Category Archives: meetup

Ryze: business networking with meetups

If you’re interested in business networking, Ryze is worth checking out.
A relative newcomer, it doesn’t have the large networks or polished interface of LinkedIn. What it lacks there, though, it makes up for in terms of local presence. Ryze makes it easy to find and meet up with people in the same city, with RSVP-handling for events.

The basic account’s pretty limited, though. You can’t contact anyone beyond two degrees, which isn’t really that bad because you can (and should!) develop links with people along the way. You can’t create your own network, so no Orkut-like groups here. There seems to be a limit on how many times people can contact you. And just what does it mean to “see who wants to network with you”?

On the plus side, you can customize your profile page to an insane extent. That’s cool. There’s also more of a social aspect to it, with people indicating their interests, haves and wants.

Something to watch because of the meetups, but my primary network’s still going to be LinkedIn.

TorCHI social

As Gabriel Mansour went to all the trouble of e-mailing, texting, and
calling me to make sure I got to TorCHI, I thought it would be a good
idea to go—and it certainly was! I had a lot of fun conversations
about interpersonal communication (heh!), Tupperware, and other
things. Good stuff!

Random Japanese sentence: 彼の年老いた猫はまだ生きている。 His old cat is still alive.

Meet up at Shoeless Schmooze!

The end of summer so let’s have a been (or two) and hook up with some
friends and make some new ones…

http://profectio.com/forde/2006/08/19/shoeless-schmooze-august-31st/

August 31st, 6:00 PM tillÅ .

We had a great turn out the previous times this was held. Lots of great
conversations and business connections, and all around good times were had!
So let’s do it one more time!!

I’ve gone back to the management at Shoeless Joe’s and they’re going to give
us a deal on beer ($3.50) and throw in some food.
A great environment to talk about what’s going on in the technology,
marketing & PR and all things that impact it, or just kick back and have a
drink and talk what ever on your mind they even throw some finger food.

Where / When:

  • Shoeless Joe’s – 401 King Street W (King St. & Spadina Ave) (Map)
  • August 31st

What to bring:

  • Lots of business cards
  • Loonies – we’ve got $3.25 beer & wine (not including tax & tip)
  • Lots of great ideas and things to talk about

Who will be there:
This is open to anyone to anyone who’s looking to network, socialize,
schmooze and connect with other business minded people from any sectors; but
chances are you fit into technology, marketing, public relations in some way
shape or form.

What next:
Would love to know if you can make it ­ hit me up on email or leave a
comment on the blog or reply to the email if you can make it.

Dave Forde

Profectio – Bringing together Canada’s connected community -

www.profectio.com

Personal Blog – www.profectio.com/forde

E-Mail from DAVE FORDE

#lifecampto up – January 31 (Sat), 10:30 AM brunch

Mark Kuznicki reminded me to get #lifecampto out the door. =)

Details and sign-ups at lifecampto.eventbrite.cominitial blog post

Sketchnotes: William Mougayar (engagio) at Third Tuesday Toronto

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(Click on the image for a larger version)

William Mougayar shared lessons learned from serial entrepreneurship at the Third Tuesday Toronto meetup. He also demoed his recently funded startup, engag.io, which promises to be a social inbox for comments and conversations across different websites.

My thoughts after the talk:

  • Blog comments and online interactions are great ways to build trust relationships. (Hear that? Comment more! Winking smile )
  • It would be nifty to have a social inbox, particularly one that’s also a relationship management tool
  • $500k seed funding can get people pretty darn far
  • It’s fun getting speakers to autograph the sketchnotes =)

Were you there or have you attended other talks by William Mougayar? Have you used Engagio? (Seems to be down at the moment, pity.)

One nifty thing about Third Tuesday Toronto is that they fly speakers in and they coordinate with meetups in other cities to get the maximum coverage. Join the meetup to find out about upcoming events.

Related links:

If you like this, you might also like my other sketches. I like turning presentations and books into quick, easy-to-review images. Enjoy!

Here’s the text from the image to improve people’s ability to search for it:

William Mougayar @ Third Tuesday Toronto
@wmougayar @engagio
See also Paul Graham’s chart

Stages of a startup
Clear vision or Blurry vision (more realistic)

When Christopher Columbus set sail, he didn’t Google America.

Social Capital
Got to know people through blogs
I’ve made 3,000 comments on Fred Wilson’s blog
Got asked to moderate Fred Wilson’s blog
8 weeks to a minimum viable product
Demo of engagio
-inbox
-My contacts
-Person’s profile (one place to follow)
-Sites
Neat, would like to try this out
5 Lessons
1. Be wary of selling enterprise software
Very difficult to sell to a large company when you’re a startup
2. Have an original (but simple) idea
3. Don’t believe your own
4. Relationships don’t matter. Trusted relationships matter
5. Don’t quit trying

Fragmentation of the social web
Commenting is important = Potential relationships
Value in the conversations
Bet a beat story about startups & alcohol from blog conversation

Replying
Sharing/Linking/Liking
Monitoring/Listening
Signal
Noise
Online advocacy is on the rise

Q&A
Platform? Rails, MySQL, Solr, Twitter Bootstrap
Multiple users? Next week
Yelp? Maybe if API
Equentia? Some ideas for discovery. Get to 100K users first.
How did you get away with looking like Gmail? Haven’t gotten a call from Google yet.
Business? Focusing on end-users.
Funding priorities for spending?
Engineering & marketing
product development users
Building more social features into the product
Summarizing comments?
Maybe talk offline after.
Pivot reactions?
Excited. Still had other clients, but could move on.
Personal profile?
Automatically populated, can be edited.
Profile resolution?
Merging profiles with authentication
Mobile app? HTML5
Track other sites? In road map, may have to create plugin.
Business model? Get to look users first also, business intelligence/analytics.

Notes: SachaChua.com
Twitter: @sachac
March 27, 2012

Sketchnotes: Sandra Emilia Calderaro, Multilingual Kids; Andres D’Imperio, Creative Design (Small Business Network @ Toronto Reference Library)

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Click on the image to view a larger version. Neat!