What Makes a Great Growthinker? (Kudos Jonathan Gomez!)

Nice kudos to Jonathan Gomez for suggesting this great Monday morning meeting question - "What Makes a Great Growthinker?"  Here were some of the answers the LA Team shared:

"Be Quick but Don't Hurry"

"Patience and Persistence"

"Client Focus"

"Care"

"Execution"

"Curiosity"

"Attention to Detail"

Many of these are included and expressed in our values, our client promises, and our company culture as expressed on our website, but is a great reminder as we start our week to share them in our own words.

Great Work by Maria Williams of the Growthink Market Research team!

"What else can I say but, WOW! I am absolutely blown away by what was compiled for my market research, impressed I mean. How could I have EVER produced such a compilation? Not easily I can assure you, and now that you have completed it, and with only a brief perusal I can see the depth and clarity of the information. I suspect you have some pretty nifty computing power, but how it was done is irrelevant, I cannot thank you all enough. Very fine work!

A very grateful start-up owner, 

Patrick Minns

Solar Tech DIY, Inc"

Aaron Levie Honored at Silicon Beach at USC Event



Aaron Levie, co-founder and CEO of enterprise close company Box, was honored yesterday as the USC Alumni Entrepreneur of the Year. The Lloyd Greif Center for Entrepreneurial Studies, part of USC's Marshall School of Business, hosted the event, which was attended by over 500 entrepreneurs, investors, service providers, and students.

Levie spoke for about an hour, then took questions from students in the audience. He was funny and engaging and offered up a superb gem of wisdom when he said Box really started to grow once they adopted a mindset of "Constant, relentless execution mode."


Now in its third year, the event featured break out panels on diverse topics for entrepreneurs such as:
  • Business models and business plans
  • Apps and the growth of mobile phones
  • Legal advice and structures
  • Marketing
  • Cryptocurrency (such as BitCoin)
  • Generating revenue
$50,000 in prize money was also given away in the finals of the Venture Competition. Each team gave an eight minute presentation followed by five minutes of Q&A from four judges, including Lloyd Greif. The winners were:

1st prize, $25,000 to LeadBoost
2nd prize, $15,000 to StatisLabs
3rd prize, $10,000 to Movn​
 

Client Success - Studiovox Signs Partnership with Sundance Group

StudioVox Partners With Sundance Cinemas to Expand Opportunities for Creatives With New Professional Network

StudioVox

LOS ANGELES, CA--(Marketwired - Oct 8, 2014) -StudioVox, a Los Angeles-based online network for creative professionals offering a platform for visual artists, photographers, interior designers, performers, filmmakers, musicians and other artists to network with likeminded colleagues, agents, companies and fans, announces its partnership with Sundance Cinemas Galleries, of Robert Redford's Sundance Group. StudioVox serves as the submission and curation platform for artwork to be exhibited at Sundance Cinemas' fine art galleries in West Hollywood, San Francisco, Seattle, Houston and Madison, Wis.

Unlike LinkedIn and traditional social media sites,StudioVox fills the gap as a credible site for showcasing creative talent, connecting and collaborating with others, finding work, building teams and hiring talent. StudioVox allows creatives to promote themselves by creating a comprehensive profile with which they can share their portfolios and work.

"Our partnership with Sundance mirrors our purpose. It offers our community of artists a chance to be seen and have their art recognized by a brand built on creating opportunities for new voices in the arts to be heard, as well as its continuing commitment to quality in the arts," says StudioVox CEO and Co-Founder Amanda Slingerland.

StudioVox' platform offers instant promotion and exposure, with the additional abilities to schedule and invite people to events and house personal blogs, as well as soon-to-be-added capabilities that will streamline the ability for users to push their StudioVox content out to Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn profiles and sell art, music and merchandise directly from the site.

"Our new relationship with StudioVox is a gift. It's a gift to us, as we are now able to draw upon their fantastic connections in the art world, and a gift to the artists, as not only will they have shows at Sundance Cinemas, but StudioVox will be enhancing the way the shows are marketed, thusly giving the artists much deserved acknowledgement," says Nancy Klasky Gribler, Executive Vice President of Marketing, Sundance Cinemas.

The partnership is being celebrated with a private party at Sundance Cinemas in West Hollywood on Oct. 9, where StudioVox artist and Los Angeles-based abstract painter Lori Dorn's artwork is exhibited through November.

To submit your artwork for consideration for exhibition at the Sundance Cinemas Galleries, peruse artists' portfolios and creative works, or look for talent, visit StudioVox.com.

Source: See articles on StudioVoxMarket Wired or Yahoo Finance.


Teens are officially over Facebook


(Paul Walsh/Flickr)

By Caitlin Dewey

Since children are the future, and no one over 21 really knows what they find “cool” (do the kids even say cool these days…?), researchers have devoted many, many surveys to the exact quantification of what it is #teens do online.

In May 2013, they were fleeing Facebook’s “drama.” A year later, they flocked back to the network like lil’ lost sheep.

Now, a pretty dramatic new report out from Piper Jaffray — an investment bank with a sizable research arm — rules that the kids are over Facebook once and for all, having fled Mark Zuckerberg’s parent-flooded shores for the more forgiving embraces of Twitter and Instagram. Between fall 2014 and spring 2014, when Piper Jaffray last conducted this survey, Facebook use among teenagers aged 13 to 19 plummeted from 72 percent to 45 percent. In other words, less than half of the teenagers surveyed said “yes” when asked if they use Facebook. (A note: There’s no spring data available for the “no networks” option, which is why that spot is blank.)

Surveys of this type are, of course, a dime a dozen, and teen whims are as volatile as Twitter’s trending hashtags. That said, Piper Jaffray’s research is pretty thorough: It surveyed a national group of 7,200 students and accounted for variables like gender and household income.

Among the survey’s other findings: Kids love Apple products above any other consumer tech brand, though only a sliver — 16 percent — were interested in the iWatch. They overwhelmingly predicted that, by 2019, they’d watch all their movies on Netflix. They’re cooling on Pandora radio, which has seen a host of streaming apps and other competitors crop up in the past five years.

Alas, none of this helps explain why teens like the things they do, a question as old and impenetrable as time. Both research and anecdote would suggest, of course, that it has something to do with the presence of adults on the site, as well as the typically high-school plagues of oversharing and in-fighting. The recent rise of anonymous social apps — things like Whisper and Yik Yak, which is dominated by college students — would also seem to suggest a youthful wish to escape the confines and responsibilities of a fixed online identity. (Facebook certainly seems to worry that’s the case: On Tuesday the New York Times reported that the Web site was working on an anonymous, stand-alone messaging app of its own.)

That should perhaps worry parents, of both the helicopter and cool-Dad variety: You can’t really interact with — or “check up on” — your kids on Whisper the way you do on ye olde FB. (Whisper users don’t have friends and go on under pseudonymous usernames, which, arguably, is the app’s main draw.)

Facebook needn’t panic, though. Even if it’s namesake platform is now totally passe, the kids still love Instagram — so Zuck wins, either way.