Contap – A New Way To Network and Connect

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Contap is a Philadelphia-based startup focused on revolutionizing the way people connect and share information.

I recently joined an amazing startup here in Philadelphia called Contap, as their marketing lead.

Some Background On My Obsession With Networking

Since graduating college, I’ve always been into networking and meeting new people. This increased exponentially after I left the field of journalism and entered into the business world. Networking became, and still is, a crucial part of my business development activities.

I’ve always loved business cards, since I was young, I always designed my own business cards. In high school I studied the business card culture in Japan and that fascinated me even more with connecting and networking.

Flash-forward to 2006, I had just joined Mobile Mini, so networking and connecting with business owners (construction and otherwise) became a crucial part of my business. This only increased when I opened up Goldstein Media in 2007, and then as an entrepreneur, I faced the reality of connecting with new people all the time. Over subsequent years, I’ve tried lots of different technologies (apps, binders,. gadgets, gizmos) to keep my contacts organized. I found a great app called FullContact, which I used to this day, to keep my contacts up-to-date across my email accounts.

But, something was missing. As much as I loved the business card, I wanted something that would utilize the power of my smart phone and integrate my social platforms, documents, etc,. Enter Contap.

When Seth Met Jason

I first discovered Jason Craparo, the CEO and founder, when I read an article in a local technology blog, where they were outlining the early version of Contap. I wrote a message in the comments and Jason and I met up for coffee. During this meeting, Jason shared with me the vision for what Contap was going to be in the future, I wanted in. This was more than a year ago. The team at Contap has been heads-down completely redesigning and rebuilding the application from scratch. Now we’re in July 2016, funding is coming in from all over the country. I’ve accepted the position of Marketing Lead (contract for now).

So What Exactly Is Contap?

“We’re a Philadelphia-based startup focused on revolutionizing the way people connect and share information,” Jason says. “We want our app to be the go-to app used at networking events across the world and facilitate every new connection that happens. Wherever connections are made (happy hour, conference, Meetup event), that’s where we want to be.”

Users load up their contact info, documents, CRM, social platforms, etc. and when they meet new people they can easily tap on whatever icons they’d like to share with their new Contap. All their Contaps are then stored in the app, and they can easily call, text, email, view social media, and documents right from the app. If you want to add a new Contap to your, simply tap on the CRM button and they’re added.  More CRM integrations and more cloud-based document storage options (Google Drive, Box, OneDrive, iCLoud) are on the roadmap as well as other social networks and functionality.

Think sharing Instagram, Twitter, cell phone with the happy hour crowd, but Linkedin, Resume, Website, and Business number at a networking event. Two different audiences, separate information.

The app is now available on the Google Play store for Android, with iOS version coming in a few weeks.

I’d love for you to try out Contap and let me know what you like, dislike, would want to change, etc. Post your thoughts below or email me directly at em.patnoc@kcabdeefpatnoc.


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What I’m Thankful For

What I'm Thankful For
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(This post first appeared on Medium)

This year with everything that is going on, we need to focus on what we’re thankful for more than ever.

I’m thankful for a lot of things, and it’s hard to really articulate them at times. A good friend, client, and mentor (Susan Detwiler of the Detwiler Group), put up a great post today on her blog about what she’s thankful for.

This post got me thinking, with all the horrible events going on in the world, we should focus on the positive, about what we are in fact thankful for.

So what am I thankful for? Well, here’s a list:

  • My Family — I know that’s a cliche, but I really am. My immediate family (my wife and son) are so supportive of me and love me unconditionally. Also my extended family (parents, inlaws, siblings, cousins etc.). Especially this year, with my step-father having a heart attack and a triple bypass I really have realized how important parents are. I’ve known deep down that they are special, but almost losing my step-father made me realize how much I not only adore my mother, but how important my step-father is to that equation. Pop, I love you!
  • My Friends — Now this is dual layers. My core group of good friends is small, but my larger community of friends (Doylestown and online) matter too. Thank you guys for always being there for me.
  • My Co-workers — Being a self-employed worker can be tough at times, there’s a lot of alone time, but thankfully I’m able to be involved with some great companies that I work for and who give me co-workers. Mike, Adam, Amanda, Nick, the whole Speed and Function crew, and many more, thank you for putting up with my sometimes boisterous nature (sometimes, yea right… more like all the time). I’m very thankful for you.
  • My Opportunities — Not only am I running my own little agency, I’m also helping Mike Bertoni with his, and helping build an awesome startup and helping a great promotions company with their social media. I’m very fortunate to have these opportunities.
  • My Country — I know, it’s even more of a cliche than saying my family, but it’s true. More and more I see the crap that goes on in the World and the swaths of the World that doesn’t have liberties like we do here and it gives me pause. I’m extremely thankful for my liberty and will fight for it, maybe not with weapons, but with my words and actions.
  • The Internet — Now that sounds silly, doesn’t it? Well it’s not. I’m really thankful for the ‘net, because it enables me to work, play, learn, and grow. Often all four at the same time. Being ADHD, I’m able to work the way I work best. I’m able to be productive and get stuff done. Thank you Sir Tim Berners-Lee.

There is so much more that I’m thankful for that I could be here all day writing my list. I might come back here to write some more down, but more importantly, what are you thankful for?

Seth Goldstein is the Chief Marketing Officer for My Sensory Locations, a location-based application for the Special Needs community. In addition, he is the Principal Creative Director of Goldstein Media LLC, an interactive marketing agency based in Bucks County, Pennsylvania,VP of Web and Social, Social Media Manager for, and Editor and Chief of Netcast Network. Seth is a very busy man and that’s how he likes it.