I was caught off guard at the last conference I attended. I had just built Pen.io, and at the last minute was invited out to the U.S.
In this day and age of smart phones, I wrongly assumed that I could easily go without having any business cards. Yet, with all apps being built to manage contacts, and with all the cloud based contact managers available, business cards are still the standard when it comes to sharing contact details in a conference environment.
Out side of a conference environment, I've found business cards aren't neccisarry. There isn't as much pressure to move things along quickly so you can bust out the next wunderapp to share contact details in some novel way.
In the end I walked away from the event with a stack of cards, I didn't hand over a card, instead having to switch the lame option of having the contact manually enter your details in their phone or scribbling something down on a piece of paper. Not exactly professional. Full disclosure - I still managed to make contact with all the leads I could of hoped for.
So as much as I would love to ditch business cards, the reality is, there is no one quick, easy way to share contacts. Sure, there are some great tools out there that are tackling this exact problem. But they aren't exactly The Standard. The Standard is still the business card. And yes it's a rubbish standard.
To avoid being caught out at the next big conference, I've caved in and got some of these bad boys printed up. Maybe in a year or two, I won't need to reorder.