Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Gel Conference 2011 : April 28th to 30th New York

Last year I attended the GEL conference and I would put it in the top 3 in my list of conferences. Them is " Good Experience' - along with speakers we got a chance to experience traveling and discovering new and unique experiences. I also heard Sal Kan of the Khan Academy speak and Ysaye Barnwell make the whole conference stand up and sing a great melody. Eric Singer and his musical instruments and many other excellent speakers. You get an inspiring takeaway from the conference that you can carry back to your own customers and their experience. Mark Hurst did a great job with the GEL concept.

I still remember learnimg about the restaurant concept od Maialino from Terry Coughlin, general manager of Maialino and his team.


Gel 2010 montage from Gel Conference on Vimeo.

I have a family conflict on the 28th so I will sadly miss it this time and I am looking forward to next time.
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Sunday, March 27, 2011

Good use of a QR code in an ad

if you are reading the paper and want more info point your camera to the code and go to the url

Awesome signed copy of #enchantment by @guykawasaki

Thursday, March 24, 2011

looking forward to reading @fgossieaux 's book

Sunday, March 20, 2011

AT&T to Buy T-Mobile USA in $39 Billion Deal NYTimes

I just got this alert from the New York Times:

 

AT&T announced on Sunday that it has agreed to buy T-Mobile USA from Deutsche Telekom for $39 billion in cash and stock, in one of the biggest mergers since the onset of the financial crisis. The deal will dramatically bolster AT&T's footprint in the country, adding an additional 46.5 million customers.

Read More:
http://dealbook.nytimes.com/2011/03/20/att-to-buy-t-mobile-usa-for-39-billion/?emc=na

As a long time T-Mobile user I am kind of thrilled even though I moved to T-Mobile from Cingular (that evolved to AT&T). My purely speculative thoughts:

  • Coverage should get better. i have no complaints now – of course they could get worse too from what I have heard of AT &T call dropping but let’s be optimistic
  • Choice of phones will get better – Apple fans on T-Mobile could get the iPhone now, AT&T android fans will have other new phones to choose from
  • International travelers hopefully will get a wider choice ( this is purely speculative)

What I am apprehensive of is Customer Service. T-Mobile had excellent customer service and I hope that becomes a standard on AT&T. Anyway change is always good and I am looking forward to learning more.

If you read the press release from AT &T :

“AT&T and T-Mobile USA customers will see service improvements - including improved voice quality - as a result of additional spectrum, increased cell tower density and broader network infrastructure. At closing, AT&T will immediately gain cell sites equivalent to what would have taken on average five years to build without the transaction, and double that in some markets.  The combination will increase AT&T’s network density by approximately 30 percent in some of its most populated areas, while avoiding the need to construct additional cell towers. This transaction will increase spectrum efficiency to increase capacity and output, which not only improves service, but is also the best way to ensure competitive prices and services in a market where demand is extremely high and spectrum is in short supply”

I am a T-Mobile customer.  What will change for me?

  • This transaction itself will not have any impact on existing customers because until all regulatory approvals are obtained, the companies must continue to operate independently.  We anticipate the transaction will take approximately 12 months to close.
  • Once the transaction closes, T-Mobile customers will gain access to the benefits of AT&T’s network:
    • The nation’s fastest mobile broadband network getting faster with 4G speeds.
    • Access to an ever-expanding 4G LTE network
    • Broad portfolio of popular devices, including smartphones and tablets
    • Expanded free mobile-to-mobile calling (more than 100 million customers)
    • Access to 24,000+ Wi-Fi hotspots at no charge as a smartphone customer

For more information on the transaction, including background information and factsheets, visit www.MobilizeEverything.com.

Thursday, March 17, 2011

Affiliate Summit to organize - Free, Local Meetups in the U.S. for Affiliate Marketers

The Affiliate Summit conferences provide unmatched networking opportunities for affiliate marketers, as well as expert speakers, but the events only take place twice a year.

This past January in Las Vegas, over 4,600 affiliate marketers got together to learn, network, and take control of their careers at Affiliate Summit West 2011.

Affiliate Summit East 2011 is taking place August 21-23, 2011 in New York City.

Since business doesn’t stop in between the conferences, Affiliate Summit is starting up a series of monthly affiliate marketing meetups in Austin, Chicago, New York City, Orlando, and San Francisco.

More details soon on the Affiliate Summit blog athttp://www.affiliatesummit.com/blog

The local affiliate marketing meetups will be overseen by best-selling author, long-time affiliate marketer and Affiliate Summit emcee, Jim Kukral, who will be the new Affiliate Summit Ambassador.

 

Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Richmond Family needs help tracing daughter Taylor Anderson missing in Ishinomaki,Japan

@shashib any contacts in japan? Taylor Anderson 24/f #RVA teacher in Ishinomaki Japan. She is still missing. Family looking for any infoless than a minute ago via ÜberSocial



The world is very small and distances no longer matter, the damage in Japan hit closer home as I heard from my Richmond friends that the family of Taylor Anderson needs help. Taylor Anderson is a young American teacher working in Ishinomaki, japan as part of an exchange program and has not been in touch with her family since the earthquake.  Her family is anxiously looking for help finding any information about Taylor Anderson. Please help


Add info to the Google Person Finder by clicking on the “ I have information about someone”



You can also access the People Finder using this QR code.

Other information and links at http://www.google.com/crisisresponse/japanquake2011.html
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Sunday, March 13, 2011

SXSW Samsung TecHSet Blogger Lounge #samsungsxsw

SXSW 2011

One of the highlights of the SXSW conference is meeting old friends , making new ones and also meeting folks you know online and have never met before. The best place for this is the TechSet Blogger Lounge sponsored by Samsung.
SXSW 2011

Today I was thereat the Samsung Blogger lounge for a short while and met a lot of friends. Was great to meet Andy Sernovitz for the first time IRL here. Guy Kawasaki signed his new book 'Enchanted" and it was a beehive of activity for most part of the day amd several goodies.
SXSW 2011

If you have registered for this I hope we will be able to meet there during SXSW 2011.SXSW 2011
#140conf Small Biz Brunch at SXSW - Tomorrow at 11 a.m Stubbs http://bit.ly/hsoHok Hope to see you there
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Saturday, March 05, 2011

The @SunQueen comes to town - #ourrev Meetup at Capitol Brewery 2 Mass Ave

Ja-Naé Duane (http://ja-nae.net/blog/) is the author of How to Start Your Business with $100 and was in DC hit evening March 5th 2011 as part of the "Our Revolution Road Trip." (ourrevolutions.co) "an interactive transmedia project that will empower each and every one of us to help facilitate change in some way, no matter how small."

It was great to meet Ja-Naé Duane (@thesunqueen) Stuart Tracte (@stwo) Scott Zumwalt (@szumwalt) Topher Ziobro @imtopher and @brunchgirl Claudia Holwill (Be sure to check out her blogs brunchandthecity.com & TheHillisHome.com) among others.

Good luck to the 'Our Revolution" roadtrip team Follow the tour with the hashtag #ourrev 
and their live stream http://www.ustream.tv/channel/7262269
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Wednesday, March 02, 2011

Affiliate Summit to organize - Free, Local Meetups in the U.S. for Affiliate Marketers

The Affiliate Summit conferences provide unmatched networking opportunities for affiliate marketers, as well as expert speakers, but the events only take place twice a year.

This past January in Las Vegas, over 4,600 affiliate marketers got together to learn, network, and take control of their careers at Affiliate Summit West 2011.

Affiliate Summit East 2011 is taking place August 21-23, 2011 in New York City.

Since business doesn’t stop in between the conferences, Affiliate Summit is starting up a series of monthly affiliate marketing meetups in Austin, Chicago, New York City, Orlando, and San Francisco.

More details soon on the Affiliate Summit blog athttp://www.affiliatesummit.com/blog

The local affiliate marketing meetups will be overseen by best-selling author, long-time affiliate marketer and Affiliate Summit emcee, Jim Kukral, who will be the new Affiliate Summit Ambassador.

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