Unlike LinkedIn, which works primarily as an online CV and cover letter, Upstream aims to help users build the connections and relationships that are important to their careers
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Spotted: Upstream is a professional social network developed by social analytics startup, SocialRank.
Unlike LinkedIn, which works primarily as an online CV and cover letter, Upstream aims to help users build the connections and relationships that are important to their careers.
Upstream’s first product allows professional groups and communities to post “Professional Asks” when looking to hire someone for a certain position, or when an introduction is needed at another company. Upstream Events is another of their products in which Upstream hosts a guest speaker and matches up attendees for five-minute, one-on-one video chats with the other people at the event.
Upstream says it’s already hosted more than 100 events, with 72 per cent of people who attended one event going on to attend another.
Recent updates include a new spin on “Events” called Office Hours, allowing users to set aside structured time for virtual one-on-one sessions with anyone who’s interested in speaking to them. These sessions can be either listed publicly, or they can be unlisted so that you only share them via email or within a certain community.
“We imagine a future when professionals come to Upstream for an event or Ask, and stay for the compelling opportunities that make Upstream an energising and beneficial experience for them,” said Upstream CEO Alex Taub.
Taub’s post lists more than 30 different people who are already offering office hours on Upstream, including New York Times reporter Taylor Lorenz, Foursquare co-founder/Expa partner Naveen Selvadurai and Amazon Photos Head of Product Nate Westheimer.
Upstream is also announcing that it has raised an undisclosed amount of pre-seed funding and is focused on launching a web version of Upstream (which is currently available via mobile app).
Written By: Katrina Lane