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  • Blog Post: Why hackathons are not nonsense - or how a short term art salon/NaNoWriMo is pragmatically useful

    View from coffee line, rockstar TEDActive barista making my drink 2011 . You learn a lot by watching the process! Thanks to a link from Dare Obasanjo, I was reading Scripting News " Hackathons are Nonsense ." It's a perfect nugget of thoughtful skepticism, where he notes that you won't have a Julia...
  • Blog Post: bing.com and a decent shot of courage

    I haven't written much lately because I've pulled some weird stunts, like stay awake 26 hours and tweet for a good percentage of that while triaging bugs. I've put on my painted shoes and my marketing hat and gone to conferences while blitzing in and out of ops calls. This being in PR while shipping...
  • Blog Post: Autumn's here and so is the Women's Conference

    Yes it's been a month since I last blogged, thereby ruining my blogging new year's resolution. Some of that is Bioshock and Halo3-related, what can you do ? :) On the bummer-to-say-goodbye-but-wish-them-well side: Bubba Murarka who I got to work with briefly while in Live Search (his team took...
  • Blog Post: Speaking at Blogher in Chicago this July

    Yay! I am going to be with a panel with other cool bloggers speaking about building online communities. (You can see the common thread to my speaking gigs. :) They do a very interactive panel, so it's not so much powerpoint decks and harrumphing but back and forth between the audience and the panel...
  • Blog Post: Gotdotnet & the 7 year switch - to CodePlex!

    I had a chance to chat with Sandy Khaund today (I know, people at Microsoft actually TALKING to each other! without the aid of computers! how NUTS is that!!??!!) about Gotdotnet closing its doors in July 2007.We reminisced about the good, bad, and the bitchy (that last was me of course :) ) and what...
  • Blog Post: Betsy Does Austin: South by Southwest Interactive and 20 x 2

    I'm honored to be among the speakers at South by Southwest Interactive this year. Our panel is called World Domination via Collaboration (yes, I realized the irony of a member of the "borg" talking about world domination) and I think it's going to rawk! Jory DesJardins and Lisa Stone , co founders...
  • Blog Post: The Funny QnA Valentine

    Krista Wall led the way to send the Live QnA-ers a Valentine ...and they loved it. (Those little hearts take you to actual QnA questions; Krista spent a ton of time prepping this.) Online community work is always so full of these ups and downs. There are moments when frankly, your customers drive...
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