Topi: The Only App That Connects Everyone At Any Event

Company Name: Topi

Website: topi.com

Twitter: twitter.com/topi

Facebook: facebook.com/topiapp

Have you ever been to an event and needed a reason to start a conversation with another attendee? Have no fear, Topi is here! Before introducing yourself, the Topi app allows you to access relevant content about the event and the people attending, to encourage engagement.

Topi searches LinkedIn and Facebook profiles to let attendees find interesting people to connect with. One of it’s coolest features, “geo-fencing”, allows guests to search other attendees physically located at their event. Once guests have created their own profile, Topi offers a “WhatsApp” style chat for both 1×1 and group discussions.

Eventurously recently sat down with Topi’s COO Eric Francois to learn more about what they do, and how they’re currently transforming the event technology industry…

Eventurously: What Is Your Favorite Topi Feature?

Topi (Eric): Difficult to decide – there are a few!  Debating between geo-fencing and interest-based group conversations… hum.  Will go with the chat rooms.  They’re meaningful because it is replicating in the app the way we meet new people in real life – it almost always starts in groups (before moving to a 1×1 format) and having a “connector” is essential to break the ice or simply to keep the conversation going.

E: What Topi Accomplishment Are You Most Proud Of So Far?

T: Also a few of course – we’re a young company so all major milestones mean a lot.  I will say being selected as the official networking app for Social Media Week comes very high up on my list.  It is a global, well-known event with a wonderful, tight community and we were proud to add our technology to further engage its members.

E: What’s Next For Topi?

T: A very long list of improvements and cutting edge features.  We’re very tech focused but also cognizant that whatever we do needs to have value for event goers, event planners, sponsors, etc.  For example live translations in chats – cutting edge and at the same time valuable for attendees from all over the world to interact.  All items on our roadmap fulfill this key goal. We love to push the envelop and collaborate with creative minds… so watch out for many cool features soon.

Happy National Tortilla Chip Day!

Today is National Tortilla Chip Day, so in order to properly celebrate this holy holiday, let us tell you about our journey to finding the best tortilla chip.

The Quest For The Best Tortilla Chip (as told by Amanda Drewek)

What is the first thought that comes to mind when you hear the words “tortilla chip”? You are probably picturing yourself staring at a bowl of these chips wondering how to use that chip to get the most dip into your mouth, right?  Have you ever thought about the best tortilla chip to make that happen? I obviously have. Naturally, I first thought Tostitos Scoops.

It was a Sunday night around 8PM as I pulled out some Scoops and fresh salsa. On my first bite, I had the most dip any girl in her mid-20s could dream of on one scoop. As the glorious chip approached my mouth, sadness mixed with frustration kicked in as I realized I couldn’t fit the whole scoop in my mouth. Was I supposed to break the scoop in half? Was I supposed to use less dip?

This was when I realized that my relationship with Tostitos Scoops had to end. The next day, I was off to the grocery store. This search for the best tortilla chip quickly turned into something worse than searching for your soulmate on Tinder. I was on a mission, and there was nothing getting in my way.

After hours of taste testing and interviewing, with a couple of breaks of watching Keeping Up With The Kardashians, I realized it wasn’t the Tostitos brand that I had a problem with, it was Tostitos Scoops!! There was no reason to completely cut ties with the entire family.

I was proud to finally present the Best Tortilla Chip Award to…drumroll please…Tostitos STRIPS. The long strips allowed me to maximize the amount of dip on my chip, and less on my fingers,  easily letting me scoop the last delicious bites of the dip from the bowl. Tostitos Strips FOR THE WIN.

Your Living Eventurously’s Takeaway

If you’re looking to maximize your chip dipping experience to its full potential, our internal Tortilla expert Amanda suggests you go with Tostitos Strips to make this happen.

More tortilla chip questions? Contact Amanda at amanda@eventurously.com.

Now stop reading this and go grab some Tortilla chips to celebrate National Tortilla Chip Day!

We Live Eventurously…Care To Join?

Have you ever had to make a life changing decision? Have you ever left your job, broke up with your significant other, or packed up your life and moved to a new city? These are not light decisions to make, but sometimes what stands in between you and happiness is comfort. This comfort zone, although cozy and familiar, can hold you back from reaching your full potential.

We at Eventurously found that out together. Kelsey and Amanda – two girls born and raised in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, made our way to New York City in 2011 with no job, no apartment, and no career direction. Although we floated through a few jobs over the years, we were never fully satisfied.

Being best friends since we were 13, and both at continuous crossroads in our careers, we were looking for a drastic career (and life) change. Amanda was no longer interested in staying in her role at a law firm, and Kelsey was over working for a large technology company, but definitely did not want to leave the startup world. We both wanted/needed something new, but were terrified of change. After much discussion, and unconditional love and support from our family and friends, we decided we must quit our jobs and start fresh. What better person to completely leave your comfort zone with than your best friend? We dove in headfirst.

Next step was to figure out WHAT to do. What were we good at (besides being awesome)? Planning and organizing awesome events, that’s what! In October of 2013, Amanda and I incorporated and officially started Eventurously. We now pride ourselves on being the premiere event planning company catered to the event and marketing needs of startups in NYC. We’re able to say say that we’ve worked with incredible companies such as Facebook, Google, Twitter, Vine, and Urban Compass. We’re learning something new every day, and have never been happier! Although some days are challenging, we’re in this together. We wake up every morning exciting to see what the day brings, and how we can better ourselves, each other, and Eventurously.

So what is your Living Eventurously take away? Life begins at the end of your comfort zone. Join us on our startup journey as we post about our company’s highs & lows, events, technology, New York City, and all things we deem epic (be prepared for multiple food posts and lots of laughs).

We Live Eventurously…Care To Join?