Humin Wants to Replace Your Contacts App

August 22, 2014

12:22 pm

There is nothing more awkward than meeting someone again and not remembering their name and barely their face. For some reason, in business we are constantly networking and meeting people, yet we are expected to remember everyone we meet. If it were up to San Francisco-based Humin, you shouldn’t have to remember, but your smartphone most definitely should!

Humin is a mobile app that sorts all your contacts based on how you actually met the person. It remembers the context of your relationships and lets you search them the way you think. The app is launching in Miami this week.

There haven’t been too many feature changes for the smartphone’s contact list – for some reason, it’s the least evolved. Humin sorts your contacts the way people naturally meet each other rather than relying on one giant alphabetical list. By integrating with your calendar, geolocation, and social media sites like Facebook and LinkedIn, the app is able to build the unique context and strength of your contacts.

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Humin is not an add-on app but a replacement for your contacts app rather than the one built into iOS. It not only sorts your contacts in a smarter matter, but also allows you to make calls and send texts or emails to contacts from within the app. Basically, the more you use the app, the more it understands how you use your phone.

Humin analyzes contact data to try to give users more relevant information. “The goal is to remember someone the way you do,” said Humin’s CEO Ankur Jain in a recent interview.

One feature that I personally liked was Humin’s ability to sort contacts by location, so when you arrive in a new city, you can quickly find out which of your friends live there (skip the Facebook status update).

Although the app has launched nationwide, there will be a special Miami launch in the upcoming week.

“Miami is an international business and cultural hub. It was a clear choice to launch here due to Miami’s proximity to Latin America and the strong culture built around hospitality and real estate development. We also wanted to bring awareness  and get involved in the thriving arts and tech culture surrounding Wynwood and Midtown. I grew up here. It’s been amazing watching this city transform over the years,” co-founder Jonathan Shriftman a Miami native.

At this point in time, Humin is only available on the iPhone App Store. The application is completely free for users to download as well.


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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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