Letslunch – a sillicon valley startup which aims to transform the way you go about building your network – has launched in New Zealand. With over 15,000 users in the US, and a highly successful launch in Italy last year, Letslunch has landed in New Zealand to help kiwis make their online relationships more meaningful and build your network.
Over 50+ entrepreneurs, businesspeople, bloggers and Letslunch VIPs gathered at Auckland’s Portofino at the viaduct on Friday, 23rd March to launch Letslunch NZ.
It takes seconds to sign up with a free account (or you can connect your facebook, linkedin and twitter accounts), enter a time and date for a lunch slot and its intelligent algorithms then match you with people that you should lunch with based on factors such as shared industries and interests. Afterwards, you’ll be asked to grade the experience; these crowdsourced rankings contribute to your individual rating, and thus, kudos.
The system suggests restaurants for you based on your preferences, but also gives you the opportunity to choose your own restaurant. You foot your own bill, obviously. Users who attend enough lunches and get great feedback from other letslunchers will eventually be connected with a specially selected Letslunch VIP.
New Zealand is the third country, after USA and Italy, to launch Letslunch. The aim is to encourage smart business networking by focusing on in-person interaction to build strong relationships. LetsLunch arranges one-on-one meetings, and small groups, ensuring the participants have enough time to fully explore what they can offer each other. This is a great way to easily bridge the online and offline world which is often lost amongst professionals who spend most of their time online.
Chirag Ahuja, CEO Letslunch NZ, says in traditional networking environments the more influential guests are usually in high demand, making it difficult to pin them down and have a meaningful conversation.
“You don’t want to just interrupt them, hand them a business card and say, “I’ll talk to you later”.
The beauty is that every participant benefits, with the more experienced guests bringing influence and, well, experience, and the younger guests bringing fresh ideas and new perspectives. Everyone can learn from everyone else, says Ahuja.
With a plethora of networking events happening, participants find it hard to build meaningful and long term business relationships as they go from one event to the next without realizing the full potential of their half baked contacts.
LetsLunch NZ is being released with a several nifty, additional features including the assimilation of group lunches, opportunity to introduce others for lunch and adding people on to their lunch wishlist.
LetsLunch NZ is launched all throughout New Zealand. Hundreds of ambitious kiwis are already setting up lunches. You can also be part of this growing and entrepreneurial phenemenon by signing up for free.