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Four Tech Companies That Are Taking Networking Offline

Meetup isn’t the only tech company getting people to connect in person. Here are four others that are leveraging digital networking for real-world meetings.

Four Tech Companies That Are Taking Networking Offline

Face-off: Strategy director Brian Lafayette and designer Farah Assir criticized Meetup for growing stale.

[Photos: Yael Malka]

Facebook

Recent updates let users browse upcoming events by date and category, while Featured Events, curated by real humans, surfaces activities in major cities.

Bumble

In March, the women-focused, Tinder-ish dating site launched a feature called BFF, which lets users swipe for local platonic buddies. Early popularity has encouraged the release of BumbleBizz, for professional networking, this fall.

Slack

The workplace messaging app is increasingly being used by people to connect, online and offline, to discuss specific interests. The expat community on the Nomad List uses Slack to share advice and meet one another, while #BlackMenInTech hosts educational brunches.

MeetMe

Recently ranked a "top mobile app for millennials" by comScore, MeetMe helps its 3.5 million monthly active users find people to chat with based on location and interests, and in July struck a deal to acquire the dating app Skout, which helps users connect with people in cities they plan to visit.

A version of this article appeared in the November 2016 issue of Fast Company magazine.

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