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Female #Startup #Founders in SF 6/4: Free Speed Advice Clinic

Hi there, #femalefounders of #SanFrancisco  area #startups -- and their friends.

Got a micro question holding up your progress? Here’s an answer to get you on your way.

My fellow startup veteran +Shefaly Yogendra  and are offering a free speed advice clinic for startup up founders when Shefaly’s in town from London next month.

OPPORTUNITY DETAILS

What: Speed Advice Clinic for Female Founders
How: In 20 minute slots, the two of us will listen deeply to your problem and offer possible implementable steps
When: Thursday June 4, from 11am to 3pm
Where: A central spot in #SOMA -SF

As you probably know, I just spent a year leading early growth, product strategy, community building and operations at a visual story app in SF. I also bring extensive global media and content experience including NYC tech journalism and Hollywood entertainment.

Shefaly recently exited her fine jewelry venture, and has 2 decades of international business building and CXO advisory experience. She's been named a top writer at Quora for the past three years.

ASK US ABOUT THESE TOPICS

~ product strategy
~ content and community building
~ branding
~ market outreach
~ governance
~ global growth

HOW TO JOIN US

In the comments below or by private message, let me know you want to come. We’ll get you a spot, and tell you exactly where we’ll be. We’ll also take walk ins, so even if you're not sure you can make it, reach out now to get the address.

CAN'T COME? TWEET US

Time permitting during the clinic, we’ll also reply on the #founderclinic tag to your tweets directed in advance to @anastasiaashman or @shefaly on Twitter. Try that right now!

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My commemoration of an end of an era:

Today is the last episode of the series #MadMen http://www.amctv.com/shows/mad-men

I am absolutely in love with the man and character Don Draper.

He is all of us. Our shadow side that says whatever the @#$* it wants to, has demons to slay, is afraid the past will define the future.  I love Mad Men because it represents in a very 
contemporary way the hero’s journey 

“You enter the forest
at the darkest point,
where there is no path.

Where there is a way or path,
it is someone else's path.

You are not on your own path.

If you follow someone else's way,
you are not going to realize
your potential.” 

Joseph Campbell  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Hero_with_a_Thousand_Faces

Every character is a different point on the journey. Our watching it can allow ourselves to see ourselves in ways that might lead to judgement. In that judgment is our learning point of how we can ensure we aren’t letting our own persona dragons sabbatage our positive trajectory. You know me well enough by now to know I’ll spin anything in the direction of self awareness and choice making. 

Just for fun here are some posts on contemporary branding and I hope yoiu can see the connection. I’ll be watching and drinking very good read wine.

1) #brand: Foucault and social media: life in a virtual panopticon http://philosophyforchange.wordpress.com/2012/06/21/foucault-and-social-media-life-in-a-virtual-panopticon/ with Tim Rayner @timrayner01

2) Be human: Heidegger and online authenticity http://philosophyforchange.wordpress.com/2013/02/20/be-human-heidegger-and-online-authenticity/ 

3) Blurring Art, Artifice and Pop Culture http://www.nytimes.com/2013/11/10/arts/music/blurring-art-artifice-and-pop-culture.html?ref=art&_r=0

4) The Hero’s Journey of Open Design 
http://www.wwtid.com/2012/07/23/the-heros-journey-of-open-design/ with Gunther Sonnenfeld aka @goonth

5) #brand: To Thine Own Brand Be True  http://www.fastcompany.com/1839563/thine-own-brand-be-true a message that can be reinforced more regularly      
        
6) #brand: Social Currency In A B2B World with Vivaldi Partners http://www.vivaldipartners.com/  http://www.vivaldipartners.com/pdf/SC_B2B_report_4.13.13.pdf  follow @vivaldipartners 

7) #brand: The business case for social  http://www.informationweek.com/it-leadership/7-elements-of-a-successful-social-business/d/d-id/1110857 …? with @ValaAfshar and stats @dhinchcliffe

8)  #brand: Social BusinessFrameworks for Next Generation Organization Structure 
http://www.slideshare.net/dhinchcliffe/frameworks-for-next-gen-organizational-structure-enterprise-2-0-summit-2014-keynote-by-dion-hinchcliffe again with @dhinchcliffe 

 9) #brand: The Attention Economy http://firstmonday.org/article/view/519/440 with Michael Goldhaber @mgoldh 

    
10) #brand: A behavioral framework for social leadership http://rolanddeiser.com/source/Six%20social-
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Concepts like Hue, Nest, Homekit are in the minds of the customers. There is a lot more to do when lighting up someone’s place. The opportunity to make a difference starts now.

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Jewellery and what motivates a woman to buy. The jewellery shopper is definitely more discerning—she’s looking for new, fresh designs and not just brand names.

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