Network with Apps

Networking is all about building relationships—and apps are the perfect assistants for making the most of it. Unfortunately, we have to say goodbye to one of them.

Bump was essentially a digital fist bump. All you had to do was press your iPhone or Android to a friend’s phone to trade documents, contacts, photos, videos or other files. It was indispensable. But, as they say, all good things must come to an end.

After nearly five years, Bump is shutting down. In September, the Bump team announced that they were joining Google to further their work in helping to push the world forward. Now they’re deeply involved in their projects there and have decided to discontinue the app.

Have no fear, though. There are still worthy apps for networking, and here are a couple of our favorites:

CardMunch (Free)

Is your Rolodex overflowing? Or if you’re from a younger generation, do you even know what a Rolodex is? Take a picture of any business card you acquire, and this app will apply the information into your address book and add your new connection via LinkedIn.

Meetup (Free)

This iPhone and Android app displays listings of nearby get-togethers focusing on subjects that interest you or may concern your business, so you can show up and press the flesh.


Josh Ellis is the former editor in chief for SUCCESS magazine. Before joining SUCCESS in 2012, he was an accomplished digital and print sportswriter, working for the Dallas Cowboys Star magazine, the team’s gameday program, and Originally from Longview, Texas, he began writing for his hometown newspaper at 16.

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