Bump or Mingle360? which one will connect us at a Networking event?


Given the large number of networking and social events around Washington, D.C. on a daily basis, you may want to try out a new cool and free iPhone app called Bump.  I think the app is going to compete head to head with one of our beloved Virginia based company,  mingle360.

The app is supposed to make it easy to exchange information with others during an event or a party by bumping your iphones. The company just released their  Bump 2.0 which is also for iPhone.

mingle360 does the same thing, but not via iPhone. They achieve the same purpose via their own proprietary tiny device called MingleStick You can then plug the MingleStick into the USB port of your Internet connected computer to automatically uploaded the contact information.

With Bump, in addition to exchanging user information, the app features the ability to compare calendars, instantly connect on Facebook, Twitter or LinkedIn, and the ability to send messages back and forth without another Bump. Like its predecessor.

It’s easy to use; just open up the app and make the “bump” gesture with the device to share your contact information. You can set up your contact profile in Bump by selecting your existing address book entry or by creating something brand new. You can then customize what information you want to include or exclude. We like that you can save multiple profiles, one of which you could use for, say, business contacts, and another for personal ones.

Its ability to let you share your Twitter, Facebook or LinkedIn information instantly, Bump can even compare friends you have with the user you are “bumping” and show you items like photos from Facebook.

Bump also lets you share contacts and photos with the person you are bumping — another nice touch. Bump alerts you when someone sends you their info and you can choose to add them to your Friends list or follow them on Twitter.

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As for its practicality, beats me. Given Mingle360 has been around for a few years, I suggest Bump to do a research on Mingle360 to find out how well they have been doing in their business first. Two years ago, there was another company called ntag who raised ton of money to do sort of the same thing, but they shut down, mainly due to the cost of the wireless electronic device and it wasn’t really like Bump which is only an App.

Although the app looks pretty cool, here is the problem:

The app works  only if everyone has an iPhone at the event. Well… what are the odds?  Not to mention the tough competition in the smartphone space will make the use of such app even more difficult. Unless Bump can design  the app that enables various wireless phones to communicate. i.e. an Android users exchange information with an iPhone users and vice versa. Otherwise, Bump better hopes iPhone takes no prisoners and kill all other smartphones players in the space

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About Elias Shams
I have been a serial entrepreneur in telecom and social media space for past 12 years or so. I hold a M.S. degree in Telecommunication Engineering from the George Washington University and a B.S. degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of Maryland. I’ve lived and worked in many countries and cities including London England, Tehran Iran, Bonn Germany, Paris France, Alicante Spain, Delhi India, and my favorite of all Washington, DC of great US of A. Two of the greatest Washington, DC based companies I worked for and very proud of are Yurie Systems which was sold to Lucent in 1998 for $1.23 B and telezoo.com that I founded in 1999. I am currently the founder and awesomizer @ awesomize.me

7 Responses to Bump or Mingle360? which one will connect us at a Networking event?

  1. David Lieb says:

    Great article, thanks. Just to clarify, Bump is available on Android too, and eventually we’ll be rolling out to many other phone platforms.
    -Dave, Bump Technologies

  2. Elias, you hit the nail on the head when you said “the app works only if everyone has an iPhone at the event” The impending challenge for any cell phone app at ANY event will be:

    1. do the attendees have a smartphone?
    2. if they have a smartphone, do they even install apps on their phone?
    3. and if they install apps], will people have the same app in order to connect?

    These are MAJOR challenges to overcome for any cell phone app when it comes to small events (100 people) and large events (1000+ attendees). ** The MingleStick’s advantage is its simplicity and ubiquity **. Its simple because its a one-button device. Its ubiquitous because the MingleStick can be distributed to ALL attendees. Thus a networking phenomenon occurs because EVERYONE knows how to “click to connect” with each other!

    I hope this adds value to the conversation. Feel free to contact me if you have further questions

    Bradley, Mingle360

    = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = =
    Bradley K. Blinn
    VP, Marketing
    bblinn@mingle360.com
    T: 703-425-0402 x511
    http://www.mingle360.com
    http://twitter.com/mingle360
    = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = =

  3. Our solution is sold to event organizers of conferences, trade shows and conventions. While the MingleStick has a retail price of $19.99 and can be purchased at: http://www.minglestick.com we do offer a volume discount and professional services to event organizers. The MingleStick is also a great promotional product, thus we have joined the ASI and PPAI associations. So things are going great!

  4. Dyson says:

    Mingle all the way !!!!

  5. Shun says:

    Minglestick will certainly change the way we do business.

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