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Rob Gordon
Works at Action Planning Associates
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Lives in San Diego, California
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Meanwhile, in the ocean. 
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ninja turtles 
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Looks like Google might belatedly be building an interest based system. 
A new feature called Collections is coming soon to Google+, according to sources of ours. While we have limited information about Collections at this time, from what we understand, the feature wants users to create “collections” of their interests, which makes it sound a lot like Pinterest meets ...
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You da man Rob!
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This is today - in an hour and a half.   Still plenty of slots available if you would like to join us. 
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Everyone knows that co-working spaces are great for small business, startups, and the self-employed, but what if you can't afford one?  - or if there isn't one near where you live?   I thought we should try a little experiment to see if some elements of co-working can be replicated in a Google HOA. 

In a real world co-working space part of the benefit is when during the course of work you take the time to learn about the projects of someone working in a different area - and sometimes unexpected energy and creativity comes out of these interactions.    Maybe we can use hangouts to "hack" this a bit and get some of the good stuff in not nearly so time consuming manner.   

I am thinking this will be a step up from our "small business coffee break" meeting but still informal.   Participants will have to give some "bigger picture" background on their business, but mostly it will be about current projects - whatever you are working on right now.   Other participants can ask questions and throw out ideas, but not "critique" unless requested.   We just want to learn more about each other and support each other if possible.

This is something of an experiment but it should be interesting.   To participate simply open the work projects you want to show us in tabs in your browser so you can get to the easily when you do a desktop share.    This is not a presentation so you don't need to do any special preparation beyond that.  

Think of it this way - in a co-working space a co-working might ask "What have you been working on" - and you might show him some draft documents or other work-in-progress and talk about it a bit.   That is all this is - just a way to talk to fellow entrepreneurs about what we are up to and maybe exchange a few ideas.   

This meeting will be recorded as an HOA but future sessions may be done privately.   
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Sorry I had to leave early. I needed to take a rather lengthy and somewhat important phone call. 
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Creepy Warning.  As scientific and rational as I like to think of myself as being, this stuff always gets to me. #oddities  
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This is creepy place to visit actually, don't visit at all
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Virtual Co-Working Session.  Hi Accountability Friday folks.   Sorry about my absence - I have been running around like a chicken with my head cut off.  This event is partly inspired by this group - it is another way for us to learn a bit more about what we are all doing, and maybe help each other.   Let me know if you think you can make it. 
Rob Gordon originally shared:
 
Everyone knows that co-working spaces are great for small business, startups, and the self-employed, but what if you can't afford one?  - or if there isn't one near where you live?   I thought we should try a little experiment to see if some elements of co-working can be replicated in a Google HOA. 

In a real world co-working space part of the benefit is when during the course of work you take the time to learn about the projects of someone working in a different area - and sometimes unexpected energy and creativity comes out of these interactions.    Maybe we can use hangouts to "hack" this a bit and get some of the good stuff in not nearly so time consuming manner.   

I am thinking this will be a step up from our "small business coffee break" meeting but still informal.   Participants will have to give some "bigger picture" background on their business, but mostly it will be about current projects - whatever you are working on right now.   Other participants can ask questions and throw out ideas, but not "critique" unless requested.   We just want to learn more about each other and support each other if possible.

This is something of an experiment but it should be interesting.   To participate simply open the work projects you want to show us in tabs in your browser so you can get to the easily when you do a desktop share.    This is not a presentation so you don't need to do any special preparation beyond that.  

Think of it this way - in a co-working space a co-working might ask "What have you been working on" - and you might show him some draft documents or other work-in-progress and talk about it a bit.   That is all this is - just a way to talk to fellow entrepreneurs about what we are up to and maybe exchange a few ideas.   

This meeting will be recorded as an HOA but future sessions may be done privately.   
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That's a good point. 
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Very true!! A common phrase in my book.
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Oklahoma.  I's cheesy, but I like this tourism commercial for the U.S. State of Oklahoma.  Maybe because I like this song and it's lyrics - "we know we belong to the land", etc.  

I remember when I lived in Africa the other nationalities forced the Americans to sing a national song for 4th of July.  This was at a Hash House Harriers gathering (shot description "drinking club with a running problem) and we couldn't agree on a song we all could sing. We ended up arguing about it instead and were totally lame.  

I always thought we should have picked this song instead.  Sure, it is about just one state, but who can't like Oklahoma after hearing a commercial like this.
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Virtual Co-Working.   Here is the HOA we had this morning that was an attempt to replicate some elements of co-working in a video meeting.   I thought it went pretty well. #entrepreneur #solopreneur
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It is good to get back into hangouts. I had to leave early because of an important phone call. A potential project I forgot to mention. 
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A casual woman, for #womanwednesday
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A woman with a duck, for #womanwednesday
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Virtual Co-Working Session.   I just shared this to the entrepreneurs community but wanted to share it to my own circles.  Excuse me if you have seen this before, but I also wanted to notify a few people who I think might be interested.  As I said in the HOA description, this is partly an experiment but it should be fun.   I hope some of you will consider joining us. 
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Great session Rob I hope to join you when work settles. Great to listen in now. Excellent initiative.
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  • Entrepreneur Strategy & Acceleration
    Business Strategy, 2012 - present
  • Michigan State University
  • San Diego State University
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Birthday
December 22
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Introduction
I'm a friendly and outgoing guy, currently single, living near the beach area of San Diego.    I like meeting smart and creative people and want as much positive energy in my life as I can possibly get.  

There probably won't be much rhyme or reason to the posts I make here.  Sometimes I write about things going on in my life, other times I post business or political material, and sometimes I like things that are spiritual or related to self  improvement and personal growth - and I almost always like things that are funny or off beat.

I grew up in the American Midwest - Michigan, so I have the common attribute of being a little slow to make friends but then doing my best to hang onto them as long as I can.  I am an open book, but it still takes a while to get to know me  Once you have my trust though I will have your back.  I am fiercely loyal to my friends. 

My nationality is Irish so I like a good stiff drink now and again, and have a penchant for dive bars.   At the same time, I am also trying to get more health and fitness oriented and am working on my own personal growth.  I don't think we should ever stop growing.

Politically, I am a progressive libertarian - figure that one out.  I like yoga but also martial arts.  I am shy but outgoing - open minded but skeptical - tough but sensitive.  I am a patriotic American who considers himself to be a world citizen,  I am nonbeliever on a spiritual path.   Yes, I am a contradiction. 

Business Interests

I have a several different business interests, ventures and practice areas.  Since I am self-employed, I have used the "employment" section of this profile to describe my two major practice areas: Project Acceleration Services and Content Creation Services, as well as two of my ventures: World Startups and the California Trade Network.  These are active and current so contact me if any interest you.or if you see a way we might work together.   My other business interests include:
  • Entrepreneurial Collaboration
  • Small Business Development
  • Startup Venture Acceleration
  • Open Source Development
  • Collaborative Technologies
  • International Business & Trade
  • New Economy / Self-Employed
  • California Economy and Politics

Communities

I run several different communities here on Google+ - some are large and well established, some are small and experimental - all are intended to get people working together for mutual benefit.

Entrepreneurs, Self-Employed, and Small Business.  This is a large and growing public community - more than 60,000 members now -  that I founded for entrepreneurs, small business owners, startup founders and the self employed  It provides a platform where entrepreneurs from all around the world can meet, share information, engage in discussions and sometimes cooperate for mutual benefit.   Some have told me it is the best managed business community on Google+. All are welcome no matter how small or humble the business or venture. 

Virtual Brain Trust Cooperative.  A private community here on Google+ called the "Virtual Brain Trust Cooperative" where we each volunteer of offer a small amount of our extra "brain power" to help each other advance in our lives, business or careers.  

Personal Growth, Self-Improvement & Life Balance.  An open discussion of personal growth and self improvement in all its aspects, from the pragmatic, to the ethereal.  Includes discussions about self improvement, personal effectiveness, psychology, philosophy, neuroscience and even spirituality - anything that involves growing to our full potential and leading better lives.    


Favorite Quotes

"He attacked everything in in life with a mixture of extraordinary genius and naive incompetence and it was often difficult to tell which was which".
Douglas Adams, "The Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy"

"All the world will be your enemy, Prince with a Thousand Enemies, and whenever they catch you, they will kill you... But first, they must catch you"
Richard Adams, Watership Down

"Your mind. Your slow, plodding, tenacious mind. There has never been one quite like it, in all the history of the world. Perhaps in the history of creation." 
Stephen King - the Gunslinger.

DISCLAIMER:  I use Google+ as my personal micro-blog to post "whatever I want".   If you are offended by unconventional political and business ideas, unpopular opinions that sometimes go against the crowd, irreverent views about religion and morality, or a lack of respect for the status quo, I suggest that you not follow me.  While I am not totally insensitive to cultural norms, I will not "self censor" to accommodate anyone here.  In addition, I occasionally post material that is only appropriate for adults here so don't follow me if you are underage or might be offended by such materials.  See also: photo and image sharing policy: http://goo.gl/U0ICt

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Program Management, Community Management, Entrepreneurship, Startup Acceleration, Content Creation, Content Automation, Small Business Strategy, International Business, Economic Development
Employment
  • Action Planning Associates
    Owner, 2011 - present
    Professional service that uses the latest generation of project management and scheduling applications along with collaborative brainstorming to help startups, small business and entrepreneurs accomplish their objectives much more rapidly. Please request a capabilities statement or schedule a Google+ hangout with me if you would like more information There is no charge for any initial consultation.
  • World-Startups.com
    Founder, 2011 - 2014
    This is an community platform designed to enhance collaboration among early stage startups and entrepreneurs. While still under development, it is fully operational and provides a sophisticated matching service that can link entrepreneurs seeking partners and co-founders, as well as match them with the needs of larger organizations. Please see link on this profile for registration or contact me if you would like more information.
  • Content Creation Services
    Owner, 2011 - 2014
    Professional service that helps business with their content management, content marketing and content automation needs. I can supply customized content to your blog or website on a regular basis at low cost and with little involvement on your part. Ongoing market research is provided as part of this service and it is ideal as an adjunct to the regular content creation activities of you or your organization. Technical writing and documentation services are also available. Please request a capabilities statement or schedule a Google+ hangout with me f you would like more information There is no charge for any initial consultation.
  • California Trade Network
    Co-Founder, 2000 - 2014
    This is a business portal for exporters and internationally oriented entrepreneurs in the state of California. While this project went dormant for several years, it is currently being relaunched with a new partner at a time of renewed interest.
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San Diego, California
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Lagos, Nigeria - Cairo, Egypt - Lansing, Michigan - Detroit, Michigan
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