Between working, trudging through daily traffic, and balancing regular necessities of life (washing clothes, grocery, etc.) making genuine connections in LA can unfortunately become a low priority on your list of things to do.
Tinder made meeting people for a cocktail much easier. But what if you’re new LA, not looking to date, and just want to meet friends and people in your industry?
A few months ago I would’ve told you to go to Meetup.com, find a group that interests you and attend as many events you possibly could to expand your social network. But I recently discovered Shapr, an app that helps you quickly make non-romantic connections without having to battle LA traffic to attend events. You can now take a more strategic approach to making new friends and business acquaintances without wasting precious time that could be spent elsewhere.
Shapr will be your unfair networking advantage in LA
Shapr is a free networking app (iOS and Android) that suggests a daily batch of 10 to 15 people to meet in your area. The list of profile suggestions is based on your location, job industry, and tagged interests (both professional and personal). Like Tinder, you can swipe through profiles and message when the interest is mutual. However, profiles include professional bios rather than pictures of people posing with tigers and rock climbing (thankfully).
Did you move to LA to work in the music industry after five years in marketing? Use Shapr to meet people outside your field. Are you an inspiring entrepreneur looking for advice on launching your startup? Put #entrepreneurship and #startups in your interests to connect with other people who can tell you what not to do while launching your business in LA. Whether you’re networking for a specific need or just want to meet other cool people in LA, Shapr should be on your phone.
The best part of Shapr? People want to meet you too
Since I’ve started using Shapr, I’ve met a few really interesting people over coffee to talk more about journalism and living in LA. The best part is that everyone I have connected with is actually excited to meet. Since people have already swiped yes on my profile, I don’t have to waste time on an awkward icebreaker or annoying email, and can instead suggest one of my favorite coffee shops to meet up.
The best way to adjust to the city is finding other positive people with an optimistic attitude who want to show you around. Get tips for building your career in LA from people who have actually done it, and make friends with people who want to explore LA with you!
Get Started Now
To start meeting cool people in LA who share your interests, head over to the iTunes App store or Google Play Store and download Shapr.
After doing so please come back and share your experience in the comment box below. I’d love to hear about it!