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  • drdianehamilton 12:34 pm on November 26, 2016 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: Blueskying, Brogrammer, Co-Working, Customer Service Assoiate, Demo Day, DevOps, , , , Freemium, Green Meadow, Growth Hacker, Hockey Stick, MVP, Next Level, Ninja, PEBCAK, Prezi, Pufferfish, Slack, Space, , Subprime Unicorn   

    Entrepreneur Startup Terminology 

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    Entrepreneurs have created their own vocabulary.  The Wall Street Journal recently posted some important terms that every startup professional should know:

    Accelerator:  A program that helps young startups refine their product and pitch themselves to investors, in exchange for a cut of equity. Example incubators include Y Combinator or Techstars.

    Blueskying:  Making optimistic promises, particularly to investors.

    Brogrammer:  Stereotypically, software developers come in two types:  nerds and brogrammers.  The former are usually introverted, while the latter are loud and outgoing.

    Co-Working:  Working out of a shared office space with other cash-strapped startups, on a per-seat basis, typically with free coffee, kitchens and pint pong tables.  Companies rent desks or small workspaces to startups with large offices.

    Customer Success Associate:  A customer-service rep. at a startup.

    Demo Day:  The day when an incubator’s companies pitch to potential venture-capital investors.

    DevOps:  A DevOps engineer is a software developer who works with both the software-development and the operations teams at a company as they write, test, and roll out software.

    Freemium:  The free version of an app that also has a better, paid version.

    Green Meadow:  A market where no competitors exist.

    Growth Hacker:  Someone who thinks of clever ways for the company to grow.

    Hockey Stick:  A graph showing rapid adoption of a startup’s product.

    MVP:  The first commercially viable version of a software product. As in “Minimum viable product” Releasing an MVP sets the clock ticking, because investors and customers expect a better, bug-free version soon.

    Next Level:  The ultimate in startup compliments. This generation’s version of “far out” “switched on” or “rad”.

    Ninja:  A term of praise for a person’s skill.

    PEBCAK:  An acronym for “problems emerge between chair and keyboard” – a sardonic programmer term for what happens when users are too dumb to use software correctly.

    Prezi An app that creates digital slide presentations.

    Pufferfish:  Making a startup seem larger than it is. Among other tricks, startups have been known to decorate empty desks and to create elaborate voice-mail systems to make it seem like more people work there.

    Slack:  A team-measuring app popular with startups. Also, a verb meaning to message someone using the Slack app.

    Space:  The area of an industry where a company competes. For example:  That startup plays in the food tech space.

    Subprime Unicorn:  A company formerly valued at more than a billion dollars, now fallen on hard times.  Many companies that were once highly prized by investors are now worth much less, or are rumored to be so.

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  • drdianehamilton 4:25 pm on June 21, 2011 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , , Information overload, , , , Presentation program, Prezi,   

    Prezi Presentation about Education That Blows PowerPoint Out of the Water 

    Prezi is a presentation software similar to Powerpoint.  Check out this very interesting use of Prezi “Future Proof Your Education” from Maria Andersen where she explains “How do you prepare for uncertain career paths where technical knowledge doubles every two years? You pay attention to the skills that surround the content: Interact, Flex, Learn, Explain, Analyze, and Focus.”

    Andersen does a nice job of incorporating the “Did You Know?” video into her presentation while showing how to utilize Prezi to its fullest.  Click on the presentation below to find out more about choices and how knowledge and skills can affect career paths.   Particularly fun is the “Little Billy” video showing what happened to Billy and others when they entered the workforce and experienced information overload syndrome.

    If you have ever wondered how to make the most out of using Prezi, this presentation can show how to do this.

     
     
  • drdianehamilton 5:06 pm on November 7, 2010 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , , , , , , , , , , Prezi, ,   

    Top 10 Ways to Find a Job or Have a Job Find You 

    With the current job market, people are looking for unusual ways to stand out in the crowd.  I recently gave a presentation at a local university where I explained the job searching tips I discuss in this article.  To see that actual live presentation, click here.

    If you are not utilizing some of the following ways to showcase your talents to prospective employers, you may be missing the boat.  Here is my top 10 list of things you need to be doing if you are looking for a job.

    1.  Research Top Career Sites like Monster, CareerBuilder, etc. Look for sites specific to the industry in which you want to work.  For example, there are pharmaceutical-specific sites like Medzilla or higher educational-specific sites like HigheredJobs.  Update your information with each of these sites and set up searches so that jobs are sent to you as they become available.  

    2.  Utilize Camtasia and PowerPoint to showcase your abilities.  If you know how to create a PowerPoint presentation, then it can be quite simple to use a software package like Camtasia to have voice-over capabilities to make your presentation have more depth.  These presentations can be showcased on many different sites including your blog or website if you have one.  One of the best places to showcase your talents with the final presentation product is through Youtube. For an example of one I’ve made, click here.

    3.  Utilize Youtube to present “you” as a viable product.  If you have created a video or a Camtasia/PowerPoint presentation mentioned previously, Youtube is the place to upload it for maximum exposure.  If you have a skill that is visual such as ability to work in Photoshop, you can create print screens of your work and incorporate them into your presentations. 

    4.  Google Docs is very much like PowerPoint but it can be seen by people on the Internet as well as be imported into your Linkedin Profile. To see an example of one I have created, click here.

    5.  Prezi is also similar to PowerPoint in that it is presentation software.  The big difference is how it displays your information. This web-based program can show things in a non-linear fashion.  If you haven’t had a chance to view a Prezi presentation, check one out by clicking here.

    6.  Blogging is a great way to get your presence known on the Internet.  Sites like WordPress are free and easy to set up.  You can link your blog to several other networking sites to capture the attention of those on Facebook, Twitter and many more sites.

    7.  LinkedIn is probably one of the best sites you can use to get exposure to people and showcase your talents.  Utilize their Q&A area to become an expert.  Sign up for groups to meet others that could hook you up with opportunities.  Import your Google Docs, WordPress blogs and other information to showcase your abilities.  Tie your status line into Twitter to get more exposure.

    8.  Facebook is also an important place to network. You can create a professional page for your work or display your products that you are promoting. 

    9.  Twitter can also be a useful way to have others learn about what you are doing professionally.  Be sure you tie in your other sites links to Twitter.  Use programs like bit.ly to shorter any web addresses to fit your message on Twitter.

    10. Old Fashioned Networking is still important.  Always have your business card with you.  Talk to everyone you know and talk to people you don’t know.  If you are sitting by someone on an airplane or standing in line to buy something, you just might find that the person you meet has connections.  Have your business card ready!

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  • drdianehamilton 1:14 pm on November 5, 2010 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , , , , , Prezi, , Web application   

    What is Prezi? How Does it Compare to Powerpoint 

    I use Powerpoint on occasion.  In fact, I used it for a presentation last night.  However, there is another program out there that could give Powerpoint a run for its money.  If you haven’t seen Prezi yet, I highly recommend checking it out. 

    Prezi differs from Powerpoint in that it is a web-based program that allows you to create more of a canvas presentation instead of a sequential slide presentation. Think non-linear. It allows you to incorporate not only text and pictures, but videos and other presentation objects.  You can create your presentation online and then download the final product so that you don’t require an internet connection to display the presentation.

    Students and professors can get this application for free.

     
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