Paperless Business Cards Ready in 30 Seconds
Haystack will replace your business card pile with easy-to-use and free app
An app that can build your digital business card in under 30 seconds will also scan and replace your cluttered antique Filofax. Haystack, a startup from Queensland, Australia, is taking something familiar and partnering it with tech for a long overdue upgrade.
Unlike other business networking services, Haystack will ease you into the shift from paper to digital. The app has a built-in business card scanner for your traditional collection of contacts.. Each scanned card is then transformed into a Haystack tile that is saved on the user’s device.
For users who already have Haystack, the app also uses NFC technology to swap contacts with a simple tapping of both phones. Haystack works on both iOS and Android to facilitate smooth cross-platform exchanges.
Haystack is different because not only is it completely free, but it is truly universal—it will work with anyone, for anyone, on any internet connected device—phones, tablets, Macs, PCs, even your Smart TV – Haystack
The app uses patent-pending branding technology to generate beautiful personalized business cards when the user signs up for the service. Haystack, unlike traditional paper cards, also has the ability to update contact information such as phone numbers or e-mails.
The Haystack cards are widely shareable across several platforms including social media, popular messengers and email.
Haystack will be available ad-free for no cost including unlimited use of the business card reader. The startup is planning to generate revenue by introducing more advanced, premium features in the future. Due to conflict with the Apple Watch launch, Haystack has postponed the launch for the U.K. and the U.S. but the app is already ready for download in Australia.
The startup has won a AU$10,000 prize from the Queensland University of Technology (QUT), winning People’s Choice Award at QUTbluebox Innovation Challenge.