Sunday, August 18, 2013

Sunday RoundUp, Heads Up: Events & Emails

Wow! August is  little more than half way done. Phheww

I wish I had a longer summer considering I spent most of it pounding the pavement during Startup Institute. I really need to make a list of fun activities and places to explore not only in New York city but in the surrounding localities. 

I'll have plenty of time to create adventures in the Big Apple. Wishful thinking perhaps? This past week, I spent most of my time in Cambridge, Massachusetts for our company conference (CompCon). The weather in Cambridge and Boston was delightful, though the majority of the conference was spent indoors. I had plans to visit Boston late last year but those were unexpectedly derailed. I am glad I was in town for a much better reason. 

Looking ahead, I have a bunch of networking events this week, which I hope I do not struggle in trying to find them. Eventbrite and are both really good tools to find interesting events. There are so many startup and tech-related events, many of which are free or low-cost. I'll do a better job of posting pictures, maybe through Instagram? We'll see. I also have a ton of emails but am doing a little better at managing them via Contactually. I know of Boomerang as well but I'm going to stick to one tool at a time. 

Here's to another productive, happy, challenging week!

- Ijeoma 

Thursday, August 15, 2013

Thursday Thoughts: Joining Instagram

Still getting back into the swing of these but thought I would share an update.

I. Joined. Instagram.

It's the first app I downloaded on my smartphone (representin' Samsung Galaxy 3). Literally, the icon appeared on my home screen almost immediately. It's so cute.

Also, cute, are these photos that I found via Google Images. Thank me later.

- Ijeoma

Tuesday, August 13, 2013

Tuesday Tweets: Kathryn Finney Is Taking Names

Tuesday nights are always a good time especially when I join the #didtechtalk hosted by the much needed @DigUnDiv. The last few tweetchats have been chokeful of information with noted guests like @jessicalawrence to @kathrynfinney to @iluvvit. I follow all three of these women (and you should too).

Funny enough, tonight's #didtechtalk featured one of my colleagues, Shaun Johnson (@idealexit), co-founder of Startup Institute. It's definitely a small world because I work with him now and I just so happened to be sitting steps away from him as he was live tweeting (hilarious by the way).
If you're interested in how to build, motivate and sustain a startup team, then take a looksy at the hashtag, #didtechtalk.

The tweet that made me do a double take was THIS ONE -

I shrieked! And then realized I got called out.. on Twitter... by Kathryn Finney. Cue meme!

Well, I was actually just saying hello (via a *wave*) to my colleague Ama (@ama), who is based in California now. And then, in pops Ms. Finney into the tweetchat, announcing to everyone that the both of us should apply to be fellows. If you are unfamiliar with the Focus100 conference, then head over to for all the deets. Tell your friends. 

I definitely want to go but not as a fellow because I am not a founder nor do have an MVP. Maybe someday, just not today. Volunteering is not an option because there are only a few slots with a surplus of applicants. I still have time to toy with other options like having my company pay for me to attend (#winning) but we'll see. 

The main point of this post and Tuesday Tweets is to highlight awesome content like chats, links, a meme or two, etc. via Twitter. The one Kathryn sent takes the cake, personally. She's like a fairy tech godmother but with better hair and a bold personality. Can't wait to meet her in person! 

Ahh... not too shabby for a Tuesday, not too shabby at all. 

- Ijeoma

P.S. @christineceline co-signed too, lol. Check what she's working on @iamdtech and sign up for their newsletter
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