Cy Khormaee loves paper. Drawings and diagrams of the app he’s developing are tacked to the walls of his office space at Lightspeed Ventures in Menlo Park, where he is a fellow. The irony is that he’s developed an app that replaces two long-term paper staples of the business world, the Rolodex and small spiral notebooks.
He explains that PeopleNotes, available for free in Apple’s app store, helps you keep track of the people you meet. Use it to take notes, and it pulls in information from social media – like LinkedIn – so that you have it at the ready, whether or not the person is already a contact.
“It’s a kind of mobile Rolodex, although when I say that to people my age, most don’t know what I’m taking about.”
Cy is a new resident of Silicon Valley, having moved here after getting his MBA from Harvard Business School last June. “That was my goal,” he said. “To move here and do a startup. I love it here. I bike to work every day, and it’s only rained a couple of times.” (We did warn him that we’re in a bit of a drought.)
He says one of PeopleNotes distinguishing features is that you have a photo of the person, thanks to the LinkedIn content: “You meet someone at a conference and collect a business card, but you don’t remember their face. This solves that.”
The next step for Cy and PeopleNotes is to raise a round of money this month. “We’ll be watching what early users find helpful and useful and look for further ways to engage and retain them.”
Photo by Irene Searles; screen shot of app provided by Cy Khormaee