https://twitter.com/rotanarotana/status/617205473125732352 Music to my ears...yes, and thank you Gautam Ghosh and Rotana Ty!
https://twitter.com/_danilo/status/617132655025393665 https://twitter.com/AnastasiaAshman/status/617365827243765760 https://twitter.com/sarahjeong/status/616483621495554048
Besides the Fbombs, 500 Startups founder Dave McClure's trademark, investors discussed finance, funding, froth and fundamentals in the startup world.
Here's how the event at SanFrancisco's Intercontinental Hotel in June 2015 went....
Among the field of investors and founders discussing finance, funding, froth and fundamentals in theworld: Marlon Nichols of Intel Capital, Shauntel Poulson of Reach Capital, Heidi Roizen of DFJ, Michael Kim of Cendana Capital, Hunter Walk of Homebrew, Charles Hudson of SoftTechVC, Shadi Mehraein of Rivet Ventures, Jeff Clavier of SoftTechVC, Hamet Watt of Upfront Ventures, Diishan Imira of Mayvenn, and Ellen Pao of Reddit.
Hi there, female founders of San Francisco-area startups -- and their friends!
Got a micro question holding up your progress?
Here’s an answer to get you on your way.
My fellow startup veteran Shefaly Yogendra and are offering a free speed advice clinic for startup up founders when Shefaly’s in town from London next month.
- What: Speed Advice Clinic for Female Founders
- How: In 20 minute slots, the two of us will listen deeply to your problem and offer possible implementable steps
- When: Thursday June 4, from 11am to 3pm
- Where: A central spot in SOMA-SF
As you probably know, I just spent a year leading early growth, product strategy, community building and operations at a visual story app in SF. I also bring extensive global media and content experience including NYC tech journalism and Hollywood entertainment.
Shefaly recently exited her fine jewelry venture, and has 2 decades of international business building and CXO advisory experience. She's been named a top writer at Quora for the past three years.
ASK US ABOUT THESE TOPICS
- product strategy
- content and community building
- market outreach
- global growth
HOW TO JOIN US
In the comments below or by private message, let me know you want to come. We’ll get you a spot, and tell you exactly where we’ll be. We’ll also take walk ins, so even if you're not sure you can make it, reach out now to get the address.
CAN'T COME? TWEET US
Let’s do this. Share this with someone you think will like it.
That's what Toronto celebrity chef Zane Caplansky and I are going to find out, and you're invited to join us.
We're collaborating at Storia.me (formerly named Selfish), the new visual storytelling service where I've been heading content and community for the past year, to create the foundation of a book about his adventures building a deli empire.
Zane's a great storyteller, and his quest for the perfect smoked meat sandwich has taken him on a personal and professional journey around the world, from dive bars and divorce into foodie business ventures on wheels and construction lots, and onto the shelves of Whole Foods and television shows judging donuts and national radio airwaves talking about what makes Canadian food uniquely Canadian.
He's changed his name and returned to his roots and now he's serving handmade, homemade Jewish deli food the way his mother and grandmother taught him, and sharing his biggest lessons about life and how what we crave -- yes, it could be a sandwich -- holds the key to our future.
It's a story we can all enjoy.
In fact, a major Canadian literary agent requested Zane's book proposal.
Two years ago.
Does that sound familiar?
It's a common story and nightmare of many promising writers. You're busy. It's a lot of material to get your arms around. It's overwhelming! It takes time to pick out a narrative, pin down the content you want to draw from when you start writing. It also takes time to compare and contrast other related titles.
So here's what Zane and I are going to try at Storia.me, with its topic-specific, ongoing stories and its moments of photo, video and text:
We'll start capturing chapter ideas for his memoir in an exclusive story, and in this collaborative story Proposing Deli Man we'll walk you through what we’re doing together. Kind of like a blueprint for how we're doing it.
If you're a writer you'll probably find it interesting in a behind-the-scenes-in-publishing kind of way (and you might want to try it yourself, right along with us).
If you're a fan of Zane's food and his life stories, you might like to see him put together this book like he puts together his lovingly made smoked meat sandwiches.
He'll also be sharing about this project on all his platforms -- like a media- and audience-savvy book author needs to -- and inviting people to come peek in and comment. That includes you. We want to hear your thoughts every step of the way.
"It's a good example of collaboration, as well as a brilliant idea and useful for me," Zane says.
We can't wait to get started. So subscribe right now to our behind-the-scenes story Proposing Deli Man, and Zane Caplansky's Storywhere we'll be capturing all the delicious material representing his story, and be sure you're following Zane too so you don't miss any new stories he starts.
If you know anyone who would like to watch this unfold, or take part themselves, share this right now.
See you in the story!
I'm doing an AMA on Reddit this Thursday February 5 11am Pacific, 2pm Eastern.
AMA stands for "Ask Me Anything", an interview where everyone can participate.
Come ask me some questions?
My topic is "What's so wrong about being Selfish?" and in true AMA fashion, that's just a starting point for what we'll be talking about. I'll be joined by Brock McLaughlin, manager of the Luke Austin Band and a Canadian Selfish brand ambassador who racks up karma points with his obsession of dressing up his pug Sidney Vicious, and Selfish's iOS project manager Marat Kinyabulatov checking in from the Ural Mountains.
Here's one of my favorite questions from the day: "Do you think the name "Selfish" might turn people off from joining the network?"
"Yes, it's a hurdle because our associations with the word are so one-sided. Since childhood we've been admonished "don't be selfish." When someone's breaking up with us, we dread hearing the reason "you're selfish." But we have to put the oxygen mask on ourselves before we can help anyone else, right? And there's also a growing trend that we need to take care of ourselves, and nourish what we care about.
"We have an assortment of interests and relationships and ways of being. Social networking and mobile apps and visual capture tools should be able to map to those realities, and give us the control and power we desire."
My worlds colliding -- no, integrating! -- at Estee Solomon Gray's Mmindding Symposium on what she calls agile attention management. It's a movement toward our reality as relational beings, supported by the technologies of today. We can do this. We want to do this. We are doing this. The talks were by academics who study things like proxemics and chronemics. The audience was filled with people who are carving out lives and work in just this post-industrial age reality. We're returning to our natural rhythms.
Pictured and not pictured, friends and colleagues and acquaintances from GlobalNiche, future of work thinkers, expat entrepreneurs, TEDxBayArea, Wisdom 2.o conference, Exceptional Women in Publishing, Bryn Mawr College alumnae, Women's Startup Lab.
Held at Rodan-Fields HQ, pictured: Leslie Forman, Pamela Day, Karen Jaw-Madson, Tanya Monsef Bunger, Maria Judice, Monika Ashman, Shirley Rivera. Also seen at this afternoon of theory and practice of "multi minding", relational thinking and acting for a qualitative life: journalist Liza Dowd, Kevin Marks, creativity expert Austin Hill Shaw, Bonita Banducci, Minda Aguhob of Peak Foqus, salonista Betsy Burroughs.
Build a Powerful #Network through #SocialMedia - Workshop today @WSL for #Innovation Lab #Founders https://t.co/rJDa5o1Z4G #wslab — Tanya Monsef Bunger (@TMonsefBunger) October 16, 2014
Name a company, professional person, business or brand that you follow on Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn, Pinterest or get email newsletters from. How did you come to follow that source and what do you like about being in touch? How do you interact (customer service, community, feedback on product, promos, education, entertainment)? What brand or business are you aware of on social media not doing it well or otherwise making big mistakes? These are some of the questions I asked two business classes at Santa Clara recently.
In fun, interactive hour and a half sessions, I encouraged the students to become independent scholars on the topic of digital marketing and social networking since it's a topic moving at the speed of light and will never be able to be covered properly at the pace of traditional textbook publishing.
To supplement the student's rudimentary and out of date textbook chapter on this subject -- MySpace was listed first in section about social networks -- I shared my favorite cutting-edge sources for all things social networking and digital marketing:
- tools like Slideshare and Twitter chats like @MarketingNut Pam Moore's #mktgchat,
- relevant ters like content marketing, social curation, social discovery and double opt-in, and
- thought leaders in the space who produce free newsletters, webinars and other content that the students can subscribe to and learn as it happens: Brian Solis, Bryan Kramer, Jay Baer's ConvinceandConvert, Chris Brogan, Derek Halpern's Social Triggers, Shelly Kramer, ConversationAgent, Chris Garrett, Sonia Simone, Olivier Blanchard, Tara Gentile, Meghan Biro and Brian Clark.
I suggested the students can also make a Twitter list of digital marketing leaders and easily dip into what these players are discussing and with whom.
Thanks for the invitation to lead the digital marketing discussion for two of your business classes, Tanya Monsef Bunger! Your students are inspiring. Several have fledgling businesses, and many are aware consumers watching closely which businesses engage them online in meaningful ways, and which companies are failing to use digital tools to foster closer connection with their market.
Was pleased to be able to award a very participatory student, John, with a signed copy of Porter Gale's Your Network is Your Net Worth. Enjoy it!
And extra thanks to all the students of Contemporary American Business Issues for your participation and feedback, including Cindy, Armand, Jerica, Liv, Anabel, Brynn, Mariam, Meaghan, Alex, Marc, Paulina, Alec, Nicholas, Josalvin, and Ashley.
We're all digital strategists now.
In fact, if you aren't thinking deeply about how and where and with whom you appear and interact on the web, you need to start.
Today. You can and should be using your online presence as a 21st century life & work skill to connect with relevant people, information you need and enriching opportunities. I'm going to help, so you can get started today. (And the resources I'm sharing with you are completely free, so if you want to buy something you'll have to go find a different post.) I've been saying all of this for years. Doing it for years. As a content and digital publishing specialist, I've been showing people how to use their own content to connect purpose and action in digital spaces, for 5 years, both in private and group coaching environments. Along with Tara Agacayak and Tanya Monsef Bunger, I built a curriculum at GlobalNiche, a social web training company that's now shifting into an empowered digital life movement, so you can do it on your own, or in groups, wherever you are and whoever you are and whatever you do. If you are a person active online, this training will ask you the strategic questions you need to be thinking about. If you're not yet active or don't love being online, this will help you figure out what makes sense for you. Our combined 25 years of experience, including major expatriate life and work challenges, forced us to tap our backgrounds in culture, info tech, media & psychology to create this network-activating system using the backbone of the social web. We've used this method to survive. No matter who or where you are, you can use it to thrive.
I'm now making that training perfectly free, so you can take advantage of all our guidance immediately.
Want to learn how? It's my gift to you! Start by downloading the handbook
When you download this powerful free handbook you're going to start to transform what you do, how you do it and with whom. This repeatable, dynamic six-step method will help you become your own North Star on the Internet and bring you closer to the people and things you care about. You'll emerge with inspiration, direction and confidence:
- a vision that lights you up and goals you can measure
- a do-able plan and digital skills you need
- and a practice and peer group you can rely on to keep going
Here's what people who've done it say:
- "I felt I couldn’t catch up. The way GlobalNiche describes social media – it’s about using technology to communicate naturally – clicked for me." ~ paralegal
- “Opened my eyes to my own assets. It has given me the confidence to bet on myself.” ~ work-at-home parent
- “I doubled my Twitter presence just by learning about good Twitter etiquette.” ~ scriptwriter
- “I’m blown away by the possibilities. I now have an action plan. I feel a huge shift in my life." ~ academic
- "For people who are wondering if what they have to say is valuable.” ~ financial officer
- "Helped me to recognize and own how I am being virtually “seen” and make positive and educated changes." ~ landscape contractor
With this non-dogmatic foundational method you'll:
- uncover the real value you've already created: by taking inventory of what you've been doing, detecting the patterns in your activities, gaining insight into what you're drawn to
- put your mountain of natural resources to work for you: by acknowledging all that you’ve created and use it to gain insight into who you are and who you want to be
- show the world how you make sense: by linking what you've done in the past & are doing today with your wider goals
- recognize that you need to become visible to meet people you want to collaborate with, work for, hire
- combine who you are and where you want to go with the tools available to express yourself
- make empowered, focused decisions about how to operate online
- go beyond managing your reputation online to using social media to represent your best self
- meet and enter conversations with your peers, mentors and customers on the web
- get recognized by authorities & peers in your field, recruiters, the media
- identify how to use existing materials as building blocks for future projects
- identify new ways to use social media, which platforms work for you (and which do not), and how to use those platforms to your advantage
- express yourself with the best social web tools available, including how to use Google+, Quora, ScoopIt and Storify to your benefit
- gain a new understanding of the best social media and content management and strategy tools, formats, methods to try
- establish an interactive calling card at a site like About.me
- learn best practices for blogging frameworks like WordPress and Thesis, blogging services like Twitter and Tumblr, social networks like Facebook and LinkedIn, Pinterest and Instagram
- learn best uses of video and slideshow sites like Animoto, YouTube, Vimeo, Slideshare, email service providers
- grasp a new perspective on yourself as a content creator, realize the energy you generate around your interests IS content
- publish, record, remix, repackage, reformat your content
- design and implement a do-able plan with small steps to get your creations into global circulation in alignment with your larger goals
— E.B. Boyd (Liza) (@ebboyd) October 16, 2014
If you want more guidance, get the free multimedia curriculum which expands on the handbook with video coaching and other materials. You'll have lifetime access to the self-paced course, 24/7, on all your devices. I'm making that entire program perfectly free for you, so join with a friend and do it together! 4,700 people already cashed in this free coupon to get connected & effective. Did you? Let me know how you're liking it!
So pleased to support digital life thinker and my fellow Seal Press author Sarah Granger's launch of The Digital Mystique. In The Digital Mystique: How the Culture of Connectivity Can Empower Your Life – Online and Off, Granger shows us how digital media is shaping our lives in real time.
Long before I moved to SF and met her at TEDx Bay Area's Global Women Entrepreneurs, I was following Sarah on Twitter (since 2008!) where she was virtually taking me to the conferences and into the conversations I love about how digital life is shaping the way we learn, grow, and thrive.
Sarah's shared her path to publishing this book and along the way I've been thrilled to share with Sarah my own experiences with the empowerment digital life can bring.
I really appreciate the enriching role she plays in her community, and thank her for recommending me as a speaker for the Exceptional Women in Publishing conference.
The book launch is September 9 in San Francisco at AppDynamics and will feature the viewing of an Emmy-nominated six minute video by Tiffany Shlain, an introduction by BlogHer cofounder Elisa Camahort Page, and remarks by the author.
Check out the book no matter where you are!
I'm heading community and content in a new semi-private social networking tool for visual storytelling called Selfish. We're about to launch our beta iOS apps in Russia and Canada, then in the US and Android a little later, along with our desktop component. Big, global stuff for socially savvy publishers!
We're looking for digital media pioneers and adventurous, creative people to work with us as we get the kinks out of the technology, and gear up for a public launch. We're a work-in-progress, and we want to pay you for your own works-in-progress.
I'm pleased to announce the Selfish Content Creator Program.
Our paid content creator program runs from August 25-October 25. Those dates may shift, so check it out no matter what. (See full details here, and get the link to download the app on your iPhone. You'll need iOS7 or iOS8 to use the app.)
You'll be using the tool to fashion a short, connected string of posts with photos and brief text on a topic, either alone or with other co-authors.
- You can do this with your friends or family, in fact, we prefer you do it with other people since this is a collaborative tool.
- Use informal language and conversational tone.
- Ideal topics are a weekend road trip; details about your obsessions, hobbies or work or sports you play; attending a special occasion, an event like a concert or a wedding or a conference; events in an interest group you belong to.
- You can repurpose previously published material.
- You can use personal content.
The aim of this program for North American/English language creative communities is to attract diverse content into the app that reflects best uses of the tool.
I'd like to encourage creatives and bloggers out there to try the app and test its capabilities in telling a story that comes naturally to you, including stories that are happening in your life right now. Capturing real time, ongoing adventures is something this app supports well.
Also, we're going to pay you to start a story but you can always continue your Selfish stories after you reach the pay mark. We imagine you'll want to as you realize the value you've created and the new ways you discover to share your life and interests with the people who matter to you.
What are we looking for? The basics of a winning Selfish story in this program are:
- has a good cover/title/story description,
- with coauthors,
- a minimum of 10 moments total of photos and text,
- uses hashtags and geotags and @ mentions,
- with active comments, and
- social shares throughout the creation process.
Presenting our content creator program in a Selfish story (see it here) is an experiment to show you how a Selfish story works, how it's an ongoing thread of small moments, how it's different than a blog post, how it's different than a tweet or a Facebook status or a Facebook photo album, or a Pinterest pin, or an Instagram photo.
As my fellow content creator, communicator, publisher, writer, transmedia storyteller, as my fellow friend, family member, and member of other interest communities, I think you might want to know about this new mobile, social, online option for connecting what you care about with how and what you capture and share, and with whom you choose to share it. If you have questions, just ask me. I'd love to try to answer.
This story about the program shows you sample screens of existing content and creation flows while you consider the guidelines. It also demonstrates what kind of Selfish powers you can expect to harness for your own storytelling goals:
- a Selfish story has one link and is shareable everywhere;
- a Selfish story can have multiple coauthors, all posting into the ongoing story;
- a Selfish story is made of multiple moments of photos and text all linked together;
- a Selfish story is created in the mobile app and displayed on the web;
- a Selfish story on the web is displayed in animated moments with rotating images and blocks of text;
- a Selfish story is interactive, with comments and likes on each moment;
- if you’re a registered user, you can subscribe to any public Selfish story so you get all the moments in your feed;
- and, Selfish is free;
- there's more, because Selfish is all about user controls, but hey this post has to end some time.
Check out the content creator program, or send this link to someone you know who might like to try it: http://bit.ly/SelfishApp
"It's a community about possibility. I'd like to see this become a life philosophy." ~ Tiny Habits coach and environmental engineer Shirley Rivera
Just saw the rough cut of director Amit Raikar's video about the GlobalNiche movement shot this spring. Such great questions, and so many distinctive perspectives to fill in the mosaic of what GlobalNiche is, what it means, where it's going, how it works in our lives. I can't wait to be able to share it more widely! Here are some stills from the video (Shirley Rivera, Tanya Monsef Bunger, Loreen Huddleston, Bertita Graebner, me, and Evelyne Michaut), and a few juicy quotes. More to come...Thanks everyone, and Amit and crew for the wonderful work.
"This allows me to build the platform to be very consistently me in the world." ~ transpersonal psychologist and life transitions coach Bertita Graebner
When lots of other people curate the stream of content you create, what image of you emerges?
When other people curate your content for their own specialized communities, what emerges might be a multidimensional snapshot...a picture of your background, your interests, your training, your current activities, and, maybe, where you're headed.
Here's what I saw recently with a variety of online newspapers curations based on what I share on Twitter:
- My archaeology past
- my life in women's travel, cultural communications and expat coaching
- my experience with publishing options
- my role as a continuing education instructor at Udemy
- my media past-present-and-future
- my present in a coworking situation (and I'd add, my interest in the future of work.)
The snapshot is a gift, and I'm pleased and proud to be included in the below and other curations by people like Jeremy Silver, a digital media investor, entrepreneur, adviser I met at TEDGlobal.
Click on any of the paper.li links to visit the daily version of the paper each owner auto-curates from chosen sources for his or her unique and focused community.
Thanks to these newspaper creators and content curators for including me as a source in their custom paper.li.
So excited, and grateful, Shirley, for you to apply your special skills to this massive task.
— Silvana (@SilvanaMondo) June 24, 2014
Shirley will be collecting good news and specifics from everyone. Hope to hear more, like the below...
— Sandra Gea (@SoulsNavigator) June 10, 2014
— GlobalNiche (@globalniche) June 20, 2014
— Dr Amit Nagpal (@DrAmitInspires) June 13, 2014
— GlobalNiche (@globalniche) June 7, 2014
— GlobalNiche (@globalniche) May 3, 2014
— Amit Raikar (@lifunfe) April 26, 2014
— Anastasia Ashman (@AnastasiaAshman) March 4, 2014
Your entrepreneurship goals are your online presence goals and community is how you get things done.
These are the slides from last month's workshop for startup founders that Tanya Monsef Bunger and I conducted at the Women's Startup Lab in Menlo Park.
Click here for the slideshow. Last month we had a great day at the Women's Startup Lab in Menlo Park, workshopping online community building for founders. (See details here.) The questions these entrepreneurs asked got us off to a good start:
- "How do I reach people I don't know?"
- "Which tool can I use to bring together two communities and get them communicating?"
- "My community lives on Twitter but what if my end users are on Facebook?"
- "How do I combine my posts in two different languages?"
- "How do I maximize social networks to grow community, and where I do find the time for content creation?"
It was wonderful to meet and get a peek into the businesses of founders Dedra Chamberlin (Cirrus Identity, for social identity management in the higher education space), Cynthia Litchi (she's launching Tejul, a social learning site for Latin American female artisans to teach each other), and Vicky Zhang of Fledgg (a company to connect young entrepreneurs and mentors globally).
Cultural and personal sensitivity issues we covered in this workshop included how to strike a balance between one's CEO presence and personal presence online since "it's risky!" We also talked about optimizing your profiles at all the social media services and sites you're a member of. Cynthia Litchi mentioned that in Mexico, where she's from, professionals don't use LinkedIn because of security issues -- so if you want to connect with Mexican pro counterparts online, more closed settings are where you're going to find them. Thanks to Tanya Monsef Bunger, a coach at the Women's Startup Lab, for coleading this workshop and Ari Horie and everyone at the Innovation Lab for hosting.
I want to do more workshops with entrepreneurs about how they can use social media, online presence building, content creation, curation and content marketing and personal branding to grow community...
because entrepreneurs come to the table uniquely prepared to use their online presence to meet their goals.
They have a huge vision, they have distinct goals, they have content, they have a platform of some kind. And they are driven to make the most of their resources. And that's exactly what they need to combine in order to connect with their peers, their customers, mentors, advisors, investors.
"I'd like to see GlobalNiche become a life philosophy," says Shirley Rivera.
— GlobalNiche (@globalniche) March 20, 2014
The latest of many F2F gatherings of GlobalNiche people and their friends, around the world! Reading this and want to do your own? Do it!! We'll help you get the word out. Special thanks to Amit Raikar, Shirley Rivera and Tanya Monsef Bunger for event production, transportation, and inspiration and a lot of other wonderful things that made this evening happen. It was a blur of wine, and excitement and twinkling lights, and silver and raspberry and houndstooth, and happy faces and surprise meetings and balloons and cherry pie. There was a lot of hugging and huddling, and we really didn't need the crackling fireplace because we were all on FIRE!
— GlobalNiche (@globalniche) April 25, 2014
Looking forward to the video interviews that Amit Raikar directed and shot along with his full production crew of Jeri Neves, James Pendziszewski, Mike Montoya and Ryan Munevar. Amit asked each of the attendees to share what GlobalNiche is to them, and where it's taking them (and where they're taking GlobalNiche!).
Everyone came out their five minute video interview proclaiming, "I have no idea what I said!" so it'll be fascinating to see how it all adds up.
...what this expat, Third Culture, creative entrepreneur, content creator, location independence community and curriculum and study group setting and online presence building and global network tapping and personal culture creating, hybrid life design movement means to each of us.
Great to see Silvana Vukadin-Hoitt, in from Denver, just for this occasion! From the South Bay and beyond, we were excited to welcome Loreen Huddleston, Bertita Graebner, Bonita Banducci, Karen Jaw-Madson, Trish Sewe, Evelyne Michaut and Siddartha and new friends including Heather Franzese.
"Our local GN community is, I am quite convinced, mirrored and replicated everywhere in our global presence," says Bertita.
"I felt truly blessed to be among a group of such strong, smart, interesting women (and men)," says Loreen.
— GlobalNiche (@globalniche) April 25, 2014
— Anastasia Ashman (@AnastasiaAshman) April 25, 2014
Looking forward to speaking about social media for entrepreneurs along with Tanya Monsef Bunger at the Women's Startup Lab's Innovation Lab on May 13th. Innovation Lab is an intensive and interactive learning lab for startup founders "to develop the skills and competencies needed to be effective leaders/founders."
Tanya and I will be leading a 3 hour workshop in the ‘Grow your Startup’ section of the lab.
To complement six other ’how to’ subjects offered in this series, such as essential sales techniques to close deals, lean marketing strategy, lean startup training, UI/UX design, IP Strategy and Valuation/Financial modeling, we will be instructing the group on using social media to build an online community.
Tanya is my GlobalNiche team member, and for the past year has been a business coach at the Women's Startup Lab founded by Allison Chapman and Ari Horie, who's pictured below.