Make Every Conversation Matter at Your Next Networking Event with TappedIn

March 9, 2012

1:33 pm

There’s no doubt that professional networking could work better.  At least that’s the premise behind the new wave of web and mobile apps aiming to make the experience more efficient.  Earlier this week it was Shortlist.

Today it’s TappedIn.

In a nutshell, Zainab Zaki, TappedIn co-founder, promises that her service will “make every conversation matter.”

Because, as it is, not every conversation does matter.  There’s an excessive amount of small talk, time spent trying to wrap up dead-end conversations, and thought energy spent on who you should be talking to.  “This is something we’ve been working on for the last three and a half years,” says Zaki.  “The key finding of our research was that building trust is the most important part of the networking process. Our service expedites that process.  We cut out the bullshit.”

To use the TappedIn service, first register your event with Eventbrite and answer a few of their registration questions.  The day leading up to the event, the user will receive a list of other attendees the service predicts would be worth connecting to based on the answers to your questions and LinkedIn profile.  The user can easily e-mail or send a message through the TappedIn mobile app.  At last, the bullshit has been removed.

The DC-based startup is co-founded by the aforementioned Zaki, who has more than three years experience at Capgemini Consulting, and Dahyu Patel, whose resume includes a stint as the chief technology architect for DC Homeland Security.  Although the team hasn’t received any outside funding to date, they are currently seeking a seed/angel round of funding for $300K.   Come check out the TappedIn team tomorrow, as they’re one of our featured startups at the Tech Cocktail SXSW #StartupLife Celebration.

Editor’s Note: Thank you to Vitrue, a sponsor of our #Startuplife Celebration and Tech Cocktail’s special SXSW video series. Check out Vitrue’s live daily updates from SXSW!

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When Zach Davis isn’t getting lost in the mountains, he is hustling from Boulder, CO as Tech Cocktail’s Director of Marketing. He is the author of Appalachian Trials, a book chronicling the mindset necessary for thru-hiking all 2,181 miles of the Appalachian Trail, a feat he accomplished in 2011. Zach is a green tea enthusiast, die-hard Chicago sports fan, and avid concert-goer. Follow Zach on Twitter: @zrdavis.

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