A brand new app known as HiHello is taking purpose at enterprise playing cards. Whereas plenty of apps within the past have tried to kill the business card, they by no means achieved important mass. Primarily, it’s because most required that each events — the enterprise card holder and recipient — have their app put in. HiHello is completely different. As an alternative of forcing everybody to obtain its app, it merely generates a QR code that may be scanned by anybody with a contemporary smartphone.
HiHello particularly takes benefit of the truth that as we speak’s smartphones now have QR code readers in-built — customers not have to obtain a separate QR code scanner app to trade info over this format.
On iPhone, you should use the native iOS Digital camera app to scan QR codes. And on Android, Google Lens (part of Google Assistant) offers comparable performance. (Though this could actually be in its digicam, too, ahem.)
What this implies is that when a HiHello person desires to share their contact info with one other individual, all they should do is have the recipient scan the QR code the HiHello app generates. The recipient doesn’t should obtain or set up something, and is ready to shortly save the contact info proper into their cellphone’s deal with e-book.
HiHello additionally lets you create various kinds of playing cards with completely different info on them.
For instance, you might have one card for your small business, one in your facet hustle and one for private connections. This manner, you’ll be able to preserve a few of your info non-public, as wanted.
You may create a card with out your cell quantity for these contacts you didn’t need to have the ability to attain you by cellphone; or you might create a card together with your digital quantity (e.g. a Skype line or Burner) for relationship prospects. You may create a card with your property deal with, cell and private e-mail for your loved ones and associates. Or you might make one together with your workplace deal with, work e-mail, fax and workplace line for enterprise contacts. And so forth.
The concept for the app comes from K9 Ventures founder Manu Kumar, who together with co-founder and Caltech and Columbia alum Hari Ravi, and a small staff of fewer than half a dozen, has been engaged on the app following the discharge of iOS 11, which launched the QR code reader performance within the native digicam app.
Kumar, particularly, has been attempting to resolve the issue of enterprise playing cards for years. In 2009, he co-founded CardMunch to show enterprise playing cards into digital contacts. The corporate was sold to LinkedIn a couple of years later, however LinkedIn abandoned it and shut it down.
“LinkedIn…failed to acknowledge the potential for what this might do for them, and in a typical massive firm vogue proceeded to spoil and finally kill the product,” Kumar wrote in a blog post about HiHello’s launch. “Sure, I’m nonetheless peeved,” he added. (So are we.)
Kumar additionally famous that one other downside with enterprise playing cards is that folks have to hold round completely different ones to characterize their completely different roles or jobs.
“The knowledge you select to share with somebody is usually depending on the context through which you might be assembly that individual,” he mentioned.
To deal with this subject, HiHello permits customers to create a number of playing cards with completely different info on them, which may be shared by way of the QR code scan in individual, or despatched out by way of textual content message or e-mail — with out exposing the e-mail or cellphone quantity tied to your cellphone.
HiHello has additionally made it simple to seek out the suitable card shortly via its iOS and Android widgets that allow you to select which card you need to share with only a faucet.
The app is easy to arrange and use. You’re first walked via a kind the place you enter your fundamental contact info to get began, and may then proceed to customise the completely different card varieties like “work” and “private,” for instance. You can also simply select to share your cellphone or e-mail. (See above photograph).
When somebody scans the QR code, it launches an internet site hosted on hihello.com the place there’s a hyperlink to save lots of the knowledge on to their cellphone’s contacts. This hyperlink may be despatched in different methods proper from the QR code display screen as effectively, due to buttons on the backside for “Message” and “Mail.”
The brand new app is step one in an even bigger imaginative and prescient the corporate has for contact and relationship administration, Kumar notes.