Before you think we’re just another app that scans paper business cards and files them away in some sort of a digital rolodex, think again. Squiqr Pro is more than just a paperless business card. It is super slick and specifically made for savvy networkers who wish to secure their contact information into their prospect's phone while contributing to the well-being of people and our planet. We're a purposeful social enterprise on a mission to make our planet a cleaner, greener, healthier place for all to live and thrive.
Okay yeah, scanning is involved, but Squiqr is way different. As our tagline puts it in a nutshell, it’s smooth’r, smart’r, quiq’r. Squiqr.
The ‘qr’ at the end of our company brand name, Squiqr, may have given you a hint that a QR code is involved. However, paper is not! As many of you know from your own personal experience, 88% of business cards are thrown out within a week of being exchanged. Multiply that times millions of business professionals and all sorts of other networkers, vendors and trained monkeys and all of sudden you end up with over 27 million business cards printed daily that go straight into the trash. Do even more math and you end up with about 10 billion business cards (yes, with a B) printed every year in the US alone.
Guess where most of that ends up? Yup, in landfills where it decomposes and emits methane (CH4), a potent greenhouse gas (GHG) that happens to be a major contributor to global warming. Methane is 28 to 36 times more effective than CO2 at trapping heat in the atmosphere over a 100-year period, per the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) assessment report (AR5).
We’re not out to get rid of all paper business cards once and for all. We’re simply offering a paperless alternative that’s not only a more cost efficient way of networking, but a less wasteful and more purposeful one too. An average, fairly active business professional who attends networking events throughout the year may hand out up to about 500-1000 business cards per year. This equates to using about 100 sheets of paper and 300 gallons of water per year for paper production.
When you stop and think of said fun facts and contemplate the number of trees that were harmed in the making of certain paper business cards, the chemicals that are typically used in the process of making them, and the amount of water that could be used for something more important, you can't help but realize that you have the choice to make a small, yet hugely impactful difference in the lives of others. For example, if one considers less fortunate children around the world who lack access to fresh water, one may rethink one’s choice of the way one could do business. Perhaps?
The long-standing tradition, sense of royalty and professionalism that’s associated with the exchanging of business cards is not to be disregarded or disrespected. After all, the first concept of such “visiting cards” used by prominent, wealthy businessmen dates back to 15th Century China, a place where the modern day paper business card maintains its high regard as an extension of an individual who shall be treated with honor and respect.
Fast forward to 2019, throughout the world and throughout every industry, the business card is still an integral part of doing business. The act of exchanging it with another business professional, then going home and placing them into a pile, then throwing it out within a week. Networking, it’s a key aspect of doing business.
Times have changed, our population has grown, people are suffering and our resources are thinning out. And when 15 billion trees are cut down every year and climate action is necessary now more than ever before, can it be a good time to make an impactful decision to go with paperless business cards?
At Squiqr, we appreciate the importance and value of a company’s own branding including one’s logo, color scheme and font type. With Squiqr Pro, a traditional paper business card is converted into a form of a digital business card. And when one changes jobs, gets a promotion, or changes their information, we simply update their Squiqr code. No need to reprint cards and no need to toss out unused ones either. It can save time, money and potentially, our planet’s existence.
Squiqr is founded by Mark Suarkeo & Tun Karnjanakul. Each of us come from different backgrounds and share a passion for protecting our planet and living a sustainable lifestyle.
Squiqr is not just designed for business professionals, it can be for anyone who wishes to make a positive social and environmental impact including students, freelancers, startups and Fortune 500 companies who wish to uphold their corporate social responsibilities.
Our 3P Pyramid Model is the foundation of our team culture and the way be do business and life. The values in which we live by allow us to create a gratifying, well-balanced company culture that’s purpose-driven for the betterment of our ecosystems and for every living being.
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by Mark Suarkeo
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