Review: Ryze

Ryze is a general-purpose business networking site. Since its launch in October 2001 as an extension of founder Adrian Scott’s Web of Finance mixers, it has grown to several thousand members all over the world, although the heaviest concentration of membership seems to be from Silicon Valley and New York City. The membership is very diverse, with everything from job hunters to consultants to high-tech executives. There is a heavy social flair to the site, owing largely to its excellent use of member photos, but don’t be fooled – there’s also a wealth of real business being created here.

Basic membership is free and will allow you to set up a profile, explore other people’s profiles, and participate in networks (sub-groups centered around topics, interests, or geography). Various levels of paid membership are available, but for less than $10 a month (less than the cost of most networking events), you can get the Gold membership and have access to all the features. Ryze’s advanced features offer power networkers a variety of tools for proactive networking, but Ryze’s simple and highly intuitive user interface make it very accessible even to novices.