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Can technology help face-to-face networking?

When you walk into a crowded bar, cocktail party, or conference hall, how do you know who’s worth meeting?

It’s a problem that scads of technology start-ups have tried to solve, without much success. Turns out that developing a device or mobile app that can supplement serendipity, figuring out which people in a room share your interests or helping you land your next big sale, is harder than building a computer that can win at “Jeopardy.”

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