Saturday, December 03, 2011
Wednesday, November 30, 2011
Natalie Petouhoff, Matthew T. Grant, Kathy Herrmann and Jennifer Cisney
Note: I am on the Program Advisory Committee for the forthcoming conference SocialTech 2012 - B2B Social Media Marketing Distilled that is taking place March 29th to 30th in Seattle WA.
Friday, November 25, 2011
Please read and comment on my review of the Samsung Galaxy S2 on Techcocktail
Thursday, November 24, 2011
My list for Nov 26th Small Business Saturday around Rockville/Gaithersburg and Potomac are:
- Shady Grove Eye and Vision I have been a patient for over 10 years.
- Bombay Bistro Rockville Very nice Indian restaurant that I have been associated with for over 14 years including working there initially.
- Spice Xing in Rockville Excellent Indian food in the Rockville town center
- Sushi Oishii Love the Sushi and at lunch time the Bento Box.
- Traville Barber shop been going there ever since they opened in the Traville shopping center
Also check out the special offers at http://www.facebook.com/SmallBusinessSaturday
Special offer from American Express: American Express wants to help you make a difference. Get a one-time $25 statement credit when you register an eligible American Express® Card and use that Card for a purchase of $25 or more at a small business on November 26th. Registration is limited. Terms and Conditions apply. https://sync.americanexpress.com/sbs2011
Klout Perk: I also got a $25 Gift card from American Express and Klout by virtue of being a Klout Influencer. I was not obligated to do anything in return. I am small business evangelist and love helping small business and this post is a result of that.
Continue reading on my column at Examiner.com Timely Facebook App to send Real Flowers to friends and family using Facebook .
Tuesday, November 22, 2011
Amazon has shipped the Amazon Kindle Fire Tablet which sells for $199. I have only seen it in stores and read reviews. One that I read yesterday is from eWeek "Amazon’s Kindle Fire is the world’s smallest vending machine disguised as a tablet ". Generally a good device for doing what you need when you are away from your computer and before bedtime.
Now comes the news that Best Buy is selling the
BlackBerry - PlayBook Tablet with 16GB Memory for $199. I have some experience with the BlackBerry Playbook ever since RIM sent me one to use and try. As soon as I unpacked it my college going daughter ( Yes! I have a college going kid) snatched it from me and off it went to classes and lectures. It is a wifi only device and was a perfect light tablet (14 oz.) for carrying on long walks going between classes. The 7" screen was good enough to hold in your hand and it had all the document software you needed and connect with your computer to transfer notes.
What I am loving about the Blackberry Playbook
- Very easy to type and write notes.
- Easy browsing with multiple tabs
- If you are a Blackberry Phone owner the sync between the device and the Blackberry phone is seamless ( I have not tested this)
- The navigation is a different from the iPad and once you figured it out it is very nice
- You can record good quality video and also use the front facing camera to video chat
- For non-Blackberry users the browser seems to be the only way to check email. Blackberry is probably going to remedy this in an update early 2012.
- There are fewer apps and even fewer free apps. In the upcoming OS update Blackberry has hinted that they will enable a Android App Player which is a huge development and opens these devices to the entire Android market
- Social Sharing : I could not find an easy way to share links from my browser which is very important for me.
Monday, November 14, 2011
Kelly also participated in a small business video cast in 2009 with Network Solutions. See clip below:
I have not been to Lost Boys even though I know I should ( I need the advice) See what people are saying on Yelp:
The owner, Kelly, is an incredible fashionista herself and knows how to make you dazzle in the clothing she sells. You'll need a heavy wallet when shopping here but when you see yourself or your man in these clothes, you'll know that it's worth every penny...and you'll be back for more. Just ask Marc H or LOST BOY, Kevin L! The owner, Kelly, is an incredible fashionista herself and knows how to make you dazzle in the clothing she sells. You'll need a heavy wallet when shopping here but when you see yourself or your man in these clothes, you'll know that it's worth every penny...and you'll be back for more. Just ask Marc H or LOST BOY, Kevin L!
Saturday, November 12, 2011
- ISP (Internet Service Provider) could be your phone company, cable company
- Modem, sometimes rented to you by your ISP but best to buy one on your own and connect to your ISP's line.
- Router either WiFi or Ethernet that is connected to the modem and provides connectivity to your various devices inside the house
- Your computer or laptop that is connected using WiFi or a Ethernet cable to your router.
- Comcast is my cable and internet provider
- Modem is a Linksys modem
- Router is a Belkin
- Lenovo, Asus, iPad, Blackberry Playbook, Samsung Android Phone.
Saturday, November 05, 2011
Explore industry best practices in online video marketing hosted by Poptent. Learn how brands are leveraging online video to increase engagement and drive ROI. Hear from industry experts Ronan Keane from XO Communications and Neil Perry, President of Poptent. Cocktails: 5-6pm Dinner/presentation: 6-8pm
Wednesday, November 02, 2011
Dancing With Digital Natives receives a Finalist spot in the General Business category in the USA Best Books 2011.
A complete list of the winners and finalists of The USA “Best Books 2011” Awards are available online athttp://www.USABookNews.com.
Tuesday, October 25, 2011
Sunday, October 23, 2011
I attended this conference as a panelist on the Social Media Panel at the invitation of the conference organizer Michelle James CEO/Chief Emergence Officer
The Social Media Panel was moderated by Jen Consalvo, COO & Co-Editor of Tech Cocktail and co-founder of Thankfulfor
My fellow panelists:
Maxine Teller : MixTMedia and my fellow Washingtonian Tech Titans
Peter Lamotte - President of GeniusRocket Jesse Thomas CEO and Co-Founder of Jess3
The audience participated in a big way and the session was largely an exchange of ideas and stories of creativity along with some tips on starting and engaging using social media tools for creative entrepreneurs. Jen Consalvo did an awesome job moderating the panel. Along with the audience I learnt a lot from my fellow panelists as well.
I was very happy to see Annalie Killian who flew in for the conference from Beijing ( She lives in Australia). Her advice over lunch was very striking when she said too much connectivity can kill creativity. When you consume too much you are not making time for yourself to reflect on what you are learning. She knows and her story of she organizes a creativity festival in Sydney where all company employees attend called Amp. Follow @amplifyFest to get more details Storify curation of tweets from the Social Media Panel at #cibc11 Creativity in Business Conference October 23, 2011.
Saturday, October 22, 2011
Wednesday, October 19, 2011
Listen to Biz Talk with Josh show your computer on Thursday October 20th or CBS Radio Washington DC 1580 AM
On a previous Biz Talk with Josh show I participated with Elizabeth Shea, President and CEO, Speakerbox Public Relations a business technology sector PR firm and we discussed Small business use of Facebook, Twitter and Linkedin.
Tuesday, October 18, 2011
Wednesday, October 12, 2011
- Social Media Leadership: How to Get off the Bench and into the Game, author Michael F.Lewis, chairman and CEO of business services company ILD and consulting firm Social Strategy1
- Wharton marketing professor Eric Bradlow and Steve Ennen, president and chief intelligence officer of Social Strategy1
The concept of listening, customer service and a Employee Satisfaction index are all mentioned in this conversation. Learn more at Social Media in the C-Suite: Listening, Learning and Creating a Strategy from the Top Down - Knowledge@Wharton http://b.shashi.co/q6ldmE
Friday, October 07, 2011
Thursday, October 06, 2011
Wednesday, October 05, 2011
You thought Google was just a search engine ! Google today announced that the Google Earth desktop client, mobile apps and the Google Earth plug-in had been downloaded more than a billion times. Google Earth enables you to to explore the world in seconds, from Earth to Mars to the ocean floor.
Google Acquired Keyhole Inc in 2004 and in 2005 called it Google Earth mapping the surface area of the Earth covers around 197 million square miles. Now you can be an armchair explorer.
The Google blog has this story:
Professor David Kennedy of the University of Western Australia, who’s used Google Earth to scan thousands of square kilometers in Saudi Arabia and Jordan. Professor Kennedy has discovered ancient tombs andgeoglyphs dating back at least 2,000 years, all without leaving his desk in Perth. My friend Steve King of the small business research firm SmallBizLabs told me a story of how roofers were using Google Earth to measure the roof of a customer without needing to climb the roof. I am sure exterprising businesses will find a wway to use technology to their advanatage. You can see Google's collection of stories at www.OneWorldManyStories.com
See the promo video for Google Earth's 1 Billion downloads
Tuesday, October 04, 2011
We will be joined by Ms. Elizabeth Shea, President and CEO, Speakerbox Public Relations. Ms. Shea's firm specializes in PR for tech-based businesses, and she frequently speaks on topics such as social media for CEOs, content marketing and business-to-government (B2G) communication strategies, as well as social media return on investment (ROI)
Saturday, October 01, 2011
Brian Solis' new book is available for pre-order The End of Business As Usual: Rewire the Way You Work to Succeed in the Consumer Revolution at Amazon. I have read his previous book "Engage" and will definitely be checking out his new book.
The End of Business As Usual explores each layer of this complex consumer revolution that is changing the future of business, media, and culture. As con- sumers connect with one another, a vast and efficient information network takes shape and begins to steer experiences, decisions, and markets. It is nothing short of disruptive.
Thursday, September 22, 2011
Wednesday, September 21, 2011
|From Customers Rock by Becky Caroll - Photo Shashi Bellamkonda|
Sunday, September 18, 2011
One of the first app is Stream + available at http://stream-plus.appspot.com that lets you see all the posts that you shared in your stream in a easy format with categories automatically listed. Granted this is work in progress but the fact that you can now use API access to Google Plus will give rise to many new apps and also integration into existing apps.
I could not find any other apps yet and let me know if you find others. What kind of app will help you ? I defintiely want one that show me all the +1 I have done across the net in a catalog format.
Thursday, September 15, 2011
Disruptathon Social Media is set for Sept 27th at The Washington Post Company.It is a platform for identifying innovative ideas and the people and companies behind them. At the event, the innovators make presentations and the attendees evaluate them.Disruptathon and The Washington Post Company are bringing together over 20 of the most disruptive social media companies in the world for a day-long session dedicated to business, marketing and networking.
Register and enjoy the event that also includes dinner and an open bar.
When and Where:
Tuesday, September 27, 2011 from 5:00 PM to 9:00 PM
The Washington Post Company
1150 15th Street, NW
Washington, DC 20071
Tuesday, September 13, 2011
Mashable also added two new channels,Entertainment and U.S. & World.
Congrats ! Adam and welcome Lance. Looking forward to great times ahead. More details Mashable or Marketwatch
Monday, September 12, 2011
Speaker series is sponsored by the Open Text Social Workplace bringing together some of the people who have informed, inspired and amazed them to talk about how to become more purpose driven and pursuing a meaningful purpose.
The event is on 21st September at 8:30 am and this time it's Michael Edson, the Director of Web and New Media Strategy for the Smithsonian Institution talking about the expertise he has covered.
Event Location Willard Intercontinental Hotel 1401 Pennsylvania Ave NW Washington, DC, 20004 United States
Schedule September 21, 2011 Start time- 8:30am End time- 10:00am
Saturday, September 10, 2011
Tuesday, September 06, 2011
Network Solutions is introducing an event to share tips and advice with the small business community called Lunchtime Q&A with Small Biz Experts on Facebook.
The inaugural Q&A will take place this Thursday, September 8th from 12:00 PM — 1:00 PM ESTwith featured guest host Ramon Ray on Network Solutions Facebook Page:http://www.facebook.com/networksolutions.
Spend an hour on Facebook page sharing tips and informtaion to improve your businesses. People interested can post questions on the wall starting at 9:00 AM EST 9/8 or join the Q&A live at the scheduled time.
Monday, September 05, 2011
Digital Capital Week 2011 is an event that has got everything from learning, working to partying, a festival in the capital region focusing on bringing together designers, developers, entrepreneurs and social innovators of all kinds through parties, panels, keynotes and projects.
you can be a part of the festival by submitting events and projects and DCWEEK is providing $10,000 in grants to DC artists.
To know more about the event details like when and Where.
Saturday, September 03, 2011
I met Frank Warren founder of PostSecret a few years ago and admire his work in inspiring students on openness and communication. I am glad
From the press release :
The PostSecret App was crowd-sourced over a two-year period with the 80,000 member PostSecret community creating the guidelines to ensure that PostSecret App secrets be shared safely in a culture of openness and mutual respect.
The PostSecret community members also assisted in developing the International Suicide Prevention Wiki (ISP Wiki), the mostSee a preview / trailor about the PostSecret App.
comprehensive and current listing of suicide prevention hotlines and “chat-lines” in the world. The (ISP Wiki) will be an important part of the PostSecret App and is available for free to any individual or organization to incorporate into other apps so users can always find help and hope near them.
The PostSecret App will be available for purchase from the iTunes App Store for $1.99 in September. For more information about the PostSecret app, please visit www.postsecretapp.com.
Saturday, August 27, 2011
Interactive Map of Hurricane Irene Path and other resources
This is a Google.org project and brings in resources from weather, relief agencies, power companies to give you a good view. I chose a random address in Gaithersburg
Wednesday, August 24, 2011
This September, Glendale Arizona is the venue for the New media Optimization Summit where attendees will gain critical, new Internet marketing and communication skills through comprehensive workshops covering all aspects of online marketing, public relations, and internal and external corporate communications
Title: Listen To Your Customers (If You Want Them to Listen to You!)
Renaissance Glendale Resort & Spa
9495 W. Coyotes Blvd.
Glendale, Arizona 85305
Monday, September 12, 2011 8:00 AM - Tuesday, September 13, 2011 6:00 PM
Social media optimization, is a process or methodology for bringing forth publicity via social media, web sites, and online communities. New Media Optimization Summits event is all about how to put the social media to work in a business, it's a great opportunity to gain hands-on experience, you won't just listen, you will see, here and do.
Special offer: $50 discount off the regular $425/per person price use special discount code is: ShashiB and register athttp://www.regonline.com/Register/Checkin.aspx?EventID=927501
Tuesday, August 23, 2011
More details http://earthquake.usgs.gov/earthquakes/recenteqsus/
Advice from Director of the U.S. Geological Survey, Marcia McNutt in the Washington Post :
“When something like this happen, everyone has to remember, more than half of the states in the U.S. are considered earthquake country. When something like this happens, remember what to do in the case of a seismic event. Duck, get under something sturdy like a desk or a doorway, get away from falling glass. Make sure that you are not in the way of falling objects like pictures, bookshelves, books, anything that’s not firmly connected the wall.”
Read the whole article in the Washington Post
Advice from FEMA: What to Do After an Earthquake http://t.co/Lb8nVXE #earthquake
If you smell gas or suspect a gas leak:
Leave the area immediately and go to a location where you no longer smell gas, and report the leak by calling 911 (If Fire Rescue is not already on the scene).
In any event: Do Not:
Light matches or smoke. Avoid use of all open flames.
Try to locate the source of the gas leak.
Use any electrical device, including cellular phone, I-pods etc.
Turn light switches On and Off. Re-enter the building or return to the area until it has been declared safe to do so by Fire Rescue Personnel
1) Yelled EARTHQUAKE loudly to all my neighbors in the office
2) Luckily the tremors subsided so did not run out
3) Tweeted "EARTHQUAKE" https://twitter.com/#!/shashib/status/106061208968380416
4) Checked the USGS website http://earthquake.usgs.gov/earthquakes/recenteqsus/ It was not reported yet as it was too early and so I reported it on their page http://earthquake.usgs.gov/earthquakes/dyfi/
5) Checked Google and found the image above 5 minutes after the quake.
As per the organizers the criteria for judging included the following:
"... a person, company or other organization that has made a meaningful and lasting impact on the North American small business market. Impact may mean (i) providing products widely used by significant numbers of small businesses, or (ii) influencing significant numbers of small businesses by being a thought leader, or (iii) providing information or services of note to significant numbers of small businesses."
GOOD NEWS : I am very honored to be in the list of THE 100 SMALL BUSINESS INFLUENCER 2011 CHAMPIONS and want to thank the community , Small Business Trends , Smallbiztechnology.com , all the judges and Network Solutions for the support.
For the complete list go to the announcement page at SmallBiztrends.com and the list of Honorable Mentions
The tweetchat will focus on mobile social in the real estate industry featuring the guest speaker Matthew Shadbolt, Director of Interactive Product and Marketing for The Corcoran Group. He is the man responsible for the the interactive output and advertising for The Corcoran Group, Manhattan's largest real estate brokerage. Check out the Tech Savvy Agent article including an in-depth video interview with Matthew about The Corcoran Group's Brand, Mobile and Social strategy.
You can follow the conversation by searching the hashtag #mocial in Twitter’s search box and you can join the discussion by making any tweet that includes the term #mocial.
Saturday, August 20, 2011
|From Wayback Machine|
Friday, August 19, 2011
Today about 1800 motorcycles passed by the road I usually take to get back home. I heard about the 9/11 Tribute Motorcycle Ride first when all the local radio and newspapers were warning folks of the traffic delays. The organization behind the rally is at www.americas911ride.org/ and is doing a tremendous job paying tribute to the brave men and women who lost their lives on 9/11. I was happy to ride alongside them for a short while and watch the numerous folks who lined roads and bridge son the road to cheer them.
The route was brilliantly organized and I wish these heroes good luck as they continue their journey from the DC Area to New York. Some of the pictures from the parade route I was part of :
Social matchbox startup launch 2011, a grand event held by Washington area Startup Founders, Investors, and Community Leaders that provides a launch platform for new web and software product companies to gain exposure to early adopters, major media, bloggers, investors, and to compete for a chance to win the Community Choice and Founders’ Choice Awards from their peers.
The event will include ten startups launching new web and software products on the East Coast. To reserve your seat visit the Social Matchbox registration page
US Navy Memorial Heritage Center
701 Pennsylvania Ave NW,
Washington ,DC 20004
September 15th from 6-10pm
Thursday, August 18, 2011
So you want a mobile app? There's a class for thatWhen: Fri, Aug 26th, 2011 6:30pm - 8:00pm
Learn the basics of mobile application development strategy, cost, and how an app can help your business
113 S. Columbus St., Suite 100
Register at Skillshare.com (community marketplace for offline classes.)
Thanks for the tip Kristian Bouw
Shashi is planning on attending and other thought leaders like Anita Campbell and Jim Kukral. Lot of great speakers like David Meerman Scott, Kevin Smith and Sally Hogshead are leading the conference. Detailed info available at Content Marketing.
Content plays a key role in all of your web marketing, that is how u communicate online. At content marketing world you will learn how to transform your marketing department into a storytelling factory, engaging your prospects and customers in all the right channels with the right messages– including social, mobile, email, online and even print and in-person strategies.
Renaissance Cleveland Downtown,
24 Public Square,
Cleveland, OH 44113.
Monday, August 15, 2011
While we were planning on having a trip to Philly tomorrow from NYC, the plans have changed and instead we are doing an evening event in NYC where our guests will see "the lights of New York City while enjoying #140ConfTails." :)
If you are available to join tomorrow evening, the costs is $0 (free) but you need to RSVP as soon as you can over at: http://140DrinksOnaBus.
eventbrite.comJoining us will be our friends from #TechDrinkUp.
Tickets available for the first 60 people who sign up NOW
Wednesday, August 10, 2011
Nice to see that Windows is having a roadshow for students at Tysons Corner and a 10% discount ( Not sure if that's good) but a place to check out the new stuff that Microsoft has.
August 12th to 16th
1961 Chain Bridge Rd
Tysons Corner, VA 22102
Tuesday, July 19, 2011
|The Bahrain World Trade Center one of the tallest Building in Bahrain|
This was my first visit to the Middle East. The trip from Washington DC to Bahrain was about 15 hours of flying time plus a 3.5 hour layover in Dubai. US citizens can get a tourist visa on arrival, but I had gotten one online from http://www.evisa.gov.bh/. On arrival you have to fill up a Disembarkation card at the arrival hall of Bahrain airport.. Not having been told about this on the flight, we had to make trips back and forth from immigration.
As soon as you step out of the airport, the humidity hits you and if you are wearing glasses they are foggy and take a few minutes to clear.
Al-Fatih or Grand Mosque : This is the largest mosque in Bahrain and is very welcoming to people of other religions to visit. The largest fiberglass dome in the world, in the prayer room, is worth a visit. Ladies are given the abaya that they should wear within the mosque. You can also watch the prayer if you are there during prayer time.
National Museum of Bahrain : The history of Bahrain is over 6,000 years old and the artifacts and the interactive map make it a very interesting place to visit. My knowledge of the Dilmun and the burial mounds and the fact that traders came from the Indus Valley civilization several thousands of years ago was enhanced by what I learned at the museum.
Bahrain Tourism site.
Other things to see and do :
- Bahrain International Circuit
- King Fahd causeway connecting Bahrain and Saudi Arabia
- Gold Souq Bahrain
- Arabian food
- Eat Street / Las Vegas Street ( a street close to the American naval base full of US fast food chains)
- Day trips to Hawar Island
- See some oil wells from the road
Friday, July 08, 2011
United in it's new avatar is expanding internationally and just launched a new service between Shanghai and Los Angeles with a offer of triple bonus award miles. United flies to Bahrain with a stop-over in Kuwait. If my plans for next year materialize I may even take the flight 897 from Washington Dulles (IAD) to Beijing (PEK). There is certainly a fascination to visit countries and long flights or not I am thrilled every time I fly to a new place.
Routes me and our family have flown to and from India in the last decade.
Hyderabad- Mumbai-Paris-Washington DC
Washington DC - London - Dubai - Hyderabad
Hyderabad - Frankfurt-Geneva- Washington DC- Brussels-Frankfurt- Hyderabad
Hyderabad- Doha - Washington DC- Doha- Hyderabad
Washington DC - London - Dubai - Hyderabad
Washington DC- Amsterdam- Hyderabad
Some of my tips for travelers specially on International flights:
a) As far as possible try not to have a transfer within the country of origin or destination.I never want to transfer within the US or within India.
b) As soon as I board the flight I change my watch to the time zone of the country I am visiting
c) Drink a lot of water on the flight and get up from your seat to go and ask the crew for water and you get your exercise and a chance to move your legs.
d) Try to get as much sleep as possible
e) After you land try to get in the routine of your destination , you may be tempted to sleep or wake up at odd hours.
Have you done any long flights? What has your experience been? Let us know .
Photo credit : Mark Murdock Flickr photo
1) I used article http://mashable.com/2011/07/01/googleplus-facebook
2) Installed the Facebook to Google Chrome app http://crossrider.com/install/519-google-facebook