Travis and I attended The Startup Conference in Redwood City, CA on Thursday and had an interesting experience learning from other entrepreneurs, members of the startup community, and venture capitalists. This one-day event included a keynote address from Stanford’s Visiting Entrepreneur, a variety of panel sessions, and a startup “pitch” contest. As a longtime technology professional, who has attended and presented at a number of technical conferences, I found it a unique and insightful view into the world of startups.
Growing a community creates challenges. First, a community must find a reason to expand. Not every community will want or need the growth. Second, growing a community requires reaching out beyond core users to attract diverse members, but this could cause a group to deviate from its original goals. Lastly, creating growth itself isn’t the only issue. The group must have a plan and ability to maintain itself once it has grown to a sustainable size. Continue reading The Challenges of a Growing Community
“Find people who share your values, and you’ll conquer the world together” said John Ratzenberger, who played “Cliff” on Cheers. Despite Ratzenberger not being a community expert, this quote speaks volumes about an inherent characteristic of communities, which is that they come together and stay together because of shared values. For a community to exist in harmony and succeed, their members need to share the values of the group. The members also need to feel like they have a purpose within the group. Continue reading Do shared values create a successful community?
The team has been working especially hard over the last few months, and is taking a well-deserved break over Memorial Day before the big summer push to launch.
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Our approach to optimizing the decision-making process is a unique application of collective intelligence reinforced by synthetic intelligence (AI) techniques. We have done an extensive amount of research and analysis to convert theory into a practical application. Working at the forefront of cognitive science and technology, it is reassuring when recent research supports the fundamental principles of our solution. Continue reading Groups Make Better Decisions
“If you want to go fast, go alone; if you want to go far, go together.” – African Proverb
This quote expresses the fundamental reason for building a community, which is that a group of individuals, working together, can accomplish more than an individual working alone. Communities have long been established part of the human experience and serve a basic human need – the need to belong.
“The most important single central fact about a free market is that no exchange takes place unless both parties benefit.” Continue reading Is Collaboration the Next Step for Google?
Yesterday Yahoo! agreed to purchase the very popular blogging site Tumblr for $1.1 billion cash. In terms of today’s high price acquisitions, anything around $1.0 billion does not seem to be that large anymore (respective to the scale of today’s businesses). However, when looking at Tumblr from an ROI perspective, Tumblr only generated about $14 million in revenue in 2012. Continue reading Yahoo! Buys Tumblr: How much is 100 million users worth?
Today, we are kicking off our Social Media Marketing Campaign (SMC). After six months of “heads down” development, we are ready to begin the process of socializing our solution and building a community, in preparation for the upcoming launch of our solution – the inqiri.com Decision Optimization EngineTM.
Our SMC will focus on several social media channels and messaging strategies designed to explain the inqiri.com vision, the power of the Decision Optimization EngineTM, and generate interest in our growing community of intelligent decision-makers. We will be posting blog entries on inqiri.com, posting to Facebook and Reddit, and Tweeting on a regular basis. We will also be looking for opportunities to interact on a variety of sites that host content that is compatible with our messaging strategy and mission.
We want to hear from you, understand your questions, and provide you with a clear picture of what we will accomplish with your support. We think that we are building a unique solution that will be appealing to many people and help improve the way people make decisions. Stay tuned…