LinkedIn And Evernote Team Up To Digitize Business Cards

As more and more people move their work to the cloud for productivity, companies like Box, Dropbox, and Evernote are rushing to win over enterprise users. Each of these companies knows that business users are more likely to spend more money than the average person, often because it is reimbursed by their employers.

LinkedIn – Evernote: First collaboration of many(?)

Evernote is looking to become more and more essential and will certainly welcome the first of many collaborations with professional social network LinkedIn Corp (NYSE:LNKD). “The companies are really very compatible. You can combine them in a lot of different ways,” said Evernote CEO Phil Libin who believes it’s a perfect combination of “who you know” and “what you know.”

The first collaboration between the two involves unveiling LinkedIn Corp (NYSE:LNKD)’s business card scanning to Evernote’s 90 million users. Free Evernote users will receive a years worth of business card scanning simply for linking their account to LinkedIn. Prior to the announcement, the scanning of business cards was only available to paying Evernote users. Using optical character recognition, simply take a photo of the business card and you will immediately be given a note. Additionally, the app will give you the option of connecting to the card/contact on LinkedIn and allow you to save the infomation to your phone or share your contact information.

See you later CardMunch

The partnership means that LinkedIn Corp (NYSE:LNKD) will shut down CardMunch which it acquired in 2011. The app was one of very few ways to scan business cards in a timely manner with a high degree of accuracy. However, it was almost as if LinkedIn forgot that it had purchased the app and left it to die on the vine. “We have some extremely passionate and loyal users of that application,” says Bob Rosin, vice president of business development at LinkedIn. “We knew they wanted more.”

It’s not as if LinkedIn neglected a major acquisition. The company paid only $2.4 million for the application that never really took off amongst the 300 million users of LinkedIn. Evernote’s app, unlike CardMunch which used contractors to check for accuracy, is completely automatic. CardMunch users will now get two years of free scanning with Evernote and will be encouraged to migrate their contracts.

While LinkedIn Corp (NYSE:LNKD)  may feel that people just aren’t putting their business cards on the cloud. Though one person at Evernote, namely its CEO, disagrees, “I call bullshit on business cards going away — there’s no reason for them to go away,” he says. “And I think we’ve actually made them more useful.”

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Brendan Byrne
While studying economics, Brendan found himself comfortably falling down the rabbit hole of restaurant work, ultimately opening a consulting business and working as a private wine buyer. On a whim, he moved to China, and in his first week following a triumphant pub quiz victory, he found himself bleeding on the floor based on his arrogance. The same man who put him there offered him a job lecturing for the University of Wales in various sister universities throughout the Middle Kingdom. While primarily lecturing in descriptive and comparative statistics, Brendan simultaneously earned an Msc in Banking and International Finance from the University of Wales-Bangor. He's presently doing something he hates, respecting French people. Well, two, his wife and her mother in the lovely town of Antigua, Guatemala. To contact Brendan or give him an exclusive, please contact him at

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