The Year of Living Socially July 31, 2010

Shareology was one year old last week!!  Anniversaries can be a time of reflection.  A year or so ago, I had 11 LinkedIn contacts, no recommendations, no Twitter, no blog.  My recently completed MBA meant I never, ever had to learn again….right?  right? 

Hmmmm…..what’s this social media stuff out on the horizon?  “Kay, ya gotta get serious about your LinkedIn account!!!”   That particular quote came from three trusted sources within 24 hours.

 So, today:   458 LinkedIn Contacts, 12 recommendations, 1,059 Twitter followers, on 90 Twitter lists and Shareology is one year old.  Plus I’m breaking in a Sony Vaio with Windows 7 and I have a review copy of the Droid X.  Yep, there’ve been some changes made…..

 Funny, the key to the whole thing is still networking.  Ultimately, ya gotta come out from behind the technology and meet IRL.   Although you have to wonder how much more connected Howard Hughes would have been if he had an iPhone.  Those Kleenex boxes would have still been around his feet, but if he didn’t snap and send a twitpic, who woulda known?

 The people I have met in real life have been spectacular:  and you know who you ARE!  The folks who stay after a Social Media Breakfast talking smart phones, the folks who send you a job posting for a social media specialist position at Mall of America, the folks who give you a tip that Microsoft is coming to Mall of America. The day Shareology beat the Strib to publication with the news that Louis Vuitton was coming to Galleria. The general contractor for Louis Vuitton who asks for a copy of a Shareology photo for his blog, offering a photo credit. The day I got a snail mail thank you note from Funding Universe for the post on Shareology about CrowdPitch.

 Yep, it’s been a good year, to say the least.  Shareology is now working on social media strategy for, a new web site that will bring together in one place the events for the Twin Cities marketing, communications and public relations communities, to debut at Alphabet Bash.  

 Yep, it’s been a good year.  Here’s to the next year, the surprises and the new people to meet online and IRL.   And a HUGE Thank You for all those folks who helped Shareology along the way!!!

Photo Credit:   R. Koski

Kay Roseland  @KayLoire


CrowdPitch: What can YOU say about your business idea in 4 minutes?? July 18, 2010

Love entrepreneurs?  or for that matter, intrapreneurs?  Then come along with  Shareology to relive last week’s CrowdPitch in Minneapolis! Six baby companies presented for 4 minutes each, then answered 3 minutes of questions from the audience.  They covered industries from medical devices for spines or dialysis to websites for personal information security to property rental to combining bids on commercial property.  A panel of 5 gave feedback (Let’s see Paula and Simon critique marketing and financial plans for startups!)  An overview of the contest below:   



Judges Panel:   



The six companies who pitched their ideas in four minutes!   

Christine Horton of Corespine Technologies kicks off!

Lukas Dickie of Gimigo

Jon Coudron of Minute Bids

MobileOn Services

Michael Kallok of Phraxis


And the winner is???   Minute Bids! (follow at @joncoudron )   

Minute Bids takes the Day!

 Shareology was amused by MobileOn Services, an App Building Factory, for their first customer range from “congressmen to book clubs to Italian communists….”  Now that’s a customer range!  

Crowd Pitch will be in Minneapolis again on November 11, 2010!  Follow them on Twitter at #crowdpitch or @FundingUniverse plus more info at   

Kay Roseland    @KayLoire


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