Trying to meet likeminded professionals? Weave wants to help.
While Weave’s original app simply opened up a conversation thread between people who expressed interest in meeting one another, the new service takes it one step further.
Once a user signs up for “Concierge,” they set preferences for people they’d like to meet — designers, developers, marketing people, etc. Weave then runs its algorithm that matches two people with common interests.
From there, Weave sends an email on Thursday that tells each person where to meet and when (Friday at 10 a.m. is the default time).
“After giving Weave your networking goals and LinkedIn profile, Concierge will match you up for coffee with a new person every week for coffee at a convenient location without any work from you,” explains Weave co-founder Brian Ma.
The idea is to completely automate professional networking, Ma explained. His startup has learned from facilitating 120,000 matches and six million swipes on its original app and applied it to the new service.
“Weave Concierge is professional networking on autopilot,” he added. “We’ll find you the right person to meet and set it up for you so you literally have to do nothing.”
For now, Concierge is only available in San Francisco.
Before Weave, Ma worked at Seattle-based companies like Microsoft and Zillow before co-founding Decide.com, which was acquired by eBay in September 2013. He’s raised $2 million to date for Weave.