If you’re in a big company, how do you communicate with thousands of employees? Some, such as the ride-sharing service Flywheel, an Uber competitor, are using “TeamChat.” In Mumbai, the police force uses it to communicate with officers. It’s a messaging service for an unlimited number of participants. The party of India’s new prime minister, Narendra Modi, used it to rally the vote and he won in a landslide. TeamChat is from the same people who made Elance, a website for freelance workers. It’s a chat service for an unlimited number of people and works by organizing and summarizing messages to make them easier to read. The service is free, but premium extras have fees. More info at TeamChat.com.
Humin is a free iPhone app that remembers contacts the way you remember them, which is not necessarily by name. If you tap “met this month,” you’ll see just those contacts. Or you might remember they live in Texas, and see just those contacts. The app gives you details, like where they went to school. (Bob is thinking of getting business cards that say “Some guy I met at a trade show.”)
Cardbrowser.com collects business cards at trade shows and makes them searchable online. They have 210,000 of them currently and thousands more each month. You can search by market, industry, tradeshow, title, location, etc.