Fred Dawkins is a serial entrepreneur with over 40 years experience and achievements in manufacturing, retail, land development, consulting and import/export. He holds a B Com in commerce and finance and a M.A. in economics from the University of Toronto. Everyday Entrepreneur is the first book in Dawkins’ Entrepreneurial Edge series, and is currently available at all booksellers, including Amazon.com, Amazon.ca, Barnes & Noble and Chapters Indigo. His novel, 2020 Hindsight, explores major contradictory trends in society in a compelling contemporary fiction narrative, and is forthcoming as an e-book on Amazon.com.
The idea of membership is not new. Churches, social clubs, professional associations, insurance companies and book clubs have long used membership as a means of building loyalty and connection among the people affiliated with their organizations. The membership model makes sense to both to organizations and individuals. Executives and investors like the model because it reduces uncertainty in their revenue streams. When done correctly, memberships appeal to customers too. They appreciate the stability and convenience of the relationship, and are also able to fulfill the human need to belong and to connect with others.
The advent of the consumer internet, social networks and mobile devices have dramatically enhanced the ability of a broad range of industries to rethink their business models, introducing ideas of sharing, subscribing and connecting in surprising new ways. Join Membership guru Robbie Kellman Baxter to explore how companies like Airbnb, RelayRides and Bag, Borrow or Steal as well as blue chips like Netflix, Facebook and Apple are moving from ownership to access and from customer transactions to member relationships.
We’ll dig into the technology behind the apps, industries most affective and opportunities for entrepreneurs to ride this wave into the future. Don’t miss this exciting interview!
Robbie Kellman Baxter is a sought after consultant and speaker with over fifteen years of experience advising fast growth companies in Silicon Valley—from Netflix, Oracle, and Yahoo!, to dozens of successful venture-backed startups. She has been advising businesses with subscription-based business models and driving substantial and consistent results for over a decade. Robbie frequently appears in major media outlets, including the Wall Street Journal, USA Today, the San Francisco Chronical and CNN.com. An expert on subscriptions, sharing and loyalty, as well as innovative business models in general, Robbie is currently working on a book for McGraw-Hill, entitled The Membership Economy.
Maybe you have heard of net neutrality, but you don’t know what it means. Earlier this month there was a landmark court case by the DC Circuit striking down net neutrality. The case was brought by Verizon against the Federal Communications Commission. Though the FCC lost, many see it as a win. For cable, telco and internet companies, it may be a loss. Tune in to hear why.
American Roslyn Layton is a Ph.D. Fellow in Internet Economics, Center for Communication, Media and Information Studies at Aalborg University in Copenhagen, Denmark. She is earning her PhD in net neutrality. Before entering academy, she worked in the software industry in Silicon Valley, India and Europe. She is also a Vice-President of Strand Consult, an independent consultancy for mobile operators around the world. She is also a Visiting Fellow at the Center for Communications, Information and Technology at the American Enterprise Institute in Washington DC. More information http://roslynlayton.com/about/
The challenges for large organizations to be social at global scale are nothing like those facing small and medium businesses. Join us as we chat with Jeremy Epstein, VP of Marketing at Sprinklr (www.sprinklr.com), which provides the Social Relationship Infrastructure for some of the world’s largest, most social brands including Microsoft, Intel, Dell, Cisco, Virgin America, Hearst Digital, 800 Flowers, among nearly 400 others.
Prior to joining Sprinklr in February 2012, Jeremy was the Founder/CEO of Never Stop Marketing, an international consulting firm which served F50 clients such as Johnson & Johnson and Microsoft. Jeremy served as the lead instructor for Microsoft’s global Digital and Social Marketing training programs. He has spoken in 17 different countries and worked in Frankfurt and Tokyo. Jeremy has a B.A. in History and a double minor in Economics & German from Johns Hopkins University and studied International Relations and Marketing in Germany and Japan.
Generation C – who they are, their impact on business – is today’s topic; and one that has resonated with many of our guest’s clients and colleagues in recent speaking engagements.
Phoebe Carson is President and CEO of VM Associates. She is a senior executive that has worked throughout her career to develop and implement technology-based products and services. Her focus has, and continues to be, helping organizations and users use technology tools to enhance operations, and fully realize the potential of their investment. She has led initiatives that transformed operations in real estate, financial services, and medical benefit enrollments, among other industries, for companies such as Planning Research Corp (now Litton), Freddie Mac, and Ebix. Ms. Carson holds a MBA from the University of Maryland, and a BA from Vassar College; she serves on several Boards.
IMI Tech Talk covers the “Deep Web” and why Washington, other governments, and some businesses are scared of it. Learn about what the Deep Web is, how it’s accessed, what can be found there, and why politicians are scrambling to keep up. Separate fact from fiction over things like the Silk Road, Bitcoin and other virtual currencies, and how the Deep Web is used by advocates of voluntaryism and free speech as well.
Thomas J. Quinlan has 13 years professional experience with technology, with extensive experience in network and application security, electronic discovery, and digital forensics. He has held positions at several technology companies, in charge of network and application security for some of the internet’s largest on-line applications, as well as leadership of large scale eDiscovery projects, and digital forensic investigations . He is certified in Computer Security (CISSP), Computer Forensics (EnCE), as well as Malware Reverse Engineering (GREM). He also serves as a member of the Editorial Advisory Panel for Linux Journal.
Get the New Year started right with some Technology Resolution suggestions from Matthew Edgar.
Matthew Edgar is the owner of QW Consulting (at http://www.qwconsulting.com). Matthew helps companies grow their business by strengthening the technical aspects of their website and their entire online presence. Through this work, he has helped companies large and small achieve real, long-term success. You can reach Matthew at firstname.lastname@example.org.
What do Electric Vehicles have to offer us? What is the technology behind it? James Bell answer’s all of Tom’s questions this week on IMI’s Tech Talk.
With over 16 years of experience, James Bell is a nationally recognized and authoritative resource within the automotive industry. During his tenure, James has diligently analyzed and effectively communicated automotive data and research to multiple constituencies, including the national and international media, automotive manufacturers, dealers, and the every-day car shopper. In addition, he has been featured on national television news shows on CNN, Fox News, CBS, NBC, national and local talk radio, as well as within the pages of both respected newspapers and automotive trade publications.