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 essential mass. Primarily, it is because most required that each events — the enterprise card holder and recipient — have their app put in. HiHello is totally different. As a substitute 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 change data over this format.
On iPhone, you need to use the native iOS Digital camera app to scan QR codes. And on Android, Google Lens (part of Google Assistant) offers related performance. (Though this could actually be in its digicam, too, ahem.)
What this implies is that when a HiHello consumer desires to share their contact data with one other individual, all they should do is have the recipient scan the QR code the HiHello app generates. The recipient doesn’t must obtain or set up something, and is ready to shortly save the contact data proper into their cellphone’s handle e book.
HiHello additionally permits you to create various kinds of playing cards with totally different data on them.
For instance, you may have one card for your enterprise, one to your facet hustle and one for private connections. This manner, you’ll be able to preserve a few of your data non-public, as wanted.
You can 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 may create a card together with your digital quantity (e.g. a Skype line or Burner) for courting prospects. You can create a card with your own home handle, cell and private e-mail for your loved ones and associates. Or you may make one together with your workplace handle, 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, specifically, 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 just a few 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 trend proceeded to damage and ultimately 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 drawback with enterprise playing cards is that individuals have to hold round totally different ones to signify their totally different roles or jobs.
“The data you select to share with somebody is commonly depending on the context through which you’re assembly that individual,” he stated.
To handle this difficulty, HiHello permits customers to create a number of playing cards with totally different data on them, which might be shared through the QR code scan in individual, or despatched out through 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 search out the proper card shortly by its iOS and Android widgets that allow you to select which card you need to share with only a faucet.
The app is simple to arrange and use. You’re first walked by a kind the place you enter your primary contact data to get began, and may then proceed to customise the totally different card sorts like “work” and “private,” for instance. You can also simply select to share your cellphone or e-mail. (See above picture).
When somebody scans the QR code, it launches a web site hosted on hihello.com the place there’s a hyperlink to avoid wasting the data on to their cellphone’s contacts. This hyperlink might be despatched in different methods proper from the QR code display as properly, because of 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.