An entrepreneur is someone who organizes, operates, and assumes risk for a business venture. Sometimes those risks pay off, and sometimes they don’t, but for entrepreneurs like Ben Silbermann & Paul Sciarra, it paid off in a big way.
Silbermann & Sciarra are the brains behind the ever popular website Pinterest. Both failed app designers, Silbermann and Sciarra began development of Pinterest in December 2009 and launched the first closed beta site in March of 2010. Silbermann wrote to the first 5,000 users of the site with his personal phone number, a way to be contacted with any questions. Nine months after it’s launch, Pinterest had grown to 10,000 users and was by invitation only. The website has been steadily growing at a rate of 40-50% per month and is now one of the ten largest social network services.
Silbermann & Sciarra clearly made the top of the list of The 5 Biggest Internet Entrepreneurs of 2012. See who else made it big in 2012 with this infographic from BestFinanceSchools.
When you think of social media, you’re likely thinking of outlets such as Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. Infographics, however, are also a form of social media, and also a great marketing tool.
Infographics, by definition, are graphic visual representations of information, data or knowledge intended to present complex information quickly and clearly. As such, they have the ability to present almost any kind of information and data available. With the right topic they can reach as many as fifteen million people, something most marketing tools are incapable of doing.
This infographic, brought to you by TopMarketingSchools, looks at some of the recent trends in infographics, popular topics, and more. Check it out:
On Wednesday, Linkedin became the first social media network to have released an IPO (initial public offering), raising 353 million dollars by offering 7.8 million shares at $45 per share. Linkedin opened for trading on the NYSE (New York Stock Exchange) at $83, which is up 84% from its IPO price. With its huge opening day “pop” and its market capitalization exceeding 4 million dollars, it is considered to be the most valuable US Internet IPO since Google in 2004.
Linkedin announced its intention to go public in January of this year. In 2010, Linkedin hit the 100 million user milestone in March and finally achieved profitability with a net income of $10.1 million and net revenues of $161.4 million by the third quarter of 2010.
LinkedIn is the first of a slew of anticipated social media IPOs set for the next year or so. Others include Facebook, Zynga, Groupon, Pandora, Kayak, Yelp, Rovio and Zillow. Renren, hailed by some as the Facebook of China, went public this month and raised $743.4 million.
Let’s face it. Business cards are out of style. People are no longer buying fancy business cards and handing them out for people to put in their rolodex. Come on, it’s 2011 people, it’s time for a better way to track your business and social relationships in a more efficient and beneficial way. Hashable is the answer. These days most people carry around smart phones that have the latest technology. Hashable uses that technology to track and manage each and every one of your relationships.
Here’s what Michael Yavonditte, CEO, had to say about it. “Hashable is a mobile-first service that allows you to track relationships. It’s similar to Foursquare in a lot of ways. As Foursquare is to location, Hashable is to people. So when you meet a person, you can say, ‘I’ve run into this person, I’ve met this person, I’ve just had a meeting with this person’. It runs the gamut to breakfast, lunch, dinner, drinks, coffee. Anything that a white-collar professional might do with another person, Hashable gives you a chance to log that event.”
It also allows you to put a person’s information in the system and it will give you a list of other people who have had interactions with that person. It is a great networking tool that can be utilized to establish and build existing relationships. Hashable also allows the user the ability to go back through time and see every meeting and encounter you have ever had.
So instead of thumbing through your old rolodex or spending money on fancy business cards to try and impress your colleagues, grab your smart phone and give Hashable a try. Not only will it save you space in your wallet and on your desk, but it will also save you the time and effort. Heck, maybe even help you win a good, heated argument among friends about a past meeting. So go to your App store and check it out! Don’t forget to let us know what you think in the comments!