Charlie Preps You For Events By Briefing You On Who You'll Meet

Charlie Preps You for Events by Briefing You on Who You'll Meet

Web: Whether you're meeting with a company bigwig or attending a conference full of strangers, it helps to know a little about the people you're going to interact with. Charlie hooks into your calendar and makes sure you're primed for every meeting with detailed information on the people attending.

Whether it's just to help you find things in common you can use for conversation, or to help you understand the business or the work of the people you're going to meet, Charlie does the research so you don't have to spend time in front of the computer looking through social profiles or published articles about that person's work. The tool will deliver all of that detailed information to you in a neat little package before you meeting, so you can — for example — see that the guy you're meeting at a conference just raised a bunch of money in new investment funds for his startup, loves hip-hop, is heaviuly into wine, and wrote an article on Medium about a topic you're passionate about. Charlie will even show you common connections with friends you both have.

The service does that for each person in your meetings, as long as it knows who you're going to be meeting with and can dig up enough information about them. To do this, it hooks into your Google Calendar (you log in using your Google account via OAuth — Exchange support is coming soon.)

If you regularly meet new people, Charlie offers a lot of useful information to help you start a conversation, find some common interests, and build a real relationship without worrying about the awkwardness of small talk or first impressions.

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Comments

    Wow, an automated dossier service! When I was working at a big software company and had to meet occasionally with industry analysts, the PR folks gathered this sort of stuff together and briefed us on the backgrounds of the people with whom we'd be speaking and recommended talking points to emphasize (and ones to avoid if at all possible. ;-) It was actually quite useful to have someone doing this kind of background research for me and presenting me with the results, so I'll give the Charlie service a try.

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