This App Creates an Instant Digital Dossier for the People You Meet Refresh helps you make a personal connection by curating digital data.
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Imagine you're at a trade show, about to meet a potential customer. You could jump between LinkedIn, Facebook and Twitter to get yourself up to date on your prospect's life, or you could enter the person's name into the free Refresh mobile app and view his or her latest LinkedIn, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Google+ and Foursquare updates, and even relevant e-mails from your inbox. The result is a timely, top-level dossier put together in seconds that can help you get a sense of the person's interests, perspectives and passions.
"I use it to break the ice with potential new hires," says Brandon Leonardo, co-founder of Instacart, a San Francisco-based online grocery-delivery service with 80 employees.
Refresh is the result of an epiphany Bhavin Shah had 10 years ago, when he was director of new business for LeapFrog Enterprises. He spent hours prepping for a critical meeting, only to see that what mattered most was the personal connection and understanding between the two sides. "One 90-second side conversation was all it took to change the tone of that meeting," he says.