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'Icebreakers' -- the Key to Networking for IntrovertsWhit.li Adds a Sixth Context to Its Relevance API (May 21, 2012)
SAN FRANCISCO, CA -- (Marketwire) -- 05/21/12 -- Available immediately, in the Whit.li API, a new matching context 'Icebreakers' provides a means for identifying those rare interests shared by individuals that can be the catalyst for bonding.
"While individuals acknowledge common interests, such as a liking for cooking or football, the interests are so common, they do not provide the serendipitous bonding effect that occurs when they discover that they both love the same, obscure TV show, or a particular off-the-beaten-path restaurant," explains Jack Holt, CEO of Whit.li. "Surfacing these 'rare interests' in the context of a Industry Conference, or other large event can make the Networking aspect of a event a much more enjoyable experience for attendees -- especially those who are more introverted."
Powered by the Whit.li API, TechCrunch is providing a new way for Disrupt NYC attendees to meet one another and network during this year's event. The new service -- TechRecs, uses Whit.li's Icebreaker context. Attendees will be provided a list of the five people at the event that they should meet, based on shared rare interests, personality traits and demographics.
Since public launch at SxSW earlier this year, more that 120 applications covering a broad spectrum of market segments have been registered to use the Whit.li API:
- Digital Media & Publishing companies providing recommendations
- Brands looking for new ways to engage with their communities
- Ecommerce companies providing relevant out-of-graph recommendations
If you're attending TechCrunch Disrupt in NYC, visit: https://DisruptNY.Whit.li
- Developers can sign up for the Whit.li API at http://developer.whit.li
Founded in 2010, with offices in San Francisco and Austin, Whit.li will re-define how consumers interact on the Internet.
About TechCrunch Disrupt
TechCrunch Disrupt NYC 2012 (http://techcrunch.com/events/disrupt-ny-2012/) is TechCrunch's third annual conference in New York City. The format combines top thought-leader discussions with new product and company launches. Morning executive discussions debate timely disruptions in media, advertising and technology while the afternoons are reserved for the Startup Battlefield where 30 new companies will launch on stage, selected to present from more than 1000 applications received from around the world. The winning company will receive a $50,000 grand prize and the Disrupt Cup at the conclusion of the conference. The conference is May 21-23, 2012, at Pier 94 located at 755 12th Avenue (at 55th Street & 12th Ave.) in Midtown New York.
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