Archive for the ‘Technology’ Category

Hidden Networks

Icon Written by Alora on November 11, 2010 – 12:53 pm

Facebook may be a great way to keep in touch with your distant friends and family, but what about other social networks targeted specifically at entrepreneurs and their needs? Do you know where they are or how they can help?

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Northwest Austin Business Connections

Icon Written by Charles on December 11, 2009 – 12:51 pm

The Northwest Austin Business Connections‘ current VP of Programming and incoming President, Laura V. Romero, asked The Indigo Heron Group to join their weekly luncheon as featured speakers.  After a few minutes of the usual networking and organizational announcements, Indigo Heron’s own Alora Chistiakoff led off a flawless presentation about how dramatically the online presence […]



Web-enabling Small Business

Icon Written by Alora on October 13, 2009 – 7:37 am

At SXSW in March, I spoke to leaders of several small Web 2.0 companies that specialize in the small business B2B market. I interviewed them for an article I wrote in Social Computing Journal (for which I was Managing Editor at the time) about a new initiative they were launching, called The Small Business Web. […]

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Tech Ranch Announces New Barn Builder Program

Icon Written by Alora on September 25, 2009 – 4:35 pm

I love being in Austin. Yet again, the entrepreneurial community here is doing great things. On Tuesday, Sept. 29th at 6:00 p.m. Tech Ranch will be announcing a new program called Barn Builders, and Indigo Heron gets to be involved and share the excitement. I hope you can join us to hear the details!

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Scrappy Swimlane High Level Overview

Icon Written by Alora on July 18, 2009 – 11:57 am

Much thanks to Sherry Lowry from Bridging Futures for this picture. As with all items of this type, it’s eerily familiar enough to be both hysterical and cringe-worthy for those of us who make a career out of this. (Click on the image to see the details.)

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To Say Agile, Or Not to Say Agile… That is the Question

Icon Written by Alora on May 6, 2009 – 7:41 am

I had an interesting conversation yesterday after I gave a presentation. I was talking about the necessary functions — particularly when it comes to communications, documentation, change management and entry/exit criteria — of project management in an Agile development process. The “interesting” conversation I had afterward was because one of the attendees (in a private […]

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A Web 2.0 of Small Business Solutions – FreshBooks, Outright, BatchBlue, MailChimp & Shoeboxed

Icon Written by Alora on May 3, 2009 – 7:42 pm

What do FreshBooks, Shoeboxed, BatchBlue, MailChimp and Outright all have in common? Aside from being Web 2.0 businesses who serve the small business market, they are also the founding member organizations of The Small Business Web. An exciting initiative that launched earlier this year, The Small Business Web is a partnership of businesses dedicated to […]

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Interactive Austin Keynote Videos

Icon Written by Alora on April 30, 2009 – 7:58 pm

The second annual Interactive Austin Conference has wrapped up, and in true social media fashion, there is no shortage of online accounts of the day’s activities (with more to be coming over the next few days, no doubt). Online already are keynote coverage posts by Ricci Neer, for each Dion Hinchcliffe, Sam Lawrence and whurley. […]

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Interactive Austin Conference Overview

Icon Written by Alora on April 29, 2009 – 7:53 pm

This week was the second annual Interactive Austin Conference. Focusing on the value of social media for business, AI09 convened a broad spectrum of experts, locals and practitioners to share, debate, network and learn about how to take advantage of social media for the benefit of business. Keynotes Starting off the day was industry leading […]

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Interactive Austin Recap and Panel Video

Icon Written by Alora on April 28, 2009 – 12:32 pm

Interactive Austin is now over, and it was an interesting and eventful day — particularly for those of us who are local and did a decent job of spending the day doing some good networking. I don’t have a huge amount to write about it, because others have done a far better job, so here […]

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