We’re very pleased to announce that the Business Calendar Network now includes business events pulled from the API feeds of Meetup and Eventbrite.
It was important to add these API feeds because:
- Many business-oriented groups use Meetup and Eventbrite as the way to announce and manage their events and signups. Using the API enables us to provide integrated access to all these events from within the Business Calendar Network
- With our new iPhone and Android apps, we are now seeing subscribers from all across the country. These feeds enable us to provide a substantial number of relevant events to subscribers, no matter where they are in the U.S.
Both Eventbrite and Meetup believe in the power of community and the power of connections, a belief we share.
Meetup is the world's largest network of local groups. With Meetup, anyone can organize a local group or find one of the thousands already meeting up face-to-face. More than 2,000 groups get together in local communities each day, each one with the goal of improving themselves or their communities. We’ve noticed that many of today’s most important and vibrant business communities got started using Meetup. They may eventually evolve into having a more formal website and registration system, but Meetup is the place to find emerging business communities and business leaders.
The groups using Eventbrite are, perhaps, a little more formal than the folks using Meetup. I say that even though Eventbrite says it is for “anyone planning or attending an event.”
We believe that anyone can be an event organizer. That's why we've created tools that make it easy to sell tickets to all kinds of events - whether it's a photography class or a sold-out concert, an inspiring conference or an air-guitar competition. With Eventbrite, organizers can create a customizable event page; spread the word with social media; collect money; and gain visibility into attendees and sales.
We, of course, are more interested in knowing about the inspiring conference than the air-guitar competition. You may notice that Meetup and Eventbrite are both a little less rigorous than we are in what constitutes a “business event,” so their feeds may include the occasional wine tour or MS walk. We felt that the benefits of including the great events coming from Meetup and Eventbrite outweighed the drawbacks of having a few events that weren’t quite focused on business.
All events are parsed and tagged as they are added to the Calendar, so you should still be able to Find the Events that Matter™.
We plan to add some additional API feeds in the near future, and we also continue to track organizations with events that aren’t available via some new-fangled feed. Our goal is to create the largest and most complete database of business events available on the Web and smartphone.
There's a lot of buzz these days about social networking, and we agree that social networking is likely to transform the way we live, work, and interact. We even have a Facebook page, a LinkedIn company profile, and a Twitter profile. You are welcome to like us and follow us.
But when we announced the next generation of our iPhone and Android mobile apps for professional networking this week, we called them the "anti-social networking" apps.
Now, we’re not really anti-social, but relying on social media alone will get you nowhere in business. Face-to-face networking remains a critical skill for anyone looking to build a business or career. That is the whole reason we built the Business Calendar Network (BCN) -- to increase the opportunities for face-to-face networking and make it easy for entrepreneurs and professionals to find the people, resources, and knowledge they need to grow their businesses and their careers.
Version two of our mobile apps is even more focused on better professional networking. The first versions of our app made it possible for people to find events. This next generation helps people manage their business professional networking.
The new apps feature a range of location-based features that enable users to “check into” business and professional networking events, see who else is at the event, and follow the online conversations at the event. The BCN app’s built-in integration with Facebook and Twitter make it easy to interact while at an event, both in-person and online.
The new app was showcased recently at the White House Urban Entrepreneurship Forum, held in Philadelphia, where its new interactive features enabled attendees at the Forum to connect and converse both online and in person.
Other new features in the app include an improved advanced search, where events can be searched by category, location, and keyword. Users can also save searches for later recall, so a favorite searches can be called up and refreshed at any time.
I invite you to download the new app and give it a try today.
You may have seen our recent launch the mobile app version of the Business Calendar Network, allowing entrepreneurs, small business owners, and professionals to use their iPhone, iPad, and Android smartphones to discover business and professional events happening nearby. It’s an entirely new way of doing face-to-face networking.
We’ve had 1000s of downloads already.
We can use your help. People all across the country are going to be downloading the apps and using these apps to look for events they should attend. Here is my question:
What events should people in your area know about?
Please tell us what groups and events we should include. Send us an email with a few names for us to track.
Our goal is to gather the best events for connecting entrepreneurs and the people who can help them start and grow their businesses.
I appreciate your input and invite you to download the apps yourself (for iPhone/iPad or for Android) or learn more about the Business Calendar Network and how you can take advantage of it in your region. Please rate the apps if you like them, and be sure to keep a look out for some of the exciting new features we plan for the next version of the apps.