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Some of you might have seen my “European startup ecosystem infographics” photo that has collected a few likes on Facebook. The problem was, I had to somehow process those business cards beside adding people to my social networks. A Microsoft user, I have succumbed to an old and tested solution: Dymo Card Scan. Last week it helped me scan, check and add to social networks 21 new contacts from Ukrainian Startup Rating Gala event within 30 minutes. MAC people, don’t get excited now, it is not available for you.
The good news is that today, European startup accelerator HackFwd has announced its investment in Cobook, a Latvian startup which aims to change the way we manage our contacts. The video is sleek and shows you how your contact profiles can show their social networks’ feed (yes MS Outlook does it with Facebook and LinkedIn but is there another person in this Universe other than me who is still using Outlook?)
Cobook is a client app (commonly known as a desktop application) which is as of today available in MAC app store. One can import contacts from social network, add telephone numbers and other information, and enhance it with a photo from the social network. One can also add contacts from Vcards and tag contacts individually and also in groups.
If you first save Vcards and then add social profile, the system will search social networks for you (I found that practical and time-efficient with Dymo Card Scan as well).
Ultimately co-founder and CEO of Cobook Kaspars Dancis wants Cobook to have a number of other features, such as integration with a scanner, availability of apps for iOS and Android, as well as Windows users. According to him, I am a power user (oh yes!)
Watch video in more details, it is better than my words.
At the same time, Inforgr.am, another HackFwd startup has launched its infographics web app for everyone. One can get a very good idea of what it is capable of by checking out this infographics about Infogr.am crafted by Bobbie Johnson of GigaOm.
If you followed my tweets last week you might have seen the announcement about the ticket sale to HackFwd’s upcoming Pitch in Berlin on the 9th of June. If not, your loss. But I, as a HackFwd referrer, am attending (more business cards to process hopefully).
Just to remind you, The accelerator takes 27% of the equity (3% goes to the mentors) in exchange for Euro 91 000 to Euro 191 000 per investment depending on the number of founders.
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