Beg, Borrow, or Steal (Okay, Maybe not) Your Way into O'Reilly (Pt. 1)
Conferences, MeetUps, BarCamps, (even Par-Tays) play a critical role in your startup’s development. Don’t underestimate their value in networking, knowledge-building, and recruiting. Get out there, don’t wait. And budget for one big one. In an earlier post, I talked about PodCamp/SearchCamp Philly — these, like Refresh DC (and other Refreshes) are no-brainers, because they’re mostly […]
What, Couldn't Make it to Pod/SearchCamp Philly?
Why not” Here’s the scenario: Two and half hours away, dozens of very smart people were availing themselves to anyone with $21 interested in learning about podcasting, search engine marketing (SEM) and optimization (SEO) from 10am to 4pm on Saturday and Sunday. Did I mention that it was only $21? And the organizers (bless their […]
What Makes You Tick?
This weekend I was at Podcamp NYC 2. This is my fourth podcamp and second in two weeks. As someone who gets to go to a lot of events, conferences, unconferences, networking thingys, etc. I decided going into this trip that I would treat this thing differently than normal. Normally, I’m speaking or otherwise outgoing […]
There is way too much talk about transparency going around. Seriously. I’m guilty. Apparently, 40,292 other people are also guilty. Transparency is one of those buzzwords people like to throw around to demonstrate that they’re savvy in the business of social media. If we have a blog, says one marketing strategist at XYZ company, we’ll […]
Friends vs. Fans
I think that maybe we’ve done some serious harm to the concept of friends with all this social media stuff. Seriously. On Facebook, how many of your friends are really friends? I have over 2000 followers on Twitter. How many of them know my real name without looking? How many events do people with significant […]
PodCamp Rule #7 to be Instituted
There are 6 rules of Podcamp (There used to be 7, but former rule #4 dictating that PodCamps be free was revoked after PodCamp Boston 2). The rules governing the organization and execution of PodCamps are (as listed by co-founder Chris Penn): All attendees must be treated equally. Everyone is a rockstar. All content created […]
PodCamp DC Review
Yesterday, I mentioned that PodCamp DC was happening and it was a successful event, in my books. The organizers worked their tails off to pull off the event, the sessions were great – I’m hearing wonderful feedback from the session hosted by Andy Carvin of NPR and Jim Long (NewMediaJim) from NBC. This is now […]
Podcamp DC is this weekend and Technosailor is a sponsor. I’m a fan of the Podcamp movement, but I’m particularly a fan of them being locally based. Local sponsors, local organizers, local attendees, local issues, etc. Last year, I drove up 95 to PodCamp Philly (I consider Philly to be relatively local since it is […]
The 2007 Travel Awards
I have never traveled in my life as much as I have this past year. I have taken 12 trips and I think I’m done for the year – though I do think I may need a Toronto trip before Christmas. At any rate, I can look back at various trips and point to them […]