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Selling a great social domain that I've had for years. I've got my hands full of intrapreneuring opportunities at Gallup in Washington, DC and won't be needing a domain like this for a while.

I bought it back in the day when FamilyLink (a Facebook app development company) was experimenting with social sites and apps with several dozen super talented people. Many have since gone on to do incredible things.

Our team included many budding entrepreneurs such as +Jason McGowan (i.TV), Alan Carroll (Hangtime), +Austin M. Craig  (lifeonbitcoin), +Jeffrey Harmon (OraBrush, VidAngel), +Kevin Kirkland (GroSocial), Cliff Shaw (Mocavo), +Jon Bradshaw (TinyTorch) as well as veteran rock stars such as +Cydni Tetro (NextPage, Disney), +Brad Pace (Partner Fusion), +Nathan Gwilliam (, and +Corey Olsen (Ryati) . 

Now that I've name-dropped, and notified all these great friends of this Google+ post, all of you who remember our time at FamilyLink together, would you please share this auction link with the domaineers and social entrepreneurs in your life that you care about most?

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Great Peter Drucker quote:

To succeed, innovators must build on their strengths.  Successful innovators look at opportunities over a wide range.  But then they ask, Which of these opportunities fits me, fits this company, puts to work what we (or I) are good at and have shown capacity for in performance?  In this respect, of course, innovation is no different from other work.  But it may be more important in innovation to build on one’s strengths because of the risks of innovation and the resulting premium on knowledge and performance capacity.  And in innovation, as in any other venture, there must also be a temperamental “fit.”  Businesses do not do well in something they do not really respect.  No pharmaceutical company – run as it has to be by scientifically minded people who see themselves as “serious” – has done well in anything so “frivolous” as “lipsticks or perfumes.  Innovators similarly need to be temperamentally attuned to the innovative opportunity.  It must be important to them and make sense to them.  Otherwise they will not be willing to put in the persistent, hard, frustrating work that successful innovation always requires.
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In late March I saw a report that claimed that adult Americans ate 22 teaspoons of added sugar every day--besides the natural sugars that exist in fruits and other foods.

I decided to try an experiment--to cut out all foods from my diet (as much as possible) that contained added sugar.

9 weeks later I've lost 14 pounds.

 I just did the math--if I have cut out 22 teaspoons of added sugar per day, with each teaspoon being 4.2 grams, that means I've cut out 92.4 grams of sugar per day, or 646.8 grams per week, for a total of 5821 grams. There are 28.35 grams per ounce, so I've cut out 205.33 ounces of added sugar. That's 12.8 pounds of added sugar that I haven't ingested in the past 2 months.

So...I cut out 12.8 pounds of sugar, have tried to walk 10,000 steps a day (using a fitbit) and lost 14 pounds.

My friend Marty Fahncke cut out added sugar and dropped 15 pounds in 3 weeks.

This woman cut out added sugar for 2 years and lost 132 pound:

I haven't seen it, but I understand a documentary narrated by Katie Couric just came out called FedUp--it's about added sugar in our diets.

The UN Food Chief now says obesity is a greater health threat than tobacco:

It would be cool to see #FedUp and other efforts spark a real consumer/citizen movement to kick added sugar from our diets--not necessarily by Bloomberg style fiat--and watch and measure the impact on obesity and overall health.
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added sugar is only a small part of the problem.   the bigger problem is bread, rice, wheat and corn.  did u know 2 slices of bread is over 12 teaspoons of sugar!   divide the reported carbs by 4 to figure out the equal sugar load ! 
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If you haven't read StrengthsFinder 2.0, check it out. There's a reason why a 2007 book was #1 on Amazon in 2013 and is #1 on Amazon so far this year. It's not a book--it's a movement.
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And Then

Last month, my wife's uncle died in a tragic accident in LA when the bicycle he was using to get lunch was hit by a truck. At the memorial service his daughter relayed a very touching story. 

She said her dad (who was her best friend) called every day to talk. But instead of opening the call with the customary "How are you" or "What's going on", her dad always opened the conversation with "And then?" Her father viewed each conversation as a continuation of the last, and what pained her the most was that there were to be no more "and thens". I cried. 

Since then I've thought a lot about how similar this is to our life's endeavors. We pour our heart and soul into our work and it becomes something we love and cherish. But even the challenges we work on today will one day become "and thens" as we move on to the next. 

Today I'm announcing my departure from Google after almost 8 years.

I have been incredibly fortunate to work with the amazing people of Google. I don't believe there is a more talented and passionate collection of people anywhere else. And I'm overwhelmed when I think about the leadership of +Larry Page and what he empowered me to do while at Google. From starting Google I/O, to being responsible for all mobile applications, to creating Google+, none of this would have happened without Larry's encouragement and support.

I'm also forever in debt to the Google+ team. This is a group of people who built social at Google against the skepticism of so many. The growth of active users is staggering, and speaks to the work of this team. But it doesn't tell you what kind of people they are. They are invincible dreamers. I love them. And I will miss them dearly.

Finally, thank you to all those who I've met on Google+. The community here has been so supportive that I don't even know how to say thank you. You all make Google+. Without you, this social network wouldn't exist. Your support for Google+, and for me personally is something I will never forget. 

But, now is the time for a new journey. A continuation. An "and then". I am excited about what's next. But this isn't the day to talk about that. This is a day to celebrate the past 8 years. To cry. And smile. And to look forward to the journey yet to come.

And then....
+Vic Gundotra 

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I'll be in Orlando for SHRM 2014 tomorrow to discuss Gallup's new StrengthsFinder API with key partners.

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In case you missed the news about the unfortunate DDoS attack on last week. Some customers responded in good humor. My favorite: 

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Deadman tell no tales.

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Has anyone read Matt Taibbi's latest book? 
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Much Easier Than The Biggest Loser

This woman lost 132 pounds in 2 years by cutting out foods with added sugar and by walking more.

I started the same thing about a month ago, and am already 10 pounds lighter. It's simple. And family members are starting to join me too.

I'm offering to any of my adult kids that I will buy them a Fitbit if they promise to walk 10,000 steps a day and cut out all foods with added sugar for a month--just to see how easy and impactful this really is.
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very useful advice.
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If the guy wasn't already likable enough... now this!  What a phenomenon this song and this singer are...
This unfiltered emotional display only makes the most likable man in pop music more likable*. After watching a montage of fan-made videos to his No. 1 hit "Happy" during his interview on Oprah Prime, Pharrell wept (and wept). When the renaissance man finally pulled himself together, he explained, "It's overwhelming, because it's like I love what I do, and I just appreciate the fact that people have believed in me for so long that I could make it ...
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Helping Ex-Offenders Discover Their Strengths and Get a Second Chance in Life

In late 2012 I met Debby Kratky and her team in Fort Worth, Texas. That night I tweeted that for the first time I had been in the same room with people who should be "CNN Heroes".

Debby and her colleagues have helped hundreds of ex-offenders who have been released from prison after 1 to 30 years get back on their feet. Her program emphasizes helping people discover their strengths, and finding a job that plays to their strengths and to their passions. 

She is doing a free webinar tomorrow for the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities to share more about the program.

Free webinar:

If you know anyone that works with what Debby calls "hard to serve" clients (ex-offenders, homeless, juvenile delinquents, or long-term jobless), encourage them to sign up for this webinar and learn the mix of tools and programs that Debby's team uniquely blends to help so many people get back on their feet.

#strengthsfinder   #gallup  
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Yes! I love seeing concrete examples of rehabilitation! For one thing, I'm a proponent of the idea that most often, even when committing crimes, people are merely acting out strategies to get human needs met and if we show them better (peaceful) strategies to get those same needs met, everyone wins.
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entrepreneur / intrapreneur
startups, strategy, online marketing, viral marketing, social networking, content acquisition and electronic publishing
  • Gallup
    Entrepreneur in Residence / Strengths Evangelist, present
  • FamilyLink (Facebook apps)
    entrepreneur, 2007 - 2012
  • Provo Labs
    incubator, 2005 - 2006
  • (now Lendio)
    founder, 2005 - 2005
  • 10x Marketing
    founder, 2002 - 2004
    founder, 1996 - 2002
  • Infobases
    founder, 1990 - 1997
  • Folio
    data prep engineer, 1988 - 1990
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Falls Church, Virginia
Provo, Utah - Orem, Utah - Los Altos Hills, CA - Raleigh, NC - American Fork, Utah - Highland, Utah
Gallup Entrepreneur-in-Residence. Founded Serial Entrepreneur. Strengths Evangelist.
Paul Allen "The Lesser"

Serial entrepreneur. Married for 26 years to a brilliant and beautiful actress. Life-long monogamy rocks. Eight awesome kids. 18-year old son plans to work for (or run) Google someday. He already runs the largest Nexus 7 owner community on Google+. :)

After 22 years as an entrepreneur, I now work for Gallup, evangelizing strengths psychology to individuals and organizations everywhere. My Top 10 Strengths are: Learner, Input, Ideation, Intellection, Strategic, Analytical, Competition, Achiever, Activator, Futuristic.

My favorite topics are platforms & APIs, mobile and social app development, internet marketing, entrepreneurship, technology innovation, incubators, tech IPOs, the business of genealogy, education technology, transparency in government, financial regulation, the danger of OTC derivatives, restoring Glass-Steagall, massively distributed capitalism, the distributed internet, and when the world needs an emotional pick-me-up, video clips of Jimmer playing college basketball.

Politically I'm an anti-partisan Independent who believes that our political system (both parties) has been corrupted by big money, gerrymandering, and the loss of critical checks & balances. My political slogan is "I seek not for power, but to pull it down."

I proposed a "Git Repository for Legislative Markup" at the Facebook Congressional Hackathon in 2010. Every word of every law ought to be traceable to the elected official who authorized it. And the impact and consequences of laws and regulations should be measured and scrutinized.

Fan of Lawrence Lessig and Buddy Roemer. Attended No Labels kick off in NYC in 2013. 

Someday I'd love to be the Librarian of Congress:

All Congressional Research Service reports should be freely available to the public, and a social network should be built on top of it (and THOMAS) so citizens can weigh in on every important issue facing the legislature.
Bragging rights
1) Accurately predicted the early growth of Google+ using surname data from the U.S. census 2) Attended original f8, shook hands with Mark Zuckerberg, then bet my last company on Facebook Platform, we built an app that attracted 80 million users 3) Perfect score on the math portion of the ACT 4) personal best is 53 consecutive free throws 5) Have founded 3 Inc. 500 companies 6) read Atlas Shrugged, 1984, and Brave New World over the holidays
  • BYU
    Russian, 1983 - 1990
  • Orem High School
    1980 - 1983
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