shapr – I Heart Intelligence.com https://iheartintelligence.com Fri, 31 May 2019 12:21:00 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.3.2 https://iheartintelligence.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/05/cropped-IHI-square-32x32.png shapr – I Heart Intelligence.com https://iheartintelligence.com 32 32 Shapr, The Company That Is Helping Create Mindful Connections https://iheartintelligence.com/live-the-life-you-want-to-live/ Mon, 17 Dec 2018 08:09:58 +0000 https://iheartintelligence.com/?p=39157 The post Shapr, The Company That Is Helping Create Mindful Connections appeared first on I Heart Intelligence.com.

Shapr, The Company That Is Helping Create Mindful Connections

Networking and meeting new people can lead to exciting opportunities, new careers, and long-lasting relationships, but it sometimes feels like a one-way street. The asking is heavier than the giving, and the support or encouragement can be fleeting or even nonexistent. Thankfully the focus on being mindful in our actions, words, and thoughts is beginning […]

The post Shapr, The Company That Is Helping Create Mindful Connections appeared first on I Heart Intelligence.com.

]]>
The post Shapr, The Company That Is Helping Create Mindful Connections appeared first on I Heart Intelligence.com.

Shapr, The Company That Is Helping Create Mindful Connections

Networking and meeting new people can lead to exciting opportunities, new careers, and long-lasting relationships, but it sometimes feels like a one-way street. The asking is heavier than the giving, and the support or encouragement can be fleeting or even nonexistent. Thankfully the focus on being mindful in our actions, words, and thoughts is beginning to shift how we connect with others professionally, and one company is leading the way.

Shapr, the networking platform, is built out of the belief that meeting new people is essential to personal and professional growth. It strives to make meeting new people a more mindful and reciprocative experience. It is something we do with friends all the time. We share what we’re up to, elicit their support, support them, and let them know we’re there for them. This is what it means to actually connect with one another, and this is what should be applied to professional connections.

“Networking,” when viewed through the lens of caring, isn’t about getting things from other people. It’s about giving. It’s about synergy. It’s about finding ways to benefit each other, so we can all live more meaningful lives and use our gifts to create things that can help the world at large.

And isn’t that what we all want? To invest our time and energy into things that matter to us, to feel we’re making a positive difference in the world, and to genuinely connect with other people in the process?

Armed with this less cynical, more inspiring definition of networking, you can feel far more enthusiastic about doing it, but it’s not always easy to meet people with similar interests and aspirations. And it’s even harder to connect with people you admire so you can learn from where they’ve been.

Shapr is a little like Tinder in that you swipe right to connect, but it’s for professional genuine, mutually beneficial connections. It works through a smart algorithm, which leverages your location, self-selected interests such as #marketing or #yoga, and your networking goals (i.e. find a co-founder, meet new friends, get a new job), to introduce you to relevant people in your area.

Shapr’s goal? To get you meeting someone new for coffee each week.

All interactions on the app are anonymous until both people choose to connect. When a “match” is made, you will be notified and can message your match using a prebuilt icebreaker. From there, suggest a call or a place to meet in person.

Users of Shapr swear by it.

Briana Daniel’s story particularly resonated with me. She says she started using Shapr with the intention of “networking on the go” for her Orlando-based nonprofit organization Street Team Movement.

She’s not only made new professional connections with interesting people who share her interests; she’s also met one of her best friends, who she eventually asked to be a bridesmaid in her wedding.

Then there’s Artisha Mann, an NYC-based indie film producer. Artisha started using Shapr to meet other creatives. She says the app was helpful for finding people who live outside of her social comfort zone, and for discovering new strategies for her projects. While her primary goal was to get inspired, she ended up meeting a venture capitalist who she never would have met otherwise.

Whatever world you want to be in, you don’t have to navigate it alone. So start expanding your own network and meeting inspiring, like-minded people near you. You never know what you could accomplish with a little love and support, or who you could help and inspire by offering the same in return.

What are you waiting for? Download Shapr and start swiping today!

The post Shapr, The Company That Is Helping Create Mindful Connections appeared first on I Heart Intelligence.com.

]]>
3 Ways This App Is Changing The Way We Network https://iheartintelligence.com/ways-ceo-changing-network/ Wed, 13 Jun 2018 13:09:01 +0000 https://iheartintelligence.com/?p=32495 The post 3 Ways This App Is Changing The Way We Network appeared first on I Heart Intelligence.com.

3 Ways this CEO is changing the way we Network

When Ludovic Huraux started his first company in 2007, he had no technical skills, no marketing background and no source of funding. He was 25 and leaving a cushy finance job to become a first-time entrepreneur. With no startup experience, Huraux launched Attractive World, a dating site that grew to produce one wedding a day. […]

The post 3 Ways This App Is Changing The Way We Network appeared first on I Heart Intelligence.com.

]]>
The post 3 Ways This App Is Changing The Way We Network appeared first on I Heart Intelligence.com.

3 Ways this CEO is changing the way we Network

When Ludovic Huraux started his first company in 2007, he had no technical skills, no marketing background and no source of funding. He was 25 and leaving a cushy finance job to become a first-time entrepreneur.

With no startup experience, Huraux launched Attractive World, a dating site that grew to produce one wedding a day. He was competing with industry giants, but scaled the business to be profitable and the most well-known premium-dating site in France.

1. Making it easier to meet the right people

The thing that made Huraux successful was his love of meeting new people and learning from them. And that’s what his new project is about – Shapr is a free networking app to meet the people you actually need to meet to help advance your career.

“I dedicate 30 percent of my time to meeting new people,” Huraux says. “I love learning from others and also know each conversation may be a game changer. It was because of the unexpected connections I made that we were able to finance my first company and grow it to become the leader in premium dating. Friends walked me through television advertising for the first time, made recommendations of who to hire, invested in my startup, and opened their networks to me. I wanted to speed up serendipity in people’s lives by creating Shapr, and give everyone the opportunity to build an equally inspiring network.”

2. Made it easy to use and available to everyone

intended to make networking easy. Using the 10 interests you select such as #marketing or #entrepreneurship, your location, and your industry, Shapr curates a daily batch of 10 to 15 nearby professionals who share your passions and goals. You swipe on those you hope to meet and get notified when there is mutual interest to have a conversation.

The app takes less than two minutes a day to use and has initiated more than 4 million professional conversations so far this year. Already, 600,000 users have signed up including high-level CEOs and senior professionals, and also professionals exploring career changes, launching side projects and building fresh networks in a new city.

Shapr is a completely free app intended to make networking easy.

3. Turning networking into a daily habit

Every person benefits from meeting new people. On Shapr, you’re introduced to those who share your interests but not necessarily your circles. It’s an easy way to start a conversation with people who intrigue you, who are different from you, and who can help you figure out your own path.

“We want to make a powerful network available to anyone willing to put in the time to learn, listen and help others grow in their careers,” Huraux says. “At Shapr, we believe you shouldn’t have to buy a fancy membership or have elite access to make valuable and meaningful connections.”

When asked about the biggest challenge of building Shapr, Huraux shares that it’s convincing people that everyday networking is and should be the new normal.

“We have to persuade professionals that meeting new people regularly should be a habit,” he says “It’s not only the way to succeed in your career, but also the way to live a happy life. Ten years ago, people were adjusting to the idea of meeting romantic connections on an app, and now it’s the normal way to date. We want to do the same with networking.

Huraux adds, “In five years, it will be the norm for everyone to have coffee with someone new each week. “

Shapr is free for iOS and Android. Get it here.

The post 3 Ways This App Is Changing The Way We Network appeared first on I Heart Intelligence.com.

]]>
This Networking App Is Going To Change Your Life https://iheartintelligence.com/networking-app/ Mon, 12 Feb 2018 12:08:27 +0000 https://iheartintelligence.com/?p=31509 The post This Networking App Is Going To Change Your Life appeared first on I Heart Intelligence.com.

This Networking App Is Going To Change Your Life

It’s Time To Reach Your Full Potential To keep your mind active and make the most of every day, you should continually challenge yourself to meet new people. There are few things that contribute as much to our mental and spiritual well being. We tend to stay in our known circles because of the safety […]

The post This Networking App Is Going To Change Your Life appeared first on I Heart Intelligence.com.

]]>
The post This Networking App Is Going To Change Your Life appeared first on I Heart Intelligence.com.

This Networking App Is Going To Change Your Life

It’s Time To Reach Your Full Potential

To keep your mind active and make the most of every day, you should continually challenge yourself to meet new people. There are few things that contribute as much to our mental and spiritual well being. We tend to stay in our known circles because of the safety and familiarity of those groups, but doing so limits your true potential. Networking can spark ideas, broaden your perspective, and lead to myriad of opportunities. The easiest way to make meaningful connections is by testing out Shapr, a free app for meeting others.

Shapr is the perfect hybrid between LinkedIn and dating apps – it’s easy to use and lets you quickly browse profiles, only the focus is on meeting people for professional needs instead of romantic reasons. Shapr is all about getting you offline, meeting your matches face to face or over Skype. The result is a community of over one million people who want to help each other out, and who understand the value of human relationships.

Your Career Will Thank You

Aside from the mental health benefits of growing your network, Shapr will be a game changer for your career. Each conversation started through Shapr will help you get your foot in a door at interesting companies and discover new projects and opportunities. Users of Shapr have formed companies, found investors, changed industries, and gotten job offers.

When you create your profile on Shapr, the first step will be to add up to ten #interests that help the app’s algorithm suggest who to meet. Want to be found by a recruiter? Add points of interest that highlight your skills and what you love most such as #marketing or #blogging. Trying to find that next big opportunity? Add tags that outline the type of person you think can help you reach that next level. Need someone to help you get your idea off the ground? Add #venturecapitalist or #entrepreneur to your profile to meet people who can help you put your ideas into action.

Use The App To Give Back

If you don’t have an immediate need to network and you’re happy with where you are in your career, use Shapr to give back by becoming a mentor to more junior professionals in your field. Find others who may be looking for a bit of guidance and offer advice. Being a mentor will help you feel good about helping others, reflect on what you’ve learned throughout your career, and get energized by meeting people just getting started. You may even find the perfect intern for your next project!

So What Are You Waiting For

Shapr makes it incredibly easy to meet curious, open-minded people. Whether networking for a specific need or just looking to change up your routine and keep your mind alert, meeting people through the app will help you grow your career, your mindfulness and your network. This app may introduce your next co-founder, or it may challenge you to think in a fresh way.

Download Shapr here!

The post This Networking App Is Going To Change Your Life appeared first on I Heart Intelligence.com.

]]>