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Serendipity

Get introduced to someone awesome, every month.

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@shib88 Thanks! Yes, I did think of adding a location option, but wanted to make the first iteration simple. Hope to introduce location soon! :)
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Manasvini Krishna
Maker
@manasvinik
Hey everyone! This is a tiny project I put together over the weekend. Serendipity sends you exactly one email every month, introducing you to another awesome person, randomly selected. I love monthly products, because it's something nice to look forward to, and the idea of a surprise is always nice. I think it'd be fun to see what comes out of it in a few months, and it's pretty exciting to think that anything could, given the serendipity! 😄
Adam Muller@muller_adam · Co-founder ADHD Collective, MullerCast
@manasvinik LOVE it!
SHAREFLO@sharefloapp · Founder, Shareflo
@manasvinik Kinda cool! What is the criteria for being awesome?
Manasvini Krishna
Maker
@manasvinik
@muller_adam @manasvinik Thanks Adam! Hope you meet some great people, and have fun!
Manasvini Krishna
Maker
@manasvinik
@sharefloapp @manasvinik The easy part is to ensure that there are no fake accounts, and that everyone who signs up is "real". The difficult part is to have any set criteria. So it might get a bit subjective, and I'm not sure there's any way to keep that out, but I really want to make sure that everybody adds value -- ensuring that is what will make the random matches work. Thoughts on this welcome. :)
Milan vd Bovenkamp ♠@milann · Connecting people again with Wildcard 🃏
@manasvinik great idea! Curious what gift I will get in my email box. Serendipity at scale! Love it! Can you please share the 'results' here on this page? Like successful matches and stuff. (curious because I'm building something similar hihi)
Manasvini Krishna
Maker
@manasvinik
@milann @manasvinik Milan, thank you! :) Absolutely, I'm sure there will be amazing stories and I'm just waiting to post them :) I just downloaded Wildcard -- the design is lovely.
Sam Wu@insamshead · iOS and HoloLens tinkerer.
@manasvinik really like the idea. Do you plan on getting people to meet in real life or just exchanges over email? Also- it seems the idea is currently targeted towards people in the tech industry for networking- do you plan on testing if this will work for people that just want to meet new people?
Julian Lehr@lehrjulian · App Promotion, Google
@manasvinik Awesome! How did come up with the idea for this? :)
Manasvini Krishna
Maker
@manasvinik
@insamshead @manasvinik Thanks Sam! :) Hoping to add ability to choose locations in addition to industry soon. Yes, it's basically for networking in the tech industry for now - I'm not sure if it'd work for meeting people in general, and if they'd have any common interests that would make a serendipitous match work. What do you think?
Jp Valery@jpvalery · Community @ RobotShop / Ex-Gameloft
@manasvinik Love it and love the use of typeform for that. really nice hack ;)
Manasvini Krishna
Maker
@manasvinik
@lehrjulian @manasvinik Thanks Julian! I think it's one of those things I wished existed - I'd have loved to use it. So since it didn't, I thought, why not make it?
joel@drjoelpalath · Founder
@manasvinik tell me about the most interesting person you met btw - I'm the maker of @sharefloapp !!
Manasvini Krishna
Maker
@manasvinik
@jpvalery @manasvinik Thank you :) Typeform is awesome!
Steven W@mrwongsteven · Nice guys finish lunch.
@manasvinik love the idea. I just signed up. just out of curiosity, how is the match handled on the backend? is it a manual process or have you automated it?
Drew Meyers@drewmeyers · Co-Founder, Horizon
@milann @manasvinik I just signed up and am downloading Wildcard as I type. I love anything in the connection/community space, and have been working on @gethorizonapp to connect people with the context of hospitality exchange (sample community to join is Product Hunt accessible with the unlock code "#ph2015")
Manasvini Krishna
Maker
@manasvinik
@mrwongsteven @manasvinik Thanks Steven! Right now, it's a bit of both, hopefully to move towards automation!
Ken Rossi@kenrossi · CardStack
@manasvinik did you send out the first matches?
Sona Cali@sonacali · Communication at IfT
@manasvinik great concept. Love the idea
Brian Ma@zealoustiger · Founder, Weave.in
Congrats @Manasvinik! Love when people are thinking about this space. We've been working on this problem for the past 6 months or so. (https://www.producthunt.com/tech...) Happy to share insights and would love to grab coffee to chat more if you're interested. Some interesting things we've found: - The hardest part is getting people to a real life meeting. We've had to develop lots of followup logic to get this to happen. - Once people go on their first meeting, they continue to go. We're seeing 90+% second meetings and 80+% 30 day retention. - Locations matter alot. If someone can't get there in 5-10min they probably won't go. Also there's a big difference between times (9am, 10am, 2pm, etc) - We found that match quality was also really important. Once matched, if the person didn't see much value in meeting the person, no real life interaction (or any interaction) happens. Usually a "soft reject" happens by the person not interested just rescheduling indefinitely.
Manasvini Krishna
Maker
@manasvinik
@zealoustiger Brian, Weave looks cool! Thanks for those insights, they're very interesting. Does Weave concentrate on location based meet ups? I'd love to talk more. :)
Brian Ma@zealoustiger · Founder, Weave.in
@manasvinik @zealoustiger Yep location based. I'll reach out on twitter to connect!
Lenny Hu@lenndizzle · Designer and Product Guy
Signed up! Randomness is pretty cool.... the anticipation is like opening a present.
Pedro@pcbo · Co-founder @ Landing.jobs
I just registered because I'm a huge believer in serendipity :clap: :slowclap: :clapagain:
Manasvini Krishna
Maker
@manasvinik
@pcbo Thanks, Pedro! I am, as well - some amazing things have happened to me serendipitously.
Manasvini Krishna
Maker
@manasvinik
@shib88 Thanks! Yes, I did think of adding a location option, but wanted to make the first iteration simple. Hope to introduce location soon! :)