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Entrepreneurship for “Tech Geeks”

Technically, I’m not a “tech geek.” But recently I got to hang out with some of the best in St. Louis at the St. Louis Innovation Camp. This two-day conference was designed to offer information on every stage of tech start-up and launch, from conception to budgeting, from incorporation to marketing, funding to management and they covered a whole lot of ground in between. I was asked to present a couple of sessions on building networks both online and offline. We covered the difference between networking and marketing and delved into effective online strategies for both. We also discussed how to cultivate relationships through in person meetings and through social network sites. On Sunday, the final day of the conference, I was asked to facilitate and participate in a panel dedicated to social media and online networking. If you would like to talk about having me participate in a conference or speak to your organization please email me at

50 in 52 Journey features St. Louisans

What started as a twitter post to help a friend I’d never met help a person I never expected to meet turned into a face-to-face meeting and amazing friendship. In a tribute to the power of online networking in building community, I had the opportunity to host 50 in 52 Journeywoman and founder, Dafna Michaelson to St. Louis. The journey for us started with a tweet from Terry Bean, a master connector and founder of Motor City Connect, whom I had first “met” on Facebook through our mutual friend, Lewis Howes. Terry tweeted that he was looking for social media experts in the Chicagoland area to help Dafna make connections there. Having connected with Brian Tomkins and Gilbert Merlot during their Go-Giver Tour Project, I made an introduction through twitter. I was tickled to be able to put some great people in touch with each other and aid a very impressive mission, but I didn’t expect it to turn into anything more. I couldn’t have been more wrong. That introduction turned into an interview with Dafna on my passion for connecting people and my philosophies on business. Brian and Gilbert also came into St. Louis for Dafna’s visit here and the three of them presented in a panel discussion on Social Media in non-profit fundraising at a Social Media Club St. Louis even, which I had the privilege of moderating. Dafna also stepped in to interview with David Siteman Garland for The Rise to the Top. The stories Dafna chose to highlight from Missouri are all inspiring - check out her videos with St. Louisians Jeremy Nulik, John Bishop and David Meyer....