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Fresh Starts

This has been a couple of years filled with fresh starts. From crayon’s sale to Powered, then Powered’s acquisition just a year later to the Dachis Group, then on to starting my own consultancy, StrategyJQ. It been a whirlwind of experience and I’ve loved every minute of it. Starting SJQ has been amazing and really fun and I feel grateful and humbled by the people who have chosen to work with me. As well as the people who are actually doing the work with me – again, lucky and grateful.

I wanted to take a moment and acknowledge that all of this wouldn’t be happening if I hadn’t met Scott Monty, who got me an interview to take his position at crayon with Joseph Jaffe, Greg Verdino and Gary Krivin. Working at crayon will always be a high point of my career, something I’ll always be incredibly proud of. There are only a few people that can call themselves crayonistas, the men named above, and a few others including CC Chapman, Steve Coulson and Amadeo Plaza, and I think that most of us consider it a badge of honor. StrategyJQ is a direct result of my work with Greg, Gary, Amadeo and Joe at crayon and they will always be family to me. I also want to take a moment and say how supportive everyone at Dachis was when I was transitioning out of the company and that everyone I had contact with there were incredibly smart and capable. Just really bright minds.

I’m not someone that talks about my work across all of the social networks. Absolutely to my detriment and I get that. My credo is, “Less Talk, More Walk”. In my case, that means that I want people to see the work as my clients and not StrategyJQ. It’s just what I believe.

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This is a fresh start for Social Days too. This is a place that I’ll share opinions, links, trends that I see…and we’ll see what else. This is hopefully the LAST Fresh Start for a while and I’m looking to make the most of it.

New beginnings in 2010

We announced this morning that Powered, Inc. has acquired crayon – here’s the official press release http://bit.ly/4rIR1q. We’re very excited about this merger and where it takes us, especially as the roll-up also includes two other great companies, Drillteam and StepChange.

SXSW: Here We Come…

…and by “we”, I mean me and my fellow-crayonista, (and social media Boy-Toy) Greg Verdino. Not only are we going to hang with the TechSet, maybe hit some Karaoke, and be social in a way that, well, isn’t me, but we have actual WORK to be done!

Pownce No More…

Today on the Pownce Blog, Leah Culver announced that the service would be closing in a few weeks and that the team would be moving to SixApart, makers of MovableType, TypePad and Vox blogging software. I was really excited about Pownce when it began because it seemed to take the next logical step from where Twitter was and enabled actual sharing of files and media. Perfect for my team and making a more social-enabled workflow. Immediately, I signed up for a Pro Account, to show support (although when it came time to renew, it was difficult and I quickly gave up) and distributed most of my invites. At the time it was the “New Shiny Thing” so a lot of Twitter conversations ported to Pownce. Unfortunately, even before coming out of beta, most ported back.

Acccording to the SixApart announcement, the incredible Leah Culver and Mike Malone are joining the SA engineering team (I see that as hugely important as the annoucement last week that Rael Dornfest is joining the Twitter team). Huge coup for 6A. Many people are taking that to mean that Pownce will be absorbed into the SixApart universe in some fashion, but I don’t think so. Too many microblogging platforms exist, all of which can be imported into any platform – why have another? Especially when there are so many features that I can see this team producing, adding immediate value to 6A – especially to TypePad!

It seems that Pownce Pro users will get their own free TypePad account for a year and that Powncers are able to export their posts and can then import them to other blogging services such as Vox, TypePad, or WordPress.

Thanks to the Pownce Team for all of their work and a platform that I think might have been slightly aheaad of its time – I’m looking forward to seeing where SixApart goes from here.

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Event: Network Solutions – Solutions Stars Video Conference

The Solutions Stars Video Conference is happening October 29th at 1pm. A number of social media luminaries – the kind that you usually pay a couple thousand to see – have participatedin this incredible event.

crayon’s panel at Podcamp Boston 3

I was going to be on this panel (until I took a certain job...).

The crayon Panel at Podcamp Boston moderated by Greg Verdino, with Doug Haslam, Phillip Robertson and Adam Broitman!

My ooVoo Day Political – Let’s Caucus!

This week I’m involved in a pretty amazing event – My ooVoo Day Political (MODP). ooVoo is a video communications platform that allows up to 6 people to chat simultaneously. A couple of months ago, the social media community got together for a charity event – My ooVoo Day – where all the proceeds went to charity. It was quite a success. This time around, My ooVoo Day is about politics.