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Submitted: May 8th, 2009

Designed by... Phil Ohme


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The user

The Introducer is primarily targeted at social influencers those “movers and shakers” that have large and active circles of influence. They are frequently the connector at social gatherings where they know everyone but not everyone knows each other. They lead teams and friend groups and consider themselves a trendsetter. Constant invitations for parties exhibits beer tastings concerts and other events emanate from them. They are elite status on http://yelp.com and have 100s of Twitter followers and Facebook friends. The one as they say “with connections”.

The experience

The Introducer takes the pain out of introducing two people (that you know) to each other. They don’t know each other but should, and you are the one to make that happen. For example, these two folks are both interior designers, or they could both be avid runners, amateur photographers, etc. Current methods include inviting the two people to lunch or sending an email to them. There is no time for the former (or geographical distance separates them) and the latter is just so awkward, often resulting in neither of the two “introducees” wanting to make the first move. So introduce them using this amazingly simple and targeted thin-sliver app right on your mobile phone, at the very moment you realize this connection needs to happen.

The Introducer is integrated with your phone’s address book so finding the people to connect is simple and followups can be tracked. If after introducing two people, no contact is initiated between the introduces (as tracked by the app), the Introducer sends a friendly reminder email a week later and every week until both parties connect or one party initiates an anonymous withdrawl.

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13 Responses to “The Introducer”

  1. Bob B says:

    Cool idea. Imagine a match.com-like component to introduce single colleagues who would be compatible dates.

  2. Laura says:

    Great idea! This would come in handy for me as people are always asking me about weight loss and fitness tips, I can introduce them to the fitness gurus that I know, plus connect people that have similar interests in low calorie eating, running half marathons, joining bootcamp, etc. This would be a great launch pad for local interest groups to organize…. The possibilities are endless!

  3. Rachel Cosio says:

    Love it!! Such a great idea!

  4. Allison Walters says:

    This is a good idea. And it can be applicable to just about anyone based on their interests and current contacts. We can all be “introducers”!

  5. R Burger says:

    As a distributor sales person, I can see how this app would help save time in connecting manufacturers reps connected with interested customers and vise versa.

  6. Johnny O says:

    Wow, good stuff! This is so much better than the IntroduceMe feature in Linked In because that one is just if I want to get introduced to ANYONE that a certain contact of mine knows. (Its like a request to meet someone that works in marketing at Apple for instance and I am asking my 1 friend who works in the call center there to hook me up) Here, *I* am the Introducer of 2 friends that I want to get together.

  7. kevin says:

    In business and life, it’s all about who you know and what better way to introduce who you know to others who you know…you know!

  8. Ranjitha Kurup says:

    This would be great to assist with job possibilities – introductions. We are always looking for people but would like to get recommendations from people we know.

  9. Nicole says:

    How many times have I said “oh, I need to introduce you to so and so! You have so much in common!” But it seldom happens. This would be a great tool for building relationships.

  10. Christian says:

    Perhaps it should also have the ability to “categorize” the type of introduction (such as work, social, or special interest).

  11. Stephen says:

    I like it alot. I’m imagining an “event” component to this. Jim tells you he is looking for people to go to a baseball game with him…you flip through your contacts to your baseball fanatic friend(s) and get them in contact with each other on the spot. No back and forth, middle-man headache. Great idea, Phil!

  12. Ellen Smith says:

    The Introducer would be great for a person who is a “Connector” as described in Malcolm Gladwell’s book “The Tipping Point”.

  13. John Rego says:

    Great concept!!!

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