Whether you are looking to find a co-founder for your start-up, connect with a potential investor or hire a college intern, there's an app for that.
Smartphones are changing the business-building game for entrepreneurs. With a few taps or swipes, introductions are brokered, coffee cups shared and an ever-widening circle of connections made.
LinkedIn, with more than 313 million people registered on the site, commands the professional networking sphere, and in the past year it has released a series of apps for the smartphone and tablet. But they're not the only mobile tools that can help you mingle or strike up that first conversation.
The answer to business networking via smartphone isn't adding connections through Faceboook or Twitter, either. In fact, the app ecosystem being developed for entrepreneurs is looking a lot more like popular dating app Tinder than any of the staid social media models. And many of the latest networking apps make use of LinkedIn and other social media data, precisely so you don't have to directly access LinkedIn or other social media sites yourself.
Check out these 8 under-the-radar networking apps to help boost your presence on the scene and meet those who can help you achieve your goals. As they say in business, it often comes down to who you know, not what you know.
—By Ellen Lee, special to CNBC.com
Posted 25 October 2014