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Team Collaboration Specialists.  i am seeking to identify professionals with expertise in team collaboration who are at least somewhat active on Google+ for a project for a client.   If you work in that field, or you know anyone who does,  please let me know in the comments here or by PM.
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Becoming Better Interconnected:  Crowdsourcing for Ideas.  One of the goals of this community has always  been to help entrepreneurs on Google+ become better interconnected.   

With yesterday's announcement that Google will be breaking out Hangouts and Photos from what is now called "The Stream" there are all sorts of unanswered questions, all the more so for us because no one at Google is really talking about the fate of communities.  Even before this announcement, I had some serious concerns about the lack of good systems for managing a community of this size and our lack of meaningful access to our member database.

I have tried to broach with several heartfelt messages to Google employees including the previous head of Google+, the Chief Architect, the Google+ Communities Manager, and the manager of the Google+ small business community that is operated by Google staff  - I did not receive responses to any of these messages.

i had several concerns - first was the "limits to growth" of a community like this - it is basically just a flat bulletin board system - obviously with more than 60,000 members people might not be able to post as much as they want.  More significantly though, there are some elements of an online community that is missing here - the most important of which is what you might call "discovery" - a way for members to find, meet and communicate with other like-minded members.  

Normally this is done through the member database or directory, but I consider the one here on Google+ all but useless.  You can look people up by their name, but if you know their name why would you need the directory?  - you could just go directly to the profile.   i have tried just about everything to get our member data, but Google seems to have it on complete lockdown - it is not a part of "Google Takeouts" and there seems to be no way to extract even the most basic information about our members here - by all means, take a look for yourself and let me know if you have any ideas;

I have also developed a member website I have mentioned a few times here that does have a pretty solid feature set, and in particular solves the "discovery" and lookup issue, or at least it would if everyone joined  I have mentioned it several times but I never found a partner or co-founder to work with me on this application, and being just one person with limited resources I haven't given it nearly the attention it deserves - plus I never really found a business model for it, and I do have to eat.   Still, it isn't a bad place to start - it is basically an open source PHP/mySQL script that was originally a dating application - in some ways, ideal for our needs.    By all means, feel free to register, but don't expect anything to exciting content-wise on the inside, and let me know if you have any ideas on how it can be used and managed:

As I said, I have no idea what Google is going to do with communities, and I am not even 100 percent certain that Google+ will be around for that much longer.   It is time to put our cards on the table and ask our members here for their ideas.  How can we better meet and stay connected with our members here?  

Any and all ideas are welcome.
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Thanks +Steve Faber - of course Google knows, but that company is hardly known for its transparency.  In truth, Google+ is not that strong at either community development or small business support.  While you are correct that Google+ "good for 'meeting new people" that is really something the larger community is doing here - the technology is still set up as a copy of Facebook for "connecting with people you already know".

I didn't get quite the response I had hoped for here so I am going to uppin this post, but we will keep trying
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Hmmm - need to think about it a bit.
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Say Hello to the Genius Who Stole My Phone...

Sometimes you just have to love technology. After a house move a months back, I couldn't find my HTC One, a phone I had recently wiped and was using as a camera while I tried out a new Cyanogenmod. Thinking it had been misplaced in the move or simply still in a moving box in the shed, I gave up looking for it since I had another phone. When I recently came back to Android I opened up my Google Drive Photos and lo and behold, there's this guy, complete with selfies and pictures of his home, kids, and what I can only assume is his wife. Judging by the company name on his shirt (the moving company I used) it's not hard to see how he wound up with his new phone. But apparently he had not realized it was on auto backup.

The moving company found him and immediately fired him (and I have removed their logo from this picture) but the thief has neglected to return the phone. So say hello to him now.

  #Android   #GoogleDrive #AutoBackup
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Seriously an idiot. Wow. 
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Welcome back Stephanie.  I am happy to announce that +Stephanie Sims has returned from a leave of absence and will be helping to moderate this community again.  I am too lazy to write up a new introduction so please accept the one I wrote when she first joined us.

Stephanie is a small business finance expert - something we all probably need to learn more about, and is also a regular participant in Google+ hangouts, so maybe she can help us with our moribund community hangout program.  

In any event, we are delighted to have her back and want to thank her for offering to help again.


+Mike Bayes 
+Nishadha Silva 
+Devan Perine 
+Rebecca Quinn  
There's a new sheriff in town.  I am delighted to announce that we have recruited +Stephanie Sims as the latest addition to our moderator team.  Stephanie comes from an investment banking background and helps small business and entrepreneurs understand that intricacies of finance by "showing owners how to make the most of the financial tools at their disposal".  

Stephanie lives in Scottsdale, Arizona with her husband Herve, who she met while living in France, and her three children who are 12, 10 and 5 - so she has her hands full in her words "schlepping her kids all over"  He hobbies include cooking, tennis, "reading like a fiend" and the "name that tunes" game.  She also appreciates fine aux truffles and champagne.  Please welcome Stephanie who joins our team of amazing moderators.    We really appreciate her volunteering to help. 


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Thanks so much +Rob Gordon and +Rebecca Quinn ! It's great to be back ;-)

I'm excited to meet all those who've gotten active lately, and to see those of you I already know. Of course, if you've got questions, don't hesitate to ping me, I'm happy to help if I can!
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Google Contacts Updated  For anyone on this community who missed this, an important update from Google - I know how I am going to be spending the next few days.
Big launch for the team today!  We've hugely improved Google Contacts.  The once tedious task of "managing" your contacts on Google has been made a lot easier, more intelligent... and more beautiful...  The launch is still a 'preview', so go to, check it out, and let them know what you think!
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  • Entrepreneur Strategy & Acceleration
    Business Strategy, 2012 - present
  • Michigan State University
  • San Diego State University
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December 22
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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


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 - almost 50,000 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.  We recently relaunched an initiative 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.  This is being done mostly through the facilitation of small private teams, each dedicated to the success of an individual member.  This initiative is still new, but the response has been really amazing and almost 2000 people are now following our Google+ page where we make our major announcements

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.  This is a private community so you have to request an invitation but all we really ask is that you be your authentic self and not try to impress anyone.  

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:

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Program Management, Community Management, Entrepreneurship, Startup Acceleration, Content Creation, Content Automation, Small Business Strategy, International Business, Economic Development
  • 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.
    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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Lagos, Nigeria - Cairo, Egypt - Lansing, Michigan - Detroit, Michigan
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