Social media, Startups, Technology, Uncategorized, VC/ Angel Investors & Investments

Startup Growth and Connections

With the current state of technology in both hardware and software, the industry appears to be moving and growing at a rapid pace, when viewed from my company’s perspective. Although I am hearing of slowing capital infusion and smaller investments overall, I am seeing an uptick in product creation and startup growth.

Watching so many startups coming from places other than silicon valley, I am encouraged that the state of our economy will continue to thrive for some time to come. We are busier than ever, with all sorts of product creators, both consumer marketplace and mobile products. These two are working together and creating products that are in both spaces and there is capital to help them grow.

I am seeing many more startups finding seed funding, Series A and so on, in the recent year. The collaboration between founders and funders is becoming ever more friendly. I see them come to me, get connected and then utilize my services at a rapid pace. When they are working well together, I see my company grow- and it seems to be very cohesive these days between founders, funders and others like me.

For all of the startup founders worried about the recent news media reporting that finding funding is getting harder- don’t stop building your product, don’t stop looking for ways to grow it. Don’t ‘sell the farm’ too early, there is always someone looking for what you are doing, you just have to take the time to network and really get to know people. It’s time consuming for a founder to do this, but it is the best foundation for a product to be realized.

At this time, if you would like to get on our client waiting list, email me at PatDDixon@gmail.com -we can talk about your plans and what you would like to do with your strategy and growth. We can discuss getting you connected to those that would like to see you succeed.

Social media, social value, Startups, Uncategorized, VC/ Angel Investors & Investments

The Dodge Legacy: Two Brothers, Four Generations and 1Mind

I recently had the pleasure of speaking with Derek Dodge, founder of 1Mind, a startup mobile app that allows people to really connect on a human interest level and meet like-minded friends through the fun play of answering questions about things we like. It is a very creative and intuitive app that is enjoyable and useful for real connections. More about the inventors and the app can be found here: http://www.startupleak.com/blog/1mind/

Darren, Derek and MCHammer: Photo Courtesy Derek Dodge

Darren Derek Hammer

Yes, their dad is Don Dodge of Google, so this family has some serious talent on many levels. Enjoy the story, and then go get the app in the app store and try it for yourself!

Facebook, Google, Journalists, Social media, social value, Startups, Tech Journalist Guest Posts, Twitter, Uncategorized, VC/ Angel Investors & Investments

The Startups and Entrepreneurs are Launching into Fall…and I’m back to it!

It’s that extra special time of year, when lots of cool products come out of the innovation gates. Startup companies launch all year long, but there is something special about Fall, when we start to settle in, work more often and watch innovation come to life around us, while nature begins to rest.

I am back to where this site began, writing and sharing about companies, startup businesses and entrepreneurs making a difference. I am, on occasion, working in conjunction with an awesome new ‘startup for startups’ based in Boston. http://StartupLeak.com

We will feature some great startup stories, product launches, true founder stories, and innovator connections for everyone to explore and enjoy in the months to come.

Here you go startup fans! Fall into the secret sauce!

What’s Your BlockAvenue All About?

by Patricia Dixon

The secret sauce to creating a company of real value to the individual user is just that, a secret. As founder of BlockAvenue, Tony Longo and his support team know that this is the way to bring quality to the public. Founded in 2012, BlockAvenue aims to bring disruption right into the block where you thrive.

It takes amazing minds and talent to grow up an idea and make it come to fruition…read more–> http://www.startupleak.com/whats-your-blockavenue-all-about/

Antiquities, Authors/Books, Ephemera, Hollywood, Journalists, Uncategorized

My Book Library: Politics, Presidents and Novelists

Creating a library of books is a lifetime endeavor. It feels the same when cataloging books, authors, publishers and dates. I decided to put the list up pre-auction as so many of you have asked to view it for fun. I am happy to add more photos if you would like to see something, just ask! These are 95% or more, first editions and all are hardcover. The list is so large that I gave it it’s own page tab at the top of this site, Enjoy! https://patddixon.com/book-list/

Winston Churchill Books
Antiquities, Authors/Books, Ephemera, Photographers/Photography, Uncategorized

President’s Day, Abraham Lincoln and Newspaper from Wallpaper

In light of President’s Day, I would like to share a story and a rare newspaper involving the days of President Lincoln.

The civil war was nearing an end, the south was struggling for supplies, and the northern army was told to take the city of Vicksburg, Mississippi. The south had a printing press, but was running out of paper. J.M Swords felt that it was necessary to give a public bashing to the north, in support of his beloved confederacy. So he prepared the print for the 1863 edition of The Vicksburg Daily Citizen, on the only paper he had left, wallpaper.

This paper is so famous that it has been reprinted thousands of times, and originals are extremely rare. So rare, in fact, that the Library of Congress has adopted special criteria for this paper to be authenticated. This paper, seen here, is an original. It is another stroke of luck found in an old box of newspapers given to me.

What makes this paper so amazing is that the south never printed the paper, the north invaded and took the area, added a very famous “note” to the bottom of the paper, bashing the south, then the north printed it.

So on this President’s Day, enjoy viewing this rare antiquity.

PatDDixon

Antiquities, Ephemera, Photographers/Photography, Silent Film, Uncategorized

Silent Film Lost History, and More…Memorabilia Extraordinaire

Dumb luck coupled with timing and a bit of skill are the things that seem to put me in the right place at the right time. It happens on the rare occasions that I go to estate sales and purchase things because of my fascination of history.

I have long been a historical document and book fan. Roaming throught the occasional yard sale, massive estate sale or just rummaging through second hand stores, I was given a gift; the one for finding ephemera that always brings magic and saves something of spectacular historical value that belongs to the world, or at least, to the serious collector who has a passion for certain genres.

I buy stuff for fun and historical significance, and these things sometimes turn out to be a journey down an amazing historical road. And so this story goes…

I bought two small boxes of papers and pictures, not knowing what really was there. Then I discovered silent film historical documents, autographs, film stills and more, and they created a life of their own, while unburying the lives of so many talented people hidden in the past, silently.

Several years ago I purchased them at an estate sale and I believe they deserve to be in the home of a serious collector, because I hate to see the collection broken apart. Auction galleries tell me that the collection is rather large and must be broken apart in order to sell. But with autographs, 750 approx. 8×10 movie stills, and the life’s work of a director and his actress wife, it’s a bit daunting to say the least. There are literally dozens and dozens of actors in these stills. from children to adults and elderly actors from the silent film days.

The collection starts with a portfolio of autographed photos, from the European stage troupe actors who then played in New York. Some became Vitagraph players, as well as photos of the Vitagraph players that came in later. Mutual Film Company, provided an engraved silver chalice, which includes the men of 1916 that ran the film company and celebrate the producer. The producer’s brother, who also was an actor is heavily photographed in the collection. The autographs are numerous across dozens of movies.

Then comes California, the building of the studios, where many of these people are now buried at “Hollywood Forever” cemetery. The hand written notes, the ship listing printed for all aboard and for their filming, the properties bought and sold as a resort for the elite, the scrapbooks of a lifetime of film, the photos of later years as the actresses reunited for many events. The list is endless. I have many names of people, studio paper, movie titles etc. that will be added here, as I begin to unfold this incredible piece of lost history. The journey starts in the late 1800s and goes until the 1950s, even including bits of actual film (not silent, of course)These are some photos that I love, across all years of the collection, a drop in the bucket of the whole collection, enjoy!

The journey to the past will continue with updates, photos and more stories. Leave me comments and share the journey back, won’t you?

PatDDixon

Facebook, Tech Journalist Guest Posts, Uncategorized

Do you trust? Google+, Twitter, Facebook…What do you love about social and search and seo? Do they listen to the world, don’t we love it all for the value it brings? Share your thoughts

Everyone has something to say about changes in Google, and Google+, Twitter and Facebook. The real value is what it brings to you and yours, now isn’t it? Relate what moves you socially and in setting changes in all of your social. When will they understand that what we seek and share is actually cross-platformed regarding where and how we share and how we intake? Yes, we take it and we give it in different forms, and we like it. But their internal fight for financials, they miss it and actually lose their value in our thought platform.

Do you control it, or do they, or do they drive your motivation perhaps, and that’s how it matters? Tell the world what you think of your social accounts, Google, Facebook, Twitter and all the Other Valuable Networks that you love or utilize. Say it here, it will be shared with those that move them!

More info, here:

http://techcrunch.com/2012/01/10/google-fuses-google-into-search-and-there-are-bigger-changes-afoot/

http://parislemon.com/post/15633422401/twitter-responds-to-antitrust

and here:

http://techcrunch.com/2012/01/10/twitter-really-really-hates-googles-new-google-integration/

aaand here: https://plus.google.com/u/0/?tab=XX#106926933042884498606/posts