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January 20, 2015 06:00 ET

Shapr Launches to Help You Make New Professional Connections -- Through the People You Trust

Professional Social Discovery Platform Announces $3.0 M Seed Round

NEW YORK, NY and PARIS, FRANCE--(Marketwired - Jan 20, 2015) - Introducing Shapr, the new professional social discovery platform that helps you make trusted connections with new people -- through the people you already know and trust. By making networking easy, personal, and contextual, Shapr helps you find the people you really need in life to build or grow your career, start a company, collaborate and more.

The company is based in NY and Paris, and has raised $3.0 Million in seed funding- from private investors including Frédéric Mazzella, Founder & CEO of BlaBlaCar.

"Shapr was inspired by my own experience of business networking as an entrepreneur. I've learned that the most life-changing encounters happen through mutually trusted contacts. I'm hoping Shapr can accelerate that kind of serendipity for everyone!" said Ludovic Huraux, Shapr co-founder and CEO.

How it Works: My People Are Your People
To get started, users self-select their Inner Circle -- the people close to them, whom they really know and endorse. Shapr then offers daily introductions to new people to meet from one's extended network -- the trusted people of your trusted people. Users receive up to 5 potential matches each day. To ensure selectivity, users have a soft-limit of 50 people in their inner circle to start -- which they can then expand over time.

In addition to the Meet People functionality, users can post to a shared forum called the Shapeline -- which allows them to communicate with their extended circle of trusted contacts, and to discover opportunities and updates from people one-step-away.

"Shapr is an exciting investment opportunity and an example of a company delivering on the reality that sharing strong, authentic and trusted business connections builds our future," said Mazzella. "For millennia we have built our societies and our businesses on relationships between people that share bonds of trust. Shapr enlarges the reach of individual trust and scales our opportunities globally."

The founding team includes French entrepreneur Ludovic Huraux, previously the founder of leading French dating site Attractive World, and Zane Groshelle, formerly with Prezi and Songza.

Be a Shapr: Start Now

Shapr is a free app for iOS and Android. Download it today from the AppStore and Google Play.

About Shapr - A Place for Opportunity, Collaboration and Advice
Based in NYC and Paris, Shapr is dedicated to making professional networking easy, personal, and contextual. The founding team includes French entrepreneur Ludovic Huraux, previous founder of leading French dating site Attractive World, and Zane Groshelle, previously of Prezi and Songza. Shapr has raised a seed round of $3.0 M US from private investors including Frédéric Mazzella, Founder & CEO of BlaBlaCar.com. www.shapr.net @WeAreShapr

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