Letslunch is now offering widgets that allow you to display your lunch availability on your blog, on social media or on your website. Now great professionals who read about you on your blog or website can easily reach out and meet with you. All you need to do is copy and paste the code from our ‘Widgets’ tab under resources and you’re ready to go!
Are you with a great company that is looking to make new business contacts? You can now display the Letslunch profiles of employees who are looking to meet new contacts for lunch. Check out this amazing example of a recruiting firm called Rockit Recruiting, http://rockitrecruiting.com/careers-lunched/. Potential clients who are already perusing your website now have a simple way to reach out to you right then.
Another great way to use widgets is for groups. Say your organization, such as the ‘FounderInstitute,’ http://LetsLunch.com/FI wants to promote their Letslunch group as well as their own members who are open to a networking lunch. Now members who are available for networking lunches can be prominently displayed on your organization’s website and easily discovered by other members or potential new members of your organization.
Lastly, don’t forget to try a Letslunch widget for job seekers and recruiters. If you are looking for a new job, make sure and put your Letslunch profile on your website or blog. If you are a recruiter, place your Letslunch profile on your website and make it easy for the talent to come to you!
Introducing LetsLunch 3.0
Check out Letslunch 3.0! We just had a big launch party in the UK sponsored by Adams Private Membership Club. We have several great VIPs on board in the UK and we’re moving full steam ahead.
Also, check out our latest write-up in Techcrunch.http://techcrunch.com/2012/09/21/letslunch-uk/. Letslunch is now live in the UK, France, Netherlands and Italy and preparing for aggressive expansion across Europe. Check out our new features below:
“Looking for a designer, web developer, accountant, or other professionals?” Well, now service professionals can pay to ‘sponsor’ themselves on Letslunch to help them generate great contacts for their business. Letslunchers can now easily find such people and go to lunch with someone who’s services or advice they need.
We’ve built new widgets that make it easier for job seekers, recruiters and groups to network with great people. Now you can add your Letslunch profile to your blog or webpage so when great people find you, they can immediately reach out and connect in real life!
We have two great new features to help you plan more lunches. The first, ‘Invite a New Contact’ helps you make use of that stack of business cards from people you’ve met, but haven’t connected with again. Simply type in the contact’s email address and Letslunch will send an invite with your lunch availability.
Has it been awhile since you’ve connected with some of your Linkedin or Facebook contacts? Try the new ‘Reconnect with an Existing Contact’ feature and send your lunch availability to someone with you haven’t connected in a while. It’s a simple quick way to reconnect. What are you waiting for?
The LetsLunch Team
The LetsLunch team recently set out to meet its most active luncher, Francis
, to ensure we got to celebrate his 50th
Over the past months Francis met with dozens of entrepreneurs, designers, hackers, social media experts, and others for lunch, expanding his network.
“Lunch is an hour during the day which really gets me out of the intense work schedule and i so look forward to meeting a new person that its one of the high moment of the day for me,” says Francis. He followed by expressing his love of meeting fellow lunchers to speak deeply about common topics of interest and really get to know the person 1-on-1.
The LetsLunch community is extremely engaged with 20% of its users LetsLunch.com/search
have enjoyed lunch with a dozen or more fellow users. Users choose when, where, and with whom they want to meet to accommodate their busy schedules and preferences.
As the war for talent rages on in silicon valley, the hiring process has evolved into a courtship.
RockIT Recruiting wants to start these relationships by buying you lunch!
Engineers can use the LetsLunch powered page to decide where and when they want to have their lunch with one of RockIT’s employees.
RockIT is taking recruiting back to its roots- this is a people business and we care about the people we work with.
At RockIT, we see eating lunch as a necessary evil, so might as well get some networking in while you do it. RockIT has announced a new partnership with the networking startup LetsLunch.com to bring free lunches to engineers. With this partnership, job seekers are able to easily navigate to RockIT employees’ LetsLunch profiles straight from RockIT’s website. They can view and schedule available lunch slots, and specify preferred locations. To kick off this initiative, RockIT is hosting food trucks at its headquarters at 880 Harrison Street in San Francisco on Monday, June 18, from 11:30am to 1:30pm. Going forward, engineers can use RockIT’s Careers Lunched page, powered by LetsLunch, to schedule free lunches with RockIT employees. You don’t have to be looking for a job, you just need to be hungry!
A Harvard University study shows that 15% of the reason a person gets a job, keeps a job, or advances in a job is related to technical skills and job knowledge… 85% has to do with people skills.
In a recent Forbes Magazine article, The Secret to Successful Networking is a Four Letter Word, Mindy Lockard explains the keys to good networking — effective conversations. Whether it’s official business or social, making conversations can make or break how we build a network of people to call on as we make our journey up the professional ladder. The four things she outlines are: 1) Work your name; 2) Work to remember names; 3) Work to know others; 4) Work to help others connect.
And this can be very easy and efficient to do when you have LetsLunch here to help!
Where would you take shelter if World War III breaks out tomorrow? USA? UK?
China? Probably not. These countries are too busy leading the world to be safe.
What about an island nation in the southern pacific that produces milk and dairy
as much as Middle East produces oil? New Zealand is the most isolated and
expansive fully developed nation in the world. However, kiwis utilize this
physical isolation and the smaller population to their advantage by building a
very strong connected community at the national level. With the launch of
LetsLunch in New Zealand on 26th March 2012, Kiwis are going gangbusters to
use this amazing concept to build meaningful business relationships grow their
network and connect with their community even further.
A fully sold out and an exclusive launch party at Auckland’s pristine Viaduct
restaurant Portofino was organized with a group of 50+ leading entrepreneurs,
business leaders, angel investors, media, politicians & other interesting
personalities across New Zealand. Groups of 4-6 people were placed together
keeping in mind their industries, background, & personality type to make sure
that everyone has a great time, build meaningful business relationships and
grow their network. A facebook competition was also organized to give
ambitious and passionate lunchers the opportunity to meet with high profile
business leaders by telling us on our New Zealand Facebook Page, “ How do you
see benefiting from LetsLunch?” We had terrific response to our competition
leading to 5 tickets being given away to the winners for their thoughtful
Due to the terrific launch event and a fully sold out event, LetsLunch got
explosive media coverage with articles in leading magazines such
as Techday and featured on TV3
As the kiwis get busy lunching and building meaningful business relationships
over lunch, LetsLunch NZ Team has got concrete plans to take LetsLunch to
thousands of kiwis all around NZ.
You asked, we listened. LetsLunch now supports Group Lunches!
At LetsLunch, We have BIG ears. No Seriously. We do. We listen to your whispers before they become too loud.
Since the launch of Letslunch, we have been big fans of one to one lunches as it really gives each letsluncher the opportunity to connect and build meaningful business relationship and grow your network. However, the opportunity of meeting with multiple awesome letslunchers at the same time is too enticing for many lunchers. That is exactly what we have for you today! The simplest & the most advanced way of setting up group lunches, with a touch of a button, ever built. Till now, LetsLunch has redefined the one to one networking space. Now, we are giving you a sure shot turbo charged way of developing meaningful relationships with Group Lunches. Here is how it works:
1. Choose the table size and the restaurant name where you want to organize the group lunch. That is all you need to do!
We don’t take a cut from the restaurants so you can lunch on the cheap. After all, it’s YOUR Group Lunch.
2. Once you create the lunch, we will automatically notify all the awesome letslunchers near to the restaurant about your group lunch.
Groups help you meet people with similar interests and you can leverage the LetsLunch community to full potential.
Maximize your lunch ROI and meet several new people with similar interests.
Join a Group or create your own
Create a group meal:
Choose a restaurant, table size, and date. Leave it to us to invite other nearby Lunchers. There is no need to worry about the menu, or pre-pay before the meal their share at the restaurant. We do not take a cut to keep your cost low.
Start a discussion
Get to know your fellow Lunchers and engage in conversation online, before the meal begins.
We will continue adding awesome new features for our growing LetLunch community and appreciate any feedback or ideas you might have. In the meantime, happy lunching!
This is the second article in a series outlining the new features released as part of LetsLunch 2.0. In the previous blog post we talked about introducing two people. Here we introduce the ‘Groups’ feature.
The ‘Groups’ function on LetsLunch.com allows users to create a group for people to join who have similar interests and networking goals. It skips the steps of composing request emails, checking calendars and locating lunch venues. Just create a group like the ‘Hacker News Group’ and set up a lunch event entering the time, date, location and a description letting the users know why they should have lunch with you and others. Up to 4 people can RSVP themselves to the group lunch event created by you. These groups are a great way to exchange ideas and check on lunches taking place near you. Just like the discussions on Hacker News are more serious and less provocative, similarly LetsLunch group lunches might be small, but the discussion doesn’t get drowned out by the presence of too many people. And as professionals of similar interests get together, the discussion won’t get diluted.
What are the benefits of ‘Groups’? Most networking events don’t provide the intimate, face-to-face interaction required to build trust with other business people. Networking events like meetup provide only the first step, i.e. exchange of business cards, after you have sifted through the many networkers with different goals and introduced yourself to someone you don’t know. It is then your job to follow up
and set up a meeting in person, which in itself requires phone calls and scheduling a convenient meeting time and place.
The Hacker News Group created on LetsLunch.com is meeting on Feb 21st 12 noon at the Grove Cafe, the first group lunch via LetsLunch.com for all you hacker news enthusiasts out there.
There are some people who don’t seem to realize that networking is really about building and maintaining relationships with other business people and not just having a Rolodex bulging with business cards. The key to developing business relationships is to have two way communication utilizing every tool and opportunity to create interaction, be it through your web site, email, newsletters, customer surveys, online message boards and blogs. However nothing quite beats meeting someone face to face. Communication in person is a much richer experience.
Here are a few questions to ask yourself. Do you procrastinate over sending out follow up emails or just feel it’s a waste of time? Do you hesitate in introducing contacts to each other fearing that the relationship won’t be beneficial to you? Do you assume that your contacts will think you are using them for business?
It can be hard to break through the shell of fear and hesitation of being a super connector. But once you shatter it, the possibilities are endless; the experience can be rewarding and vastly expand your sphere of opportunity. And it doesn’t take much time to get the ball rolling.
James Altucher quite nicely describes how you can become a meta-connector in his article ‘The 9 skills needed to be a super connector’. Introducing two other people who are great connectors is an excellent way of increasing your own circle of connections. Introducing two people who can be mutually beneficial is another great way of super connecting. You might not get immediate results by introducing two people over lunch apart from a warm fuzzy feeling inside, but in the long run, having been the catalyst for something good, you increase your chances of a return favor.
Get going and apply the 9 skills needed to become a super connector. Professionals are always willing to engage with new and interesting people who can add value to their network. So shake off the fear, the assumptions and the hesitation and get connecting, super connecting!
At letslunch we are launching a feature called “Introduce two people for lunch” with just the name and email id’s of two people you want to meet – setup a lunch for them.
For Anne one of our user wanted to setup a lunch between two people she thought should know each other. She filled out the info and an email went out to both the people about the intro lunch.
So start intro’ing people and pay it forward!
LetsLunch.com is now a year old! We have come a long way in the past year, launching in Italy, New Zealand and India. To mark the occasion, we are releasing LetsLunch 2.0,with glossy profiles and new features to make networking over lunch more rewarding.
In the last few months we have incorporated recommendations from LetsLunch users and added some new features which we will explain in separate blogposts.