Archive for March, 2009

Strength, Courage and Wisdom

Icon Written by Alora on March 30, 2009 – 9:27 pm

It’s probably a weird thing for a vocal atheist to quote, but there is something about the famous prayer that has been resonating with me more and more lately. Well, maybe not the “God” part of it, but the recognition part. Grant me strength to accept the things that I can’t change, the courage to […]

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The 1st Birthday of a Unique Corporate Blog – The Connection Cafe

Icon Written by Alora on March 30, 2009 – 9:23 pm

A year ago, Austin-based Convio launched a company blog: Connection Cafe. Unlike so many other company blogs, Convio decided to take a slightly different approach with the hope of gaining slightly different results. While many organizations opt for a CEO blog — particularly companies with in-demand CEO’s, like Convio’s Gene Austin — or a blog […]

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A Conversation with Penelope Trunk

Icon Written by Alora on March 20, 2009 – 9:51 pm

Author, blogger and serial entrepreneur Penelope Trunk sat down with me at SXSW to discuss life as an entrepreneur, building a startup outside of the tech corridor, and what an organization’s technology choices say to potential employees. Penelope is currently building her third business, the Brazen Careerist. In addition to trying to connect Employers with […]

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Highlights from SXSW 2009

Icon Written by Alora on March 17, 2009 – 11:24 pm

Highlights and lessons from my first time at SXSW Interactive.

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Amazon, Google & Microsoft Discuss Cloud Computing at SXSW

Icon Written by Alora on March 17, 2009 – 10:22 pm

Representatives from Google, Microsoft and Amazon gathered for a panel at SXSW to discuss the value, the future and the changes in cloud computing.

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Matt Cutts from Google Announces Friend Connect API at PubCon South

Icon Written by Alora on March 12, 2009 – 11:51 am

Matt Cutts from the Google Webspam Team announced the launch of Google’s Friend Connect API during his keynote speech this morning at PubCon South in Austin. The official announcement will be posted by Google later this morning, but Matt took took the opportunity to share the good news with the PubCon crowd during his remarks. […]

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Live from PubCon South: Fireside Chat with Chris Brogan and Guy Kawasaki

Icon Written by Alora on March 11, 2009 – 11:40 am

While normally the idea of a “fireside chat” in Austin, Texas would be a little warm, today’s unusually chilly weather brought all new appeal to the idea. So, in honor of the rainy weather and the keynote title, Chris Brogan obliged by pulling up a fireplace video on his laptop, and placing it on the […]

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Three Questions to Ask (& Answer!) Before Starting a Customer Blog

Icon Written by Alora on March 5, 2009 – 1:11 am

In a recent conversation with a friend, we were discussing corporate blogging efforts to engage existing customers. After reading Joshua-Michele Ross‘ post recently, on the Wells Fargo/Wachovia merger blog, I was excited to see yet one more company prepare to engage customers in this forum. That is, until we started talking in more detail. It […]

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