IntoMobile chat: Hashable CEO Michael Yavonditte on killing the business card

The great thing about SXSW 2011 is just roaming the beautiful Austin streets and running into CEOs and founders of really cool mobile companies. One issue with handing them a business card is that sometimes that can get lost. We spoke with Hashable CEO Michael Yavonditte about how his apps make exchanging contact information fun and social.

Hashable is an app for iPhone and Android which can best be described as your contact book in the cloud. Instead of getting a business card and entering the information in your contact list, you simply enter in a user’s e-mail or Twitter handle and you’re automatically connected with them.

You can set up your Hashable profile online to include all of your contact information or just a few tidbits. If you and I met (hi, friends), you could hit “@marinperez” in the Hashable app and then we’d be connected and it would tweet out the connection.

Like many apps today, there’s also a location-based ability to check-in with someone at lunch or another event. When other Hashable connections meet more people, you’ll be notified. This can get annoying after a while but, thankfully, you’ll be able to toggle this off.

One of the powerful features of Hashable is the ability to introduce other people through the app. These people have to have at least one person in common though, so don’t worry about meeting weirdos.

Right now, there’s only Twitter and e-mail but look for other social networking integration in the future. LinkedIn would be an obvious choice (and a perfect company to buy Hashable, actually) and I could also see Facebook as a great complement to this.

Check out the video below for our interview with the CEO Michael Yavonditte and he’ll tell you why handing out business cards is so yesterday.

  • For some of us, business cards are about more than contact data – they’re about making impressions and being remembered. Why do you think so many people spend money and time on snazzy business cards? It’s because they’re trying to stand out from the crowd. Moo, among many others, has been doing a brisk business for this reason. Hashable has its merits, but the idea that it renders business cards obsolete is naive – maybe for some people, but certainly not for everyone. The same goes for all the vCard exchange services such as Bump.

    If you’re interested in genuine virtual business cards, see my service CardVine (, which just entered public beta. Not only do CardVine cards involve presentation as well as data, they’re shareable quite easily via QR code, email, and – soon – Twitter.

  • This is really cool application but not capable to kill the business card uses. I think business card is physical thing. If you make it digital and save it on your phone and if your phone has no charging than how can you find this card.

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