Forbes – 6 Jul 12 – Here on Biz: Real Time Networking for Execs
After traveling to 40 states over the course of a year while working on another startup, founder Nick Smoot and business partner Allen Hartwig realized how much down, dead time they were spending in airports.
“We kept realizing we were bastardizing social network platforms just to keep in touch with business professionals. There was nothing real time. Nothing geo-aware,” said Smoot.
Nick Smoot is cofounder and CMO of Here On Biz, the instant business networking app. Here On Biz, after eight weeks of being available to the public, had downloads from business professionals in over 23 countries, received press from Forbes, Inc Magazine, TechCrunch, and entrepreneur magazine, and the co-founder of LinkedIn uses it actively. In 2010 Smoot successfully built, launched and sold toor.me, a mobile software services for the real estate industry, over the course of eight months. Toor.me was known as the leading mobile engagement tool for single properties. The Acquisition of Toor.me landed him in the seat of executive director of business development and the task of building key relationships with Bank of America, Ally bank, Hearst Corporation, Realogy, and Brookfield. Prior to Toor.me, Smoot spent eight years consulting in both the profit and non-profit worlds focusing on answers to complex business development problems for both small and large organizations – corporations including Subaru, Tom’s Shoes, ASPPB, PREIT, and many others. Besides cementing himself as a leading expert in the social/mobile and mobile/professional arenas, Nick is a dedicated husband and father.
About: Here on Biz
Here On Biz is the leading Instant Business Networking app. A little over a year ago, Allen Hartwig and Nick Smoot began thinking of ways to make business networking more geo aware and real time. The result is their iOS app. The company was founded in February of 2012 here in LA and since going live 9 weeks ago, they have seen the app downloaded in over 24 countries.
LAVA Mobile – August 16, 2012, 6:30 PM – 9:00 PM, tiato, Santa Monica
This event requires Pre-registration.
The Los Angeles Venture Association Mobile Strategic Interest Group presents:
Los Angeles Mobile Entrepreneurs (Nick Smoot, Matthias Galica & Dave Mathews) and an experienced VC (David Travers) talking about what’s hot in the community right now. And helping us understand, moderator Lori Kozlowski – who contributed the Forbes profile referenced above. The critical questions the panel will address include:
How do you start one?
What are the challenges?
How do you pay for / get the tech?
Is the app space too crowded to be starting?
What are VCs looking for in a mobile startup?
What’s the future of mobile startups?
What are the hardware challenges — ie. scaling for each device?