Archives: Community

I Feel Loved

76 commentsFebruary 14, 2014

A week ago I started an Austin Experiences business in 48 hours and generated $6k revenue which I wrote about on AppSumo here.

After it was all over, I was struck by how many great friends I have and how fortunate I am. (Of course, I’ve had my fair share of disappointments and have dealt with depression too.)

Just thinking about all the great people I have in my life, I was hit by an amazing wave of gratitude and appreciation.

I have [...]


Is your website broke?

8 commentsAugust 20, 2008

With our new start-up we have tried so many different ways to monetize. Eventually, I asked my friend Rachel if she could pull together top advertisers and we could have a Community Next::Monetize.

Some great companies are going to be there: Google, Yahoo!, Myspace, Imeem, Photobucket, Slide, RockYou, Flixster and more…

Also, I am looking forward to talks from Offerpal (we use them), Userplane (awesomeness) and Andrew Chen (my personal idol).

This is an invite only event, but I am giving my readers [...]


How the Top Social Networks got started

10 commentsMay 21, 2008

It might be unknown to many but the majority of all social networks were started by a spamming of some sorts.

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MySpace used their ResponseBase email marketing list of 100 million+ people to send for first users.
Facebook spammed all the Harvard email lists to get the first 2,000 users in a day.
Hi5 used their previous dating site to send a considerable amount of traffic to
Bebo used their original site BirthdayAlarm.com to have a huge user base to start with.
Friendster [...]


The Silicon Valley Chess Tournament – Cerveza & Chess

1 commentApril 18, 2008

Karen and I thought it would be fun to hold the Silicon Valley Chess Tournament to see which startup, venture capitalist and individual is the best in the Valley. The catch is that it’s on cinco de mayo so that means cerveza time.

what? The premier tournament for chess in Silicon Valley. Unlimited beer, prizes and fun!
why? Cause you either: like chess, like beer or fun (choose one or all).
who? Anybody that wants to. Discount given to teams.
when? May 5th from [...]


Community Next: Next Generation Media

4 commentsFebruary 15, 2008

It’s that time of year again. After Karen reached out a few months backed and helped on the successful Community Next Platforms we are putting on Community Next Media.

Okdork readers save 15% for the next few days: register here

This is a cool event in Los Angeles that will talk about the next generation of the web and media. Some of the speakers include:

- David Sacks, founder of Geni
- Alexis, founder of Reddit
- Robert Scoble
and many more…

The events always sell out. [...]


Come Party with me on Friday

10 commentsOctober 3, 2007

With the magical coordination of Andrew Chen, Johnny Lam & Karen Hartline the 3rd Community Next is this weekend. We are nearly sold out (3 tickets left) for the Friday developer day (most of top 100 Facebook developers attending + $5,000 iron code off) and Saturday with tons of great platform discussions to come.

I love the people who attend, free red bulls we serve all day, open bar parties we are throwing Friday/Saturday and doing my best to make sure [...]