opportunities in their lives. ”
With teams based in Paris and New York, the app has over 600,000 users in the US, France and the UK, and they plan to add more locations in the future. To ensure that the quality of users and matches is consistently high, Shapr’s moderators carefully review new profiles. Users are also encouraged to report any misuse of the app, such as inappropriate or spammy messages.
So, if you’re looking to connect with someone you don’t know yet regarding a business project you need help on, a dream job, or just to meet other professionals who share your vision and passion, the opportunity is now available at your fingertips.