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If you agree with me that sharing and saving contact details to digital address books is still a tedious pain even in this day and age, you’ll be happy to meet my new buddy ContactMonkey, which offers a ridiculously simple and effective way of frictionless, cross-platform sharing of contact information on the Web.
The idea behind the cloud-based service is simple: giving people and companies a way to share contact information so their customers can easily save it to any address book, on any platform, and keep up-to-date on eventual changes.
Basically, it gives people a way to include just one link in their signatures so people don’t have to copy-paste the information they need one by one. Click the link, and you’ll find a page that not only presents various contact details in a straightforward way, but also offers links to download the information to a wide range of address books (including Microsoft Outlook, Gmail, Entourage and Lotus Notes).
For a good example, check out ContactMonkey CEO Scott Pielsticker’s page.
Free for individuals, the Toronto, Canada-based startup behind ContactMonkey offers companies a way to integrate the tool as a white-label solution for $3 per user per month. It also works well with popular smartphone platforms.
ContactMonkey, which was founded last year, also just announced that it has raised seed funding to the tune of $800,000 from Plazacorp Ventures and unnamed angel investors. The startup says it will use the fresh capital to expand sales into the North American enterprise market.
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