A new app called HiHello is using purpose at business playing cards. When loads of applications in the earlier have experimented with to destroy the business card, they in no way obtained critical mass. Predominantly, this is because most required that both of those parties — the business card holder and receiver — have their app installed. HiHello is different. Alternatively of forcing every person to obtain its app, it simply just generates a QR code that can be scanned by everyone with a modern-day smartphone.
HiHello particularly can take benefit of the reality that today’s smartphones now have QR code visitors built in — people no lengthier need to have to obtain a individual QR code scanner app to trade facts around this format.
On Apple iphone, you can use the indigenous iOS Camera app to scan QR codes. And on Android, Google Lens (a element of Google Assistant) offers identical features. (Despite the fact that this need to really be in its camera, as well, ahem.)
What this usually means is that when a HiHello person wants to share their contact facts with one more individual, all they need to have to do is have the receiver scan the QR code the HiHello app generates. The receiver doesn’t have to obtain or put in something, and is able to promptly save the contact facts right into their phone’s deal with book.
HiHello also makes it possible for you to produce different types of playing cards with different facts on them.
For example, you could have one particular card for your business, one particular for your facet hustle and one particular for personalized connections. This way, you can continue to keep some of your facts private, as needed.
You could produce a card without having your cell quantity for all those contacts you didn’t want to be able to arrive at you by cellphone or you could produce a card with your virtual quantity (e.g. a Skype line or Burner) for courting potential clients. You could produce a card with your residence deal with, cell and personalized electronic mail for your household and good friends. Or you could make one particular with your office environment deal with, do the job electronic mail, fax and office environment line for business contacts. And so on.
The plan for the app comes from K9 Ventures founder Manu Kumar, who along with co-founder and Caltech and Columbia alum Hari Ravi, and a modest group of much less than 50 % a dozen, has been functioning on the app following the launch of iOS eleven, which released the QR code reader features in the indigenous camera app.
Kumar, in particular, has been attempting to solve the trouble of business playing cards for years. In 2009, he co-launched CardMunch to turn business playing cards into digital contacts. The firm was bought to LinkedIn a several years afterwards, but LinkedIn abandoned it and shut it down.
“LinkedIn…failed to figure out the opportunity for what this could do for them, and in a common large firm style proceeded to damage and finally destroy the products,” Kumar wrote in a blog write-up about HiHello’s start. “Yes, I’m nonetheless peeved,” he added. (So are we.)
Kumar also pointed out that one more trouble with business playing cards is that persons have to have around different ones to depict their different roles or careers.
“The facts you opt for to share with a person is frequently dependent on the context in which you are conference that individual,” he mentioned.
To deal with this difficulty, HiHello makes it possible for people to produce many playing cards with different facts on them, which can be shared through the QR code scan in individual, or sent out through text message or electronic mail — without having exposing the electronic mail or cellphone quantity tied to your cellphone.
HiHello has also manufactured it effortless to obtain the right card promptly via its iOS and Android widgets that let you opt for which card you want to share with just a faucet.
The app is easy to established up and use. You’re initially walked via a variety where you enter your standard contact facts to get commenced, and can then proceed to personalize the different card types like “work” and “personal,” for example. You also can just opt for to share your cellphone or electronic mail. (See previously mentioned photo).
When a person scans the QR code, it launches a web site hosted on hihello.com where there is a url to save the facts specifically to their phone’s contacts. This url can be sent in other methods right from the QR code monitor as well, many thanks to buttons at the base for “Message” and “Mail.”
The new app is the initially stage in a more substantial eyesight the firm has for contact and romantic relationship management, Kumar notes. In the in the vicinity of long term, this will contain top quality capabilities aimed at business people.
“We’re not attempting to turn into a social community,” mentioned Kumar. “We do have aspirations of remaining a ‘Business Associations Network.’…As we build and are ready to introduce new capabilities, we will unlock new parts of the puzzle that clearly show how this will be worthwhile to people. It goes again to the essential premise of believing that who you know is frequently more significant than what you know,” he added.
Palo Alto-primarily based HiHello, a group of 5, is backed by Kumar’s K9 Ventures. The app is a totally free obtain on iOS and Android.*
* There is presently a registration bug impacting twenty% of people. The bug is remaining fixed and impacted people will be emailed when there is a resolution.