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Crunchies Awards -Thursday, February 5, 2015

TechCrunch kicks off 2015 with the 8th Annual Crunchies Awards, the annual competition and award ceremony to recognize and celebrate the most compelling startups, internet and technology innovations of the year.

Nominations open in November and stay open for a month…. nomimations have closed.  Take a look at last years winners (bottom of page), and dream on…. get ready to nominate your fave for next year. We do have a BIG Voice in these awards.

The Crunchies are hosted by TechCrunch and VentureBeat. Best of all, the internet community is invited to choose who wins. Nominations are now closed but stay tuned as nominees will be announced early January 2015.


Photo Credit: Orange Photography

The Crunchies Awards will take place on Thursday, February 5, 2015 at Davies Symphony Hall in San Francisco with the ceremony beginning at 7:30 pm. It’s an elegant venue that has hosted some of the greatest musical performances in history, just the type of setting to host the most influential technology awards ceremony. Crunchies General Admission tickets will be released this later fall.

Following the Crunchies Awards, the Davies will provide a festive playground for this year’s after party. As always there will be a hosted bar, hors d’oeuvres, intriguing interactive entertainment and other fun surprises.

The after party begins immediately following the ceremony at 9:00 pm until 11:30 pm. Admission to the party is included with a purchase of a Crunchies Awards ticket.

Davies Symphony Hall
201 Van Ness Avenue
San Francisco, CA 94102

Davies Symphony Hall is located in the landmark War Memorial and Performing Arts Center in San Francisco’s Civic Center district.

List of Categories and most recent winners:

Best Technology Achievement (2013: bitcoin)
Best On-Demand Service (2013: Airbnb)
Best E-Commerce Application (2013: Wanelo)
Best Mobile Application (2013: Snapchat)
Fastest Rising Startup (2013: Upworthy)
Best Health Startup (2013: One Medical)
Best Design (2013: Pencil by FiftyThree)
Best Bootstrapped Startup (2013: Imgur)
Best Enterprise Startup (2013: Zendesk)
Best International Startup (2013: Waze)
Best Education Startup (2013: Duolingo)
Best Hardware Startup (2013: Oculus VR)
Can’t Stop, Won’t Stop (2013: Candy Crush Saga)
Biggest Social Impact (2013: Edward Snowden’s NSA Revelations)
Angel of the Year (2013: Chris Sacca)
VC of the Year (2013: Peter Fenton, Benchmark)
Founder of the Year (2013: Arash Ferdowsi & Drew Houston, Dropbox)
CEO of the Year (2013: Dick Costolo, Twitter)
Best New Startup of 2014 (2013: Tinder)
Best Overall Startup of 2014 (2013: Kickstarter)

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Descriptive Words

Running out of Descriptive Words?!? NOW is a great time to recognize a team member, hard worker, or a person that lends a hand!

Sometimes the perfect word is on the “tip of your tongue”, here is a helpful list from four basic categories and some questions the answer when working on recognition:

  • What is the task that was completed or what problem was solved?
  • What kind of customer service was part of the activity?
  • Is this team member showing leadership or innovation skills to solve the issues they face?
Describe the Task Service-Oriented Describe Leadership Include Innovation
Timely Follow-up Empowering Best practice
Researches Customer-focus Goal oriented Original
Careful Exemplary Role model New path
Add value Stunning Considerate Change
Delivers on time Knowledgeable Communicative Revolutionize
Clarify Problem solver Caring Transform
Reduce time needed One-stop Acknowledged Update
Streamline In the loop Concise Lead the way
Consolidate Focused Supportive Develop new method
Ask questions Pleasant Team focus Extra mile
Above standards Exceed expectations Responsive Raise the bar
Review Well informed Accommodating Not typical
Develop process Conversant Encouraging Receptive to new ways
Analysis Ideal Alert Creative
Scrutiny Pursue Advocate Over the top
Faster than expected Resolution Carefully listened Improved
Looked at all issues Discuss alternatives Collaborate Updated
Assess Ideal Promote Modernize
Vigilant Valuable Diversity focused Renewable

Describing a co-worker’s excellent efforts can be difficult, but here are some more words that might help start sentences or begin additional descriptions.

It takes time to add descriptions and details, it makes Recognition so much more meaningful.

Friends at Work

We have known this for a long time, employees that have friends at work, are more engaged and are more likely to say they love their company.

Of those that said they have several friends at work:

  • 64% said they loved their company (compared to only 24% said they love their company – but didn’t have friends at work)
  • Add that 48% of those with work friends feel highly engaged (compared to 28% feeling highly engaged, with no friends at work)

from FAST FACT, “Employees Thrive on Work Friendships”

Thanks Wells Fargo!

It feels great to work for a company that cares about where we live and work.  Many companies have outreach programs for communities, I can imagine, that those employees feel proud of their company sponsorship too!

Several of us read to elementary kids, we get time off to do this, and it is so rewarding to join in school activities. I’ve been reading to John F. Kennedy Elementary school in Daly City. Everyone that is volunteering in the Reading First program is at a different school or day care. It is wonderful to see my kindergartner’s faces as they listen to the story. They are loving it! We talk about how fun it is at work, it makes me feel involved and grateful. Anyone at Wells Fargo can apply for the 10 free books, and go read them to a school of their choice. Then, best of all, we give the books to the school library to keep. This is fun!

And here is more good news:

Following are the list of the forty-three schools in Wells Fargo’s Peninsula area, which received $1,000 grants as part of the Community Connection Grant Program:
Carlmont High School – Belmont
Brisbane Elementary School – Brisbane
Franklin Elementary School - Burlingame
McKinley Elementary School – Burlingame
C.B. Elementary School - Cupertino
Marjorie Tobias Elementary School - Daly City
Panorama Elementary - Daly City
Caser Chavez Academy - East Palo Alto
East Palo Alto Charter School - East Palo Alto
Audubon Elementary - Foster City
Cunha Intermediate School - Half Moon Bay
Almond Elementary School - Los Altos
Los Altos High School - Los Altos
La Entrada Middle School - Menlo Park
Oak Knoll Elementary School - Menlo Park
Mills High School - Millbrae
Benjamin Bubb Elementary School - Mountain View
Mariano Castro Elementary School – Mountain View
Mountain View High School - Mountain View
Springer Elementary School - Mountain View
Stevenson Elementary - Mountain View
Terra Nova High School - Pacifica
Barron Park Elementary - Palo Alto
Willow Oaks Elementary School - Palo Alto
Adelante Spanish Immersion School - Redwood City
John F. Kennedy Middle School - Redwood City
Sequoia High School - Redwood City
Taft Elementary School - Redwood City
Allen Elementary School - San Bruno
Tierra Linda Middle School - San Carlos
Borel Middle School - San Mateo
Meadows Elementary School - San Mateo
Meadow Heights Elementary - San Mateo
San Mateo County Special Education - San Mateo
El Camino High School - South San Francisco
Martin Elementary School - South San Francisco
Braly Elementary School - Sunnyvale
Cherry Chase School - Sunnyvale
Columbia Middle School - Sunnyvale
Fremont High School - Sunnyvale
Sunnyvale Middle School - Sunnyvale
Woodside Elementary - Woodside
Woodside High School - Woodside

End of Another Great Year! December Days!


1  National Pie Day and Eat a Red Apple Day
2  National Fritters Day
3 Galileo invents the telescope in 1621
4  Wear Brown Shoes Day and National Cookie Day
5   Happy Birthday to Walt Disney, American animated film producer (1901 – 1966)
6   Happy Birthday to Dave Brubeck, American pianist and composer (1920)
7  National Cotton Candy Day
8 Beatles “Magical Mystery Tour” album is released in UK in the year 1967
9  National Pastry Day
10 10,000,000th model T Ford assembled in 1915
11 In 1975, 1st class postage rises from 10 cents to 13 cents
12  Happy Birthday to Cathy Rigby, American gymnast and actress (1952)
13  National Cocoa Day
16  National Chocolate Covered Anything Day
19  National Oatmeal Muffin Day
20  Games Day
21 Winter Solstice
22  In 1964,The first test flight of the SR-71 “Blackbird” took place at Air Force Plant 42 in Palmdale, Calif.
23 Night of the Radishes (Oaxaca, Mexico)
24  National Egg Nog Day
25  Christmas & National Pumpkin Pie Day
26  National Candy Cane Day
28  National Chocolate Day
31 New Year’s Eve

December 31 marks the end of 4th Quarter.

Dec 2012 calendar

AND there are monthly fun celebrations for December, many charities and organizations have a special month.

November Days to Remember are here! 

January Days to Remember are here! 

Web Strategy by Jeremiah

Funding Comparison: Social Networks vs Collaborative Economy

Social networks were the first phase of digital P2P. They enabled anyone to create media and then share it. The Collaborative Economy is the second phase. It enables anyone to create goods and share what they already own. So, how similar or different are the funding amounts for these two movements? This post provides some insight.

There are many ways to compare industries. I’ve conducted analysis on: adoption rates, attitudes, growth rates, and, in tech-heavy industry, funding rates. While investors have often known to be wrong, funding indicates bullish attitudes based on financial analysis and gut reaction to new markets. It’s a metric we must analyze.

If you want to see the full perspective of funding, advance to the Google Sheet of Collaborative Economy funding. Please note that there are multiple tabs.

To produce this comparison, we gathered publicly available information about consumer-facing, popular social networks, like Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn (and 17 others) to find out how much money a mature market, complete with winners, losers, and IPOs, has been funded. Next, we gathered public data about funding in the Collaborative Economy (Uber, Airbnb, Indiegogo, and hundreds others) to see what we could find.

A few analysis notes:

  • Popular social networks are reported to have been funded by $5.4 billion over the last decade. Mostly “consumer” Collaborative Economy startups that enable the sharing of goods, services, food, money and vehicles, have been funded $6.8 billion
  • If you compared, percentage wise, the Collaborative Economy has been funded 26% more than popular social networks.
  • This isn’t an apples-to-oranges comparison: There are few fewer social networks (we looked at 20) than Collaborative Economy startups (we tabled 497). There is no public data for many social networks that died by the wayside lack.
  • Often, funding in early stages is not reported, so it’s impossible to ever truly know what the total funding amount for many companies. Early seed and angel rounds aren’t typically reported.
  • While social networks aren’t likely to be funded significantly greater, I expect that many Collaborative Economy startups are going to receive significantly more funding.
  • I didn’t tally up enterprise social business software funding (community platforms, social media management systems) as there isn’t comparable software for the Collaborative Economy …yet.

This doesn’t mean that all Collaborative Economy startups will succeed. Markets often only have room for three players – not like the dozens of transportation players currently available. It could also mean that Collaborative Economy companies need to be more resource-intensive to lift off the ground. It certainly means that investors, many who funded social networks, are also bullish on this next phase of P2P sharing.

‘staches and Movember

Are you wondering about the mustaches turning up, and growing on so many men. The paper versions turn up on women too!

Just like the Wear Pink in October, the mustaches are  telling an important story and helping to get more awareness for MENS HEALTH issues.

Take a look at the Well Fargo Story, listen to the video and to have some fun with classes, at work or in teaching your children – you can print the PDF of the moustaches to cut out and wear – along with the history of five famous men that wore them. Fun and History combined. You’ll enjoy this story but most of all – the message is a serious one – let’s all be aware of men’s health issues, screening, symptoms, next steps. Click here for more info!

Watch the video above celebrating the moustaches of five Wells Fargo legends and use the moustache cutouts toRemember Movember,” which supports the foundation’s focus on prostate cancer, testicular cancer, and mental health.

“The ’staches we grow are designed to spark conversation and awareness and help Movember change the face of men’s health,” says Dan Stockenberg of Wells Fargo Advisors. He’s captain of a Movember team taking part in the campaign.


Honoring our Military & our Veterans

I write about Veterans and honoring our military service personnel often…. yes, and it is easy to see why. These soldiers put everything on the line, they work every day to make our country strong and safe. There is no “Day Off” for what they do.  Our Service people are just like you and me –  - but what they do and learn is hard to even comprehend. They suffer for it sometimes with PTSD or exhaustion, missing family and being far away. This is more than a job, it is a calling. Let’s honor our active duty Service Military, our Veterans and our Emergency Workers.

** Don’t know what to say to a person in uniform? “Thanks for Serving” works just fine.

There are Veterans in your workplace, in your community and in your life. It is easy to say THANK YOU. November 11 is Veterans Day in the USA and several other countries.

Articles on our Veterans — please take a look. 

Coming Home link. These are joyous videos of our soldiers returning home.  that families have shared. You’ll cry, you’ll laugh, they are all different. They all make  me want to hug my son.


Domestic Violence Awareness Month

October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month, this is a time to learn more: domestic violence affects all incomes and cultures. It is often a silent and shame-filled situation that affects families and injured partners throughout their lives and also their children. Learning more is the first step, and understanding the potential signs of domestic violence and how to spot them in the workplace.

National Domestic Violence Hotline. This resource is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week, 800-799-SAFE (7233). Shelters are available in most communities and counseling helps break the abuse cycle.

Each year more than 10 million women and men are subjected to physical violence by a domestic partner. In fact, one in three women and one in four men will experience abuse sometime over the course of their lifetimes. According to the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence, intimate partner violence accounts for 15 percent of all violent crime.

Unsurprisingly, the children in these homes also suffer — every year 3 million children witness physical violence in their homes; 30 to 60 percent of these children also suffer abuse or neglect.