5 Networking Apps to Expand Your Professional Circle

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Manage and grow your professional life from the palm of your hand with these networking apps that are user-friendly. Each is available on iOS and Android already, unless otherwise noted.


Connecting with someone at a conference or an event can be difficult when hundreds of people are everywhere. Bizzabo’s free event app helps you find the person you want to talk to. Register with your LinkedIn account, and Bizzabo will automatically fill in your profile. Once you’re at the event, you can click on a name to view their company information and their LinkedIn profile with an option to message him or her.

Bumble Bizz

An extension of the popular dating app, Bumble, Bumble Bizz connects you with potential mentors, industry leaders and brands. Download Bumble and switch to “Bizz mode.” You can add photos, a skills section, a digital resume and examples of your work, and then start swiping to find your next business opportunity. Like Bumble, Bumble Bizz lets women make the first move to reduce inappropriate messaging.


Instead of carrying around a cumbersome datebook or rubber band full of business cards, store them directly on your phone. Simply take a picture and CamCard automatically stores all those business cards in the cloud and synchronizes across smartphones, tablets and the web app. And if you register for CamCard for Salesforce, you can scan business cards directly into Salesforce. 


Have some free time? Why not make a connection? With CityHour, you can connect with anyone in a 50-mile radius who is looking for a meeting in the next two hours. You can meet with professionals based on commonalities, and refine your search with specific industries, meeting goals, location, dates and times. The free app also lets you synchronize the meeting to your iPhone calendar.  Coming soon to Android


Open up a world of professional possibilities using Shapr. Register with your LinkedIn profile and add up to 10 of your interests. Each day the app will suggest 10-15 people who you match with based on interests, location and professional experience. You can swipe anonymously and once matched with someone, you get access to communicate and start discussing new opportunities.