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, VC/ Angel Investors & Investments

A Collaborative Economy is a Collaborative Co-Creator- You

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I! Buy your stuff!

In this life of content, context and more importantly, creation, we are all co-creating a great reality, one of business and expression. As the New Year comes into perspective there are so many places where we find value in our personal experiences. Some find monetary value or the value of a sharing economy, where corporations seek the value of the persons that share them with value.

Watching something unfold, imparting wisdom, even one line of words is where the collaborative economy becomes the core of who we are. It’s a digital social era, and you are it. I have watched and engaged with many people on a local and global level with products and comments and basic ‘magic’ of the here and now.

There are an abundance of very local centric Facebook groups, blog sites, sharing sites, posting sites, Twitter posts and more, where thousands of local people in small communities engage daily with each other. They are selling, asking for a good business to supply their demand; such as car repair, child care or products they need and they are creating the collaborative economy. The corporations are seeing this but missing the ‘smaller-bigger’ picture, for these are the consumers, creators and co-creators of their reality.

It’s incredibly powerful and I cannot emphasize enough the power of the individual. On a daily basis, belonging to the web of things and people, I see everyone telling, sharing, challenging and creating the future of every single business, whether local or global.

Some have written books about it, some are creating corporate companies about it- but seeing the core of it on the main street that makes the Wall Street is an amazing thing. People are engaging like never before. Asking their community members and neighbors for recommendations, product reviews and service potentials. These are the people shaping the future of growth like never before. I have spent money, gained value, and learned of new companies and products as did a rather large number of people- and this happens in every community across the world. They are easily identified and you haven’t found them yet; what are you waiting for?
You’re waiting until people like me and others show them to you. Don’t wait, engage now. You are a valuable co-creator here.

The value of change is something embraced when it becomes socially acceptable to do so. It is socially acceptable to value the co creation of working and living together in social media for the betterment of all right now. Step up at this, the best time for it.

I recently asked a community group in social media for a simple product recommendation for a Christmas gift. I asked for earrings. That was all. In a city of merely 20,000, there are approx. 3,000 members of a closed group on Facebook and they are heavily engaged in their local and global business recommendations. I had 65 recommendations, including business website links, FB pages, Etsy links and private messages simply to convey how to buy a local small product in a very small business venue. These pros barter, give many things for free, offer free or discounted services and recommend good businesses daily.
I can fix my car, rent a car, buy a house, build a solar panel, make soup or find health products with exceptional and good accuracy.

Imagine if your corporation, or if your heavily funded not yet profitable company could reach those masses? They are the millions, and millions of co-creators that make you great, get your voice heard. They may share that massive corporate video that is so well done, but that doesn’t sell your product like their chats with others about those companies where they actually BUY a product.

I work with them, I share with them- they are me and I am them, and SO ARE YOU. You aren’t a corporate representative or a social media promoter. You are the co creator of the experience that we are creating together.

This is economy, but it is so much more. Don’t embrace it to simply make money. The money comes from those individuals that create your company- I engage them and enjoy them and co-create with them. You should also, especially if you are the CEO, the CTO, the founding board member or the head of all greatness in any Fortune 100, 500 or other company. It is available when you are part of the content of real value and you actually participate in the creation of it. Not through your thousands of employees, but through yourself is where the engagement and economy grows. Why don’t you grab it? You can, but you have to be present, here and now.

Co-create the content, context and actual human value. Be the co-creator of this amazing experience.

On a local centric, global scale I see Airbnb every day. CO Everywhere, Circle, and many more. Who do you see? Post them here. Thanks to Robert Scoble, Shel Israel, Jeremiah Owyang for bringing this to a global discussion.

To learn more, contact me at PatDDixon@gmail.com

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!

Antiquities, Authors/Books, Facebook, Google, Hollywood, Journalists, Silent Film, Social media, Startups, Technology, Twitter, VC/ Angel Investors & Investments

Looking Back and Moving Forward: Historical Treasures and Startup Entrepreneurs

385How fast time flies when I have the pleasure of meeting new startup companies, and enjoying my hobby of acquiring, sharing and selling historical treasures.

This past year has given me the opportunity to meet some great entrepreneurs and their startup endeavors that are real American companies now. One that comes to mind is how much I enjoyed speaking to Bill Lott, about his http://hoursforequity.com startup created to help startups find talent and grow their company by offering equity.

Then I began the quest of selling vast amounts of acquired historical treasures. Troves of antique lace, historical books and now the beginning of mass amounts of silent film stills, autographs and amazing ephemera. ALL of the silent film, (some are here: https://patddixon.com/silent-film/ ) books (some here:https://patddixon.com/book-list/ ) and other antiquities listed in the pages of this site will all be for sale. If you find something you want, let me know. I will post a link to ebay in the coming days as I start to upload it. There are 1000s of never before seen movie stills so it will take time.

I have watched startups fail when they could have listened and learned, and I have seen startups succeed because they listen and learn. The right people mean everything. So do the right words, moves and instincts.

It’s about rarities to me, startups that creative ingenuity has spawned, historical treasures that are one of a kind and should not be lost to time; these go hand in hand.

This coming year is bringing more exciting startup stories that I am looking forward to sharing with you all. I have a pipeline of startups waiting to chat and share their story with the world, so stay tuned.  Join me for another fantastic year of looking back deep into history, and looking forward further than we imagine to new things!

Thanks for coming along on the journey, onward to our 2013!

Journalists, social value, Startups, Technology, VC/ Angel Investors & Investments

The Great Equalizer- Equity

In my recent conversation with co-founder Bill Lott of Hours For Equity, I realized that the break away from a bad economy is an idea that becomes an open door to business development. In this economy it becomes a “Great Equalizer” to develop and build a product and company. How do companies start with an idea, gain real talent to create a product and afford the best to make the best? Entrepreneurs that create products to help entrepreneurs is a very good answer. Hours For Equity does this and continues to grow in clients and partnerships. In my opinion, it is a force to be reckoned with, or more appropriately, “The Great Equalizer”.

Here is more about how they’re reshaping the way we do business.

http://www.startupleak.com/hours-for-equity/

You can find them here at: http://hoursforequity.com/

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

Boston Startup Vsnap Making Personal Connections in Business

While doing copy edit recently,   I had the pleasure of chatting with a Boston startup company called Vsnap. They offer a business solution to the dry, boring email message with an engaging and personal vSnap one minute video message. Their platform is API integrated  for Vsnaps to be sent via Twitter, LinkedIn and email, which in turn makes for a way to engage customers and clients with a personal connection. They are seeming growth in many areas of customer use, and have a rockin’ team to make it all happen.

From what I am seeing with this company and product idea, they have real potential in a niche space where video and social contact imbed into each other in a personal way, rather than the world of social noise in mere text that we currently experience. Vsnap is one to watch as their consumer base grows in variable directions, which is imperative for a startup to substantiate valuation. They are seeing growth in areas such as HR recruitment, ecommerce, healthcare and many other business arenas.

More about Vsnap can be found here: http://www.startupleak.com/vsnap/ and here:https://www.vsnap.com/

Give them a try and let me know how it works for you, and how you are utilizing it.

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/