Caliber, WhatsApp for Professionals Looking to Network

March 27, 2015

7:00 am

We’ve all heard that it’s often not what you know but who you know to get ahead. As it turns out, when it comes to finding a job, that may be truer than what we’d hope. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, 70 percent of all jobs are found through networking. Companies like LinkedIn help people create an online professional identity, but how do we efficiently engage with a growing network?

New York-based startup Caliber wants to make networking more productive by connecting people with the right person within their network. The messaging app allows users to instantly chat with business contacts that are relevant to your immediate professional need. For example, if you need advice, connect with the right mentor.

“It’s very important to have a strong professional network to be productive and successful in your job. The right person can offer advice that’s time sensitive. The right person can tailor advice exactly to your situation. The right person can connect you to a life changing opportunity,” Andres Blank, Co-founder and CEO at Caliber.

Believe it or not, how organized is your network is can become an indicator of your net-worth. In another words, if you know who to contact at the right time, it will help you immensely when it comes to the advancement of your career. We spend a lot of time meeting people, taking pictures of their business cards, and then connecting with them later. It’s difficult to search through contacts and figure out who can help you. Caliber integrates with your LinkedIn account, and curates your business contacts by skills, companies they’ve worked in and location.

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Blank noticed the need for this service in his previous startup:

“The company got its start based on my previous experience with Pixable. I was in charge of hiring, finding investors, contacting journalists and establishing partnerships with media companies. It was very time consuming and frustrating having to make all these contact searches and composing a lot of emails to be able to get positive results. On top of this I faced the challenge of building a network in NY from scratch having migrated from Venezuela.”

Caliber launched this week and is available on iOS and Android.

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Camila has been heavily active in South Florida’s tech startup community, where she is a co-host of a local radio show called pFunkcast. Camila previously worked at Greenpeace International and the Organization of the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) in various communication roles. A proud Brazilian who spent most of he life in Peru, she is passionate about traveling and documentaries.

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