Everyone uses LinkedIn now, right? Well, not exactly. If you think about it, the professional social network is pretty corporate and a little high brow. As a result, people like nurses, teachers, construction workers, even stay-at-home moms don’t really find the site relevant. So, where can they turn to connect with their peers? Hello, Kaleio.
The New Professional Networking Tool
Kaleio was created to connect the underserved market of professionals with their peers. Focused on 40 different industries, the site helps people build a workforce community by creating personal and professional relationships relative to their field.
How it Works
Kaleio members get access to other users’ profiles and are able to send messages and post or answer any questions. There’s even a marketplace section where businesses can post anything – from job opening to events to discounts. A little craigslist meets LinkedIn, perhaps?
An awesome feature of Kaleio is the Boardroom, which allows users to have private, encrypted meetings and have on-going discussions. You can upload, share and edit documents all within the Boardroom, and soon users will be able to chat live with other users in the Boardroom via live video feed that can be recorded and replayed at a later date. And, you can keep up with what’s going on with Kaleio’s daily newsfeed.
What the Founder Has To Say
Kaleio’s founder and CEO Jim Riley says, “Kaleio is gaining momentum in the professional profile space as we take a whole new approach to connecting people. Our fastest-growing industries include users in construction, education, and retail, among others—something you’re likely not going to see on LinkedIn.”
“The startup’s vision is to foster a completely connected workforce, regardless of title, level, employment status, or industry. The platform is free and open, avoiding the air of “senior-level management only” that often comes with freemium platforms. The free platform also helps ensure that users won’t be inundated with alerts and emails prompting upgrades.”
Kaleio is slated to be new tool to “network, expand brand awareness, job search, problem solve, collaborate and create community.” If you find other corporate networking tools useless to you, sign up for Kaleio and start connecting with your non-executive peers, for free. Definitely worth a try.