Are you a skilled freelancer who takes control of your own time and career, enjoying the freedom to work from wherever you want and with whomever you want? Or, perhaps you are a small business owner, constantly looking for skilled service providers whom you can trust, rather than randomly contracting with strangers?
Or are you simply someone who wants to find the services and skills that you need, when you need them?
If so, meet Kalido, a mobile app developed and launched in South Africa, specifically designed to enable people to instantly find each other for business or social activities.
Whatever it is you want to do, as a talented professional or a client, (give tax advice, learn yoga, find a running partner), Kalido can match you with relevant people, ranking them according to your goals (the services or skills you need, or that you can provide to others) along with social and geographic proximity.
Kalido prioritizes matches with people that you know, along with their contacts (a friend ranks higher than a friend-of-a-friend), and allows your contacts to make introductions and referrals, making it easy to help you find the right, trusted connection. Kalido continues to find more opportunities, 24/7, until the you remove the goal in question.
“Finding the kind of clients you want as an independent contractor is hard. Finding skilled workers and service providers consumes time and social capital for everyone. By letting you instantly tap the networks of everyone you know in a personalized way, Kalido makes the whole process incredibly simple and quick, and does so in a way that respects the privacy of all parties involved,” says Kalido COO and co-founder, Ashvin Sologar.
Starting a conversation is easy, with Kalido’s one tap introduction requests, simple chats with shared contacts to get referrals, ice-breakers to help you start conversations, and push notifications that let you know when a match is found.
Kalido doesn’t take any commission and there is no sign-up fee meaning users keep everything they earn after independently negotiating their fees with clients.
Kalido was largely developed in South Africa over a two year period by a team of world-class software engineers and designers. The team’s business experience, meanwhile, comes from prominent global companies, including Alibaba and management consultancy McKinsey & Company.
After its local launch, Kalido will rollout worldwide, starting with a launch in India, in late August, followed by Australia. Kalido has also partnered with an American university, rolling out its services to students and alumni across the United States.
“Through Kalido, we want to build the first truly trusted global platform for individuals to connect and exchange services in the real world – empowering freelancers everywhere and awakening the entrepreneur in all of us,” adds Kalido CEO and co-founder, Sanjay Varma.
Kalido is based on the idea that workers of all ages, skill types and in all geographies are increasingly seeking opportunities to work on their own terms. At the same time, people everywhere are intent on finding skilled service providers whom they can trust, rather than relying on blind outsourcing to strangers, or expensive corporate options. Kalido is fast becoming the go-to digital portal for anyone not defined by time zones or corporate labels. www.kalido.me