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Francine Hardaway

Francine Hardaway 

I'm a kickass coach for early stage businesses who also need a good evangelist.

Occupation: Accelerator for tech businesses (Stealthmode Partners)

Location: Half Moon Bay and Phoenix

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Robert Scoble7,566,196Join Robert Scoble and Shel Israel for the launch of their new book, Age of Context, which is about how sensors, wearable computers, machine learning, social, and location data are changing our world, our privacy, and bringing us highly assistive and personalized products and services. Everyone is invited. To RSVP, please visit EventBrite at http://ageofcontext.eventbrite.com/Age of Context Book Launch with Robert Scoble and Shel Israel2013-11-07 18:00:0083  
Kathi Browne13,703Our #glassmed  explorers have been pushing Glass to the limit, discovering ways this hands-free technology might benefit healthcare. One such application is Glass as a teaching tool. Procedures and surgeries are being video recorded to use as demonstration tools or to show different perspectives and approaches.  Whether used in a remote medical education setting or as a hands-on teaching tool ... worn by the healthcare professional, student, or patient ... our explorers are excited to share with you the potential they realize and to answer some of your questions. Anyone can watch this live discussion by visiting the event page at the appointed time, and post comments here for us to see. If you would like to participate in the discussion LIVE, don't be shy. Ask! *Explorer Guests include:*      Dr. @115559012660218643785       Surgeon and Assistant Professor, University of Washington       Dr. @101133491334310765635         General/Trauma Surgeon & TEDx speaker , Eastern Maine Medical Center      Dr. Marty Olsen (@113641288823100824571 )       Obstetrics and Gynecology, East Tenn State Univers College of Medicine #GlassMed   #GoogleGlass   #GlassExplorers   #hangoutsonair   #HOA  HOA: Glass in Medical Training2013-07-30 14:30:0038  
Veterans United365,686*Glass Hangout with Fellow Glass Explorers* Join fellow Glass Explorers from around the nation as they talk about how they're using one of the world's first wearable computers.  From veterans advocates, doctors, to journalists, to developers... hear about their experience with Glass and its first person point of view.   If you have questions, please leave them below and we'll try to answer them LIVE in our Hangout. Glass Cast with Google Glass Explorers2013-07-17 01:00:00107  

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2016-03-23 16:00:50 (5 comments; 0 reshares; 3 +1s; )Open 

Hey folks, Adam Curry asked me to make a mug that says JUST BE and I made one. 10% of profits (or more if we sell enough) go to NoAgenda Show.

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2016-08-30 14:30:16 (0 comments; 1 reshares; 1 +1s; )Open 

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2015-07-12 08:34:08 (2 comments; 1 reshares; 10 +1s; )Open 

Very special family day yesterday

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2016-09-08 03:02:18 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 0 +1s; )Open 

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2016-08-30 14:30:16 (0 comments; 1 reshares; 1 +1s; )Open 

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2016-08-25 18:22:49 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 1 +1s; )Open 

3 reasons to stop hating one-on-one meetings

All too often, managers and team members reject a regular check-in because they think it's a waste of time. But when done well, one-and-one meetings are a great way to build trust and rapport. That weekly time slot is a predictable time for feedback and coaching. Even when a manager and team member get along well, a regular one-on-one is an opportunity to impart information privately, to raise emotional issues before they fester, to address career challenges, and to help managers make better decisions with team input.

Yes, I wrote that -- and I'm damned proud of it. It's also accompanied by an in-depth white paper (linked-to from the article) that shares I-promise-you-useful advice about doing one-on-ones well.

3 reasons to stop hating one-on-one meetings

All too often, managers and team members reject a regular check-in because they think it's a waste of time. But when done well, one-and-one meetings are a great way to build trust and rapport. That weekly time slot is a predictable time for feedback and coaching. Even when a manager and team member get along well, a regular one-on-one is an opportunity to impart information privately, to raise emotional issues before they fester, to address career challenges, and to help managers make better decisions with team input.

Yes, I wrote that -- and I'm damned proud of it. It's also accompanied by an in-depth white paper (linked-to from the article) that shares I-promise-you-useful advice about doing one-on-ones well.___

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2016-08-23 19:24:33 (0 comments; 1 reshares; 2 +1s; )Open 

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2016-08-15 16:12:47 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 3 +1s; )Open 

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2016-05-26 17:30:39 (0 comments; 1 reshares; 1 +1s; )Open 

Hong Kong sunset :) #Nexus6P #HDR #edited

Hong Kong sunset :) #Nexus6P #HDR #edited___

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2016-05-24 17:40:54 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 4 +1s; )Open 

New!

New!___

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2016-05-23 12:06:36 (3 comments; 0 reshares; 2 +1s; )Open 

New ouppy

New ouppy___

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2016-05-13 13:14:01 (1 comments; 0 reshares; 0 +1s; )Open 

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2016-03-24 21:47:12 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 2 +1s; )Open 

How to Start a Business at Any Age: Part 6

I’m still in business! I netted $28.20 since Feb. 22, when I launched. My gross profit was much higher, of course, but after I subtracted the base price of my shirts and mugs (Cost of Goods Sold), the money I paid the designers from Fiverr (Contract Labor), and what I paid for Facebook ads, it all comes down to “retained earnings” of $28.20, and I didn’t even keep those, because I promised 10% of the gross to SySTEM Schools, the STEM charter school for high needs kids in downtown Phoenix, so I gave SySTEM $41.00.
After six weeks, I haven’t myself taken anything from the business, InspirationsFromFrancine, but I’m not there yet. I’m still learning all the things I thought I knew from being a coach, but have learned in a new and deeper way from operating the business.
Contract labor can give you a product that isn’t what youwanted if you d... more »

How to Start a Business at Any Age: Part 6

I’m still in business! I netted $28.20 since Feb. 22, when I launched. My gross profit was much higher, of course, but after I subtracted the base price of my shirts and mugs (Cost of Goods Sold), the money I paid the designers from Fiverr (Contract Labor), and what I paid for Facebook ads, it all comes down to “retained earnings” of $28.20, and I didn’t even keep those, because I promised 10% of the gross to SySTEM Schools, the STEM charter school for high needs kids in downtown Phoenix, so I gave SySTEM $41.00.
After six weeks, I haven’t myself taken anything from the business, InspirationsFromFrancine, but I’m not there yet. I’m still learning all the things I thought I knew from being a coach, but have learned in a new and deeper way from operating the business.
Contract labor can give you a product that isn’t what you wanted if you don’t make yourself clear enough the first time
Facebook ads don’t really convert for physical goods, unless you get your audience narrow enough, and that is amazingly difficult to do
Your own friends will support you once, and then cease to engage. After all, how much stuff can they buy.
My mugs sell better than my t-shirts
Messages that are meaningful to me sell better than random messages
The “sport” of internet marketing requires unbelievable focus, concentration and perseverance
All those gurus who tell you how to sell using Facebook ads must be followed to the letter, which is incredibly labor intensive, for them to work
8. Each pivot brings me closer to the goal: I’ve changed ad strategies, product mixes, contractors and messages in an almost constant iterative process, which is right out of the Lean Startup methodology — and which really works. I take all customer feedback.
9. Money is important to most people, who do not have any to throw around. I throw more money around to support the endeavors of strangers on IndieGoGo than my Facebook friends have thrown toward me. This could depress me if I let it. I don’t.
10. Even micro entrepreneurship, like what I’m doing, is energizing and compelling.
My next move: after attending Laura Fitton’s workshop on inbound marketing, I realized that I was using my Facebook brand page all wrong. I was using it as too much of a selling tool and not giving anything back. So I am going to make a slow transition of it into an inspirational blog. I still think people need inspiration. I know I do.
NB: When I started, I named my page InspirationfromFrancine, and then named my ViralStyleStore “InspirationsFromFrancine.” I’m trying to decide whether the names should be the same for brand consistency, or different since all the items in the store ARE plural and the Facebook page is singular:-) Experts?___

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2016-03-23 16:00:50 (5 comments; 0 reshares; 3 +1s; )Open 

Hey folks, Adam Curry asked me to make a mug that says JUST BE and I made one. 10% of profits (or more if we sell enough) go to NoAgenda Show.

Hey folks, Adam Curry asked me to make a mug that says JUST BE and I made one. 10% of profits (or more if we sell enough) go to NoAgenda Show.___

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2016-03-19 16:47:56 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 1 +1s; )Open 

Trump is subdued. His supporters are not.

Trump is subdued. His supporters are not.___

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2016-03-19 02:52:37 (3 comments; 0 reshares; 1 +1s; )Open 

Pope Francis will debut on Instagram on Saturday

Pope Francis will debut on Instagram on Saturday___

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2016-03-17 15:32:32 (1 comments; 0 reshares; 5 +1s; )Open 

I wrote this because I believe so strongly in training people to be entrepreneurial.

I wrote this because I believe so strongly in training people to be entrepreneurial.___

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2016-03-16 20:46:28 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 3 +1s; )Open 

I love what +Vic Gundotra  is doing now...

I love what +Vic Gundotra  is doing now...___

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2016-03-16 17:10:46 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 4 +1s; )Open 

Tremendous article on the power of curation.

Tremendous article on the power of curation.___

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2016-02-17 03:02:35 (1 comments; 0 reshares; 1 +1s; )Open 

I definitely had fun! Also learned a lot, which is the purpose of these podcasts.

The panel was terrific this week -- +deirdre breakenridge, +Francine Hardaway, and +Christine Perkett joined me for a lively conversation on (among other things) the truly awful layoff announcement from Carrier Corp., the blowback from a Meltwater white paper advocating the use of AVEs as a metric for PR, and how social media will affect the race for the White House.

http://firpodcastnetwork.com/fir-22-lawyers-vs-humanity-in-indianapolis/___I definitely had fun! Also learned a lot, which is the purpose of these podcasts.

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2015-11-19 14:43:45 (0 comments; 1 reshares; 1 +1s; )Open 

We are 88% there. Help us get better information about our air.

We are 88% there. Help us get better information about our air.___

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2015-11-06 20:37:42 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 1 +1s; )Open 

Launches Monday on IndieGoGo


Launches Monday on IndieGoGo
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2015-11-03 23:46:57 (1 comments; 1 reshares; 2 +1s; )Open 

Celebrating my 35th anniversary in business with the Phoenix Business Journal:-)

Celebrating my 35th anniversary in business with the Phoenix Business Journal:-)___

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2015-10-19 00:59:41 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 3 +1s; )Open 

Some tech investors sure seem to be getting defensive lately...

Some tech investors sure seem to be getting defensive lately...___

2015-10-06 18:37:28 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 2 +1s; )Open 

Very complicated decision about online privacy today from the EU. TL:DR is that US Safe Harbor doesn't apply. Max Schrems, an Austrian grad student sued the Irish Data Protection Commisioner for allowing his data to be transferred off Facebook's Irish servers to the US, where Snowden's revelations about surveillance have freaked Europeans out about privacy violations.  More than this I am not competent to report, but here's the article from EU Politico: http://www.politico.eu/wp-content/uploads/2015/10/schrems-judgment.pdf

It's a big deal in Europe. Feel free to add to this thread and/or correct what I've said.

Very complicated decision about online privacy today from the EU. TL:DR is that US Safe Harbor doesn't apply. Max Schrems, an Austrian grad student sued the Irish Data Protection Commisioner for allowing his data to be transferred off Facebook's Irish servers to the US, where Snowden's revelations about surveillance have freaked Europeans out about privacy violations.  More than this I am not competent to report, but here's the article from EU Politico: http://www.politico.eu/wp-content/uploads/2015/10/schrems-judgment.pdf

It's a big deal in Europe. Feel free to add to this thread and/or correct what I've said.___

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2015-10-02 15:33:59 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 3 +1s; )Open 

If you don't know +Juan Aguilar you should.

If you don't know +Juan Aguilar you should.___

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2015-09-30 20:27:54 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 3 +1s; )Open 

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2015-09-25 16:15:02 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 0 +1s; )Open 

https://medium.com/@hardaway/too-many-cooks-in-the-adtech-kitchen-f3ecc58e0bf1

https://medium.com/@hardaway/too-many-cooks-in-the-adtech-kitchen-f3ecc58e0bf1___

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2015-08-21 13:55:06 (1 comments; 1 reshares; 3 +1s; )Open 

How having one successful company spawns others.

How having one successful company spawns others.___

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2015-08-19 03:49:37 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 2 +1s; )Open 

I'm speaking at this conference on 9/14. Come to Half Moon Bay and say hello!

I'm speaking at this conference on 9/14. Come to Half Moon Bay and say hello!___

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2015-08-13 17:58:35 (1 comments; 0 reshares; 1 +1s; )Open 

I have done this, and it is amazing. #float +TrueRest

I have done this, and it is amazing. #float +TrueRest___

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2015-07-20 14:06:45 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 6 +1s; )Open 

Lovely little port towns in Brittany 

Lovely little port towns in Brittany ___

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2015-07-12 08:34:08 (2 comments; 1 reshares; 10 +1s; )Open 

Very special family day yesterday

Very special family day yesterday___

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2015-06-30 00:45:51 (0 comments; 1 reshares; 1 +1s; )Open 

AOL will take over Microsoft ad sales for display, mobile, & video in US; Bing to replace Google on AOL for search

Under the AOL pact, Microsoft’s Bing search engine will power search results and advertising on AOL’s properties for 10 years. Bing is displacing Google Inc., which had long provided search technology for AOL.  

AOL will take over Microsoft ad sales for display, mobile, & video in US; Bing to replace Google on AOL for search

Under the AOL pact, Microsoft’s Bing search engine will power search results and advertising on AOL’s properties for 10 years. Bing is displacing Google Inc., which had long provided search technology for AOL.  ___

2015-06-30 00:44:35 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 1 +1s; )Open 

(Please repost widely!)

Just a week to go before we launch "MediaLIT: Overcoming Information Overload," our free online course that asks folks to be active users, not passive consumers, of news and information.

It's not a huge time commitment, but we've packed a lot into this, including guest videos with folks such as Wikipedia's Jimmy Wales, Margaret Sullivan (NY Times public editor), Brian Stelter (CNN), Len Downie (former executive editor of the Washington Post), Renee Hobbs (Media Literacy Project), Joi Ito (MIT Media Lab), Lawrence Krauss (physicist), Latoya Peterson (activist and editor at Fusion), Baratunde Thurston (author, comedian, etc.), Amanda Palmer (musician and author) and many others.

The course is a project of ASU Online and the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism & Mass Communication (where I teach part-time), and is running on... more »

(Please repost widely!)

Just a week to go before we launch "MediaLIT: Overcoming Information Overload," our free online course that asks folks to be active users, not passive consumers, of news and information.

It's not a huge time commitment, but we've packed a lot into this, including guest videos with folks such as Wikipedia's Jimmy Wales, Margaret Sullivan (NY Times public editor), Brian Stelter (CNN), Len Downie (former executive editor of the Washington Post), Renee Hobbs (Media Literacy Project), Joi Ito (MIT Media Lab), Lawrence Krauss (physicist), Latoya Peterson (activist and editor at Fusion), Baratunde Thurston (author, comedian, etc.), Amanda Palmer (musician and author) and many others.

The course is a project of ASU Online and the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism & Mass Communication (where I teach part-time), and is running on the edX platform, the MOOC initiative started by Harvard and MIT.

Join us!___

2015-06-19 14:38:16 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 4 +1s; )Open 

If you've never been to + YxYY, you must think about going next summer. It's such an amazing unconference!

If you've never been to + YxYY, you must think about going next summer. It's such an amazing unconference!___

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2015-06-12 00:38:06 (2 comments; 0 reshares; 2 +1s; )Open 

That is a big change.

Wow, that's a big jump -> Twitter Will Increase DM Character Limit From 140 To 10,000 via +Martin Beck ___That is a big change.

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2015-05-31 22:53:24 (3 comments; 0 reshares; 3 +1s; )Open 

I Went Paleo and Now I Hate Everything

Please put aside whatever religious sentiments you have about the Paleo Diet, and read this because it is simply the funniest thing I've read in months.

Recently, I went pseudo Paleo.

I say pseudo, because, like most things in my life, I’ve jumped in headfirst without putting any thought or research into it (this is also how I ended up taking a workout class called “Insanity.” Afterwards, I was drooling and delirious. So I guess it delivered).

It just happens to be by Geraldine, the wife of +Rand Fishkin, and I don't even know why I mentioned that because she'd be just as good a writer if she were actually sleeping with "the guy from the farmers market" instead of Rand (read the piece!).

I Went Paleo and Now I Hate Everything

Please put aside whatever religious sentiments you have about the Paleo Diet, and read this because it is simply the funniest thing I've read in months.

Recently, I went pseudo Paleo.

I say pseudo, because, like most things in my life, I’ve jumped in headfirst without putting any thought or research into it (this is also how I ended up taking a workout class called “Insanity.” Afterwards, I was drooling and delirious. So I guess it delivered).

It just happens to be by Geraldine, the wife of +Rand Fishkin, and I don't even know why I mentioned that because she'd be just as good a writer if she were actually sleeping with "the guy from the farmers market" instead of Rand (read the piece!).___

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2015-05-30 14:46:22 (1 comments; 0 reshares; 4 +1s; )Open 

Man's tomatoes 

Man's tomatoes ___

2015-05-27 15:45:13 (1 comments; 0 reshares; 3 +1s; )Open 

If you don't already subscribe to The Information you should. This article is worth the entire deal. Do you know who the top competitors in self-driving cars are? No, not BMW or Tesla. Uber, Baidu, Google, and Apple. Timeline: 5 years https://www.theinformation.com/Why-Google-May-Not-Win-in-Self-Driving-Cars?token=13a8e73f4bede85874b1d4127d64c3af

If you don't already subscribe to The Information you should. This article is worth the entire deal. Do you know who the top competitors in self-driving cars are? No, not BMW or Tesla. Uber, Baidu, Google, and Apple. Timeline: 5 years https://www.theinformation.com/Why-Google-May-Not-Win-in-Self-Driving-Cars?token=13a8e73f4bede85874b1d4127d64c3af___

2015-05-26 22:05:41 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 1 +1s; )Open 

Congratulations Kara Swisher​ and Walt Mossberg​. You built something of value. I love Recode. Vox is acquiring Recode. This makes perfect sense to me, unlike some of the other mergers I've seen talked about lately. http://www.nytimes.com/2015/05/27/business/media/vox-media-acquiring-recode.html?hp&action=click&pgtype=Homepage&module=first-column-region&region=top-news&WT.nav=top-news&_r=0 

Congratulations Kara Swisher​ and Walt Mossberg​. You built something of value. I love Recode. Vox is acquiring Recode. This makes perfect sense to me, unlike some of the other mergers I've seen talked about lately. http://www.nytimes.com/2015/05/27/business/media/vox-media-acquiring-recode.html?hp&action=click&pgtype=Homepage&module=first-column-region&region=top-news&WT.nav=top-news&_r=0 ___

2015-05-26 21:34:23 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 1 +1s; )Open 

https://medium.com/@hardaway/trolls-you-ruined-it-for-me-19b7ceff79fc

https://medium.com/@hardaway/trolls-you-ruined-it-for-me-19b7ceff79fc___

2015-05-26 14:59:41 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 2 +1s; )Open 

Got this press release this morning. Hard to believe it will be the same GigaOm. Gigaom.com Acquired by Knowingly Corp Knowingly Corp, an Austin-based Internet startup, announced today that it has acquired a portion of the assets of Gigaom. These assets include the website, gigaom.com, as well as the content library. At the helm of Knowingly Corp is tech entrepreneur and author Byron Reese, who describes Gigaom as, “second to none in what it does.” He adds, “We are excited to be a chapter of the Gigaom story and look forward to continuing its mission of ‘humanizing the impact of technology.’” “We live at what I believe is the great turning point of all of human history, and that is being driven in large part by the technologies we are creating. This new world we are making will not just be more prosperous, but it will be more fair and more just than any time in the past,” says Reese,echoing the the... more »

Got this press release this morning. Hard to believe it will be the same GigaOm. Gigaom.com Acquired by Knowingly Corp Knowingly Corp, an Austin-based Internet startup, announced today that it has acquired a portion of the assets of Gigaom. These assets include the website, gigaom.com, as well as the content library. At the helm of Knowingly Corp is tech entrepreneur and author Byron Reese, who describes Gigaom as, “second to none in what it does.” He adds, “We are excited to be a chapter of the Gigaom story and look forward to continuing its mission of ‘humanizing the impact of technology.’” “We live at what I believe is the great turning point of all of human history, and that is being driven in large part by the technologies we are creating. This new world we are making will not just be more prosperous, but it will be more fair and more just than any time in the past,” says Reese, echoing the theme of his book, Infinite Progress: How the Internet and technology will end ignorance, disease, poverty, hunger and war. He adds, “Gigaom will continue documenting this transformation and the technologies which are driving it.” Knowingly plans to relaunch the site on August 15, 2015. Until that date, visitors will find only minimal changes to the site and no new content. Founded in 2006 by Om Malik, GigaOm began as a technology blog and soon grew to become one of the industry’s most respected sources for tech-related news, events and research. Founded in 2014 by Reese, Knowingly offers a number of websites and services, including iforetold.com, where people can log predictions about the future, and Correctica, a tool which catches errors in documents and websites that spell checkers miss. ___

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2015-05-19 21:57:21 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 3 +1s; )Open 

Go +Jolie O'Dell +Wearable World for partnering with IndieGoGo to crowdfund independent tech journalism. #wwc15   Pledge at http:// readwritefund.com

Go +Jolie O'Dell +Wearable World for partnering with IndieGoGo to crowdfund independent tech journalism. #wwc15   Pledge at http:// readwritefund.com___

2015-05-14 14:14:37 (4 comments; 1 reshares; 5 +1s; )Open 

It's 7:11 AM and already over 100 people have posted to my timeline wishing me a Happy Birthday. On days like this I remember how truly lucky I am that the internet happened during my lifetime and I have the opportunity to know all of you and to enjoy your friendship and support. We may bitch over the small stuff, but look how wonderful our world is with all the opportunity to connect. And special thanks to Mark Zuckerberg for bringing us all together when he was just a puppy, Today is his birthday, too.( Randi​ please tell him how much I appreciate what he has done.)

It's 7:11 AM and already over 100 people have posted to my timeline wishing me a Happy Birthday. On days like this I remember how truly lucky I am that the internet happened during my lifetime and I have the opportunity to know all of you and to enjoy your friendship and support. We may bitch over the small stuff, but look how wonderful our world is with all the opportunity to connect. And special thanks to Mark Zuckerberg for bringing us all together when he was just a puppy, Today is his birthday, too.( Randi​ please tell him how much I appreciate what he has done.)___

2015-05-14 14:01:40 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 2 +1s; )Open 

The building industry is about to get a kick in the pants. Buildings won't be allowed to be "sick" anymore. And what a wonderful next step for my good friend and former "boss" Wendy Vittori​ #Intel, #motorola, HEALTH PRODUCT DECLARATION COLLABORATIVE NAMES WENDY VITTORI EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR Accomplished business executive will head building industry standards group dedicated to transparency and disclosure of material contents and health information The Health Product Declaration Collaborative (HPD Collaborative) is pleased to announce that Wendy Vittori has joined the organization as its new Executive Director.“We are excited to welcome such an outstanding leader to our organization. Wendy’s commitment and enthusiasm for our mission - to bring a new level of transparency to the building industry - have been evident in the work she has done for us as a strategicconsu... more »

The building industry is about to get a kick in the pants. Buildings won't be allowed to be "sick" anymore. And what a wonderful next step for my good friend and former "boss" Wendy Vittori​ #Intel, #motorola, HEALTH PRODUCT DECLARATION COLLABORATIVE NAMES WENDY VITTORI EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR Accomplished business executive will head building industry standards group dedicated to transparency and disclosure of material contents and health information The Health Product Declaration Collaborative (HPD Collaborative) is pleased to announce that Wendy Vittori has joined the organization as its new Executive Director.“We are excited to welcome such an outstanding leader to our organization. Wendy’s commitment and enthusiasm for our mission - to bring a new level of transparency to the building industry - have been evident in the work she has done for us as a strategic consultant to the organization since its inception. Her deep experience bridges the worlds of green building, information technology and executive leadership. As we move forward to the next phase of growth for the Health Product Declaration (HPD) Open Standard, we could not be more pleased to have Wendy as our new Executive Director,” said Amanda Kaminsky, HPD Collaborative Board Chair and Sustainable Construction Manager for the Durst Organization. Wendy Vittori has over thirty years of executive leadership experience in the technology industry, where she was an executive with the Intel and Motorola corporations. During her corporate career she was a corporate officer and had P&L responsibilities at the division level. She also was a leader in the development of several industry computing standards. Since 2007 she has been the founder and principal consultant of Vittori Consulting LLC, a strategic consulting firm. With clients from the for-profit, non-profit and governmental , her work has focused on improving strategic organization implementation and performance. She has a distinguished record of public service as a member of boards and commissions focused on the economic development and sustainability of the Arizona- Sonora region. She is an associate faculty member at the Non-Profit Management Institute the ASU Lodestar Center for Philanthropy and Nonprofit Innovation, where she teaches in the field of strategic management. “This is a pivotal moment in the evolution of transparency in the building industry,” said Vittori. “In three short years the Health Product Declaration Open Standard has been embraced by many leading customers and manufacturers in the building industry. It has been incorporated into several of the most important certifications for green building, such as LEED® v41 and the WELL Building Standard®2. I am excited and honored to be asked by the HPD Collaborative’s Board to assume this leadership role at this critical juncture and be able to use my past experience, particularly in the open standards innovation sphere, to build on the excellent accomplishments of the HPD Collaborative’s first three years.” Vittori replaces John Knott, who served as Executive Director for the previous two years. “The Board is appreciative of the contributions that John has made to our growth, the successful uptake of the HPD Open Standard Version 1, and important harmonization efforts with HPDC partners,” said Board Chair Kaminsky. The HPD Collaborative is currently in the process of finalizing Version 2 of its groundbreaking HPD Open Standard, the first voluntary, customer-led industry standard of its kind focused on the transparent disclosure of material contents and health information. Over 50 manufacturers are engaged with the Collaborative and its Technical Committee in the development of this new version, as well as the updating of the HPD Builder to support Version 2.  The group is also participating with others, under a grant given to the U.S. Green Building Council by Google Inc., to explore mechanisms to harmonize the HPD Open Standard with other public and private product content information tools. The rapid development and deployment of the HPD Open Standard is already beginning to transform how both customers and manufacturers think and act about the contents and health impacts of building materials. The next few years are about accelerating this progress in disclosure, and using this to catalyze innovative manufacturing practices resulting in high performing healthy products across the construction industry, at a scale that will ensure affordable pricing. With the growth of these results, for the first time designers and specifiers will have a real option to select from a meaningful range of products where health impacts are understood,” said Vittori. About the Health Product Declaration Collaborative The Health Product Declaration Collaborative is a customer-led organization committed to the continuous improvement of the building industry’s environmental and health performance through transparency and innovation. The HPD Collaborative created, supports and advances the HPD Open Standard, a format that enables transparent disclosure of building product content and associated health information. It is freely available to all at www.hpd-collaborative.org. 1 The U.S. Green Building Council's LEED® green building program is the preeminent program for the design, construction, maintenance and operations of high-performance green buildings. Learn more at usgbc.org/LEED 2 The WELL Building Standard® is a registered trademark of Delos Living LLC http://www.hpd-collaborative.org/___

2015-05-11 17:35:06 (1 comments; 0 reshares; 6 +1s; )Open 

Just had a really good experience with @AmericanExpress online chat. Very professional. Dude named Marvin. Reward him:-)

Just had a really good experience with @AmericanExpress online chat. Very professional. Dude named Marvin. Reward him:-)___

2015-05-08 21:27:01 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 0 +1s; )Open 

Starting to get requests to meet with me at Wearable World Expo. I don't ever make appointments in advance; I like to write the opportunistic things, and I don't know them until I see them.

Starting to get requests to meet with me at Wearable World Expo. I don't ever make appointments in advance; I like to write the opportunistic things, and I don't know them until I see them.___

2015-05-08 15:31:15 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 1 +1s; )Open 

This sucks, but I'm guilty. http://redef.com/item/554b84c29163ad960f84f2b3?curator=FashionREDEF&source=http://www.nytimes.com/2015/05/10/nyregion/at-nail-salons-in-nyc-manicurists-are-underpaid-and-unprotected.html

This sucks, but I'm guilty. http://redef.com/item/554b84c29163ad960f84f2b3?curator=FashionREDEF&source=http://www.nytimes.com/2015/05/10/nyregion/at-nail-salons-in-nyc-manicurists-are-underpaid-and-unprotected.html___

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2015-05-07 02:04:59 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 10 +1s; )Open 

What can I say?

This is perfect!___What can I say?

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2015-05-06 21:16:22 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 5 +1s; )Open 

CollisionConference was very good.

CollisionConference was very good.___

2015-05-05 00:16:01 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 0 +1s; )Open 

http://mobile.nytimes.com/2015/05/05/technology/dave-goldberg-cause-of-death.html Terrible freak accident.

http://mobile.nytimes.com/2015/05/05/technology/dave-goldberg-cause-of-death.html Terrible freak accident.___

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2015-05-04 22:02:17 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 6 +1s; )Open 

It does need fixing, but not shutting down.

How to fix Google+.

(Read my column: http://goo.gl/TFqqXy )

Through much of its existence, Google's social network has often been criticized as a "ghost town" that's "dead" and about to be shut down. The criticisms always come from non-users.

Google+ fans always chime in to rebut those criticisms, often flooding the story or post with disagreement. With all those passionate users, how can it be a ghost town?

The controversy about Google+ engagement never seems to end.

But whatever the current level of activity on Google+ is, it could be vastly higher if Google itself wasn't holding back users by suppressing public posts, removing comments, hiding amazing content and failing to fully use the technology it has already developed.

Here are 10 ways Google could radically crank up the engagement on Google+: 

http://www.computerworld.com/article/2917780/social-media/10-ways-to-fix-google.html

#Google+ #GooglePlus  ___It does need fixing, but not shutting down.

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