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Can You “Platform” Community?

by Drew Meyers on 10:51 am December 10, 2015

Arnold Waldstein wrote an interesting post the other day titled “Can you platform community?“. It’s a topic I think about non stop, given community is what I’m most passionate about enabling in this world. I KNOW community changes lives for the better, and if I had to boil down the “why am I still working on Horizon” answer, that would be the answer (the slightly longer answer is here). I fundamentally believe an agents and brokers are in the business of community building. If you don’t build … Read More »

Interview with Product Hunt Founder Ryan Hoover

by Drew Meyers on 3:37 pm June 12, 2015

Many technologists who read this blog probably frequent Product Hunt at least weekly. Mark Suster, a venture capitalist in Los Angeles whose blog Both Sides of the Table I read regularly, recently interviewed Product Hunt’s founder, Ryan Hoover. The hour long video is below, and well worth watching: As I mentioned in a comment on Mark’s blog, I believe community is the most defensible moat you can put around your business. It’s also something most companies fail at, or don’t invest at all in. Community building is actually really simple … Read More »

Revive a Neighborhood: With Imagination, Beauty and Art

by Drew Meyers on 9:04 pm March 29, 2015

I just watched a TED talk with Theaster Gates about reviving neglected neighborhoods through art. It’s worth watching: I wrote about the concept of a startup house this weekend. The motivator for building either an art hub or a startup house is the exact same: building local community. Of course, community is the long game, which is why so few people invest in it.

Fatdoor, Bringing Robots to a Neighborhood Near You

by Drew Meyers on 7:04 pm June 11, 2014

There are a ton of social networks focused on neighborhoods. Nextdoor (prior coverage) is likely the largest and most well known. Fatdoor is re-launching. With robots. Truthfully, this just makes me sigh. For those who want to connect with your neighbors with robots, you can sign up for the re-launch here. Me? Not interested. Why? I don’t believe robots improve the world. If we’re not careful, we’re going to turn into human robots who sit in front of the television and computer all day, and literally … Read More »

CloudPeeps – A Marketplace to find a Community Manager

by Drew Meyers on 10:29 pm April 27, 2014

Those that read this blog regularly, know building community is something I’m more than slightly passionate about. I’ve convinced, regardless of what industry you are in, to succeed in business long term — you need a community. If you don’t want to do what it takes to do that on your own, you should hire someone to do it. But, where can you find a trusted community builder? CloudPeeps. CloudPeeps is a marketplace to find a trusted and knowledgeable community builder to grow your business. My … Read More »

Revitalizing Urban Cores

by Drew Meyers on 11:05 am March 16, 2014

You all should read Fred Wilson’s post about Revitalizing Urban Cores. Real estate agents and brokers obviously have a vested interest in increased economic activity in your local area; more economic activity = increased likelihood residents will buy and sell more homes. This topic comes back to “community” in my mind. Cities would be smart to pick a specific lifestyle niche, and do whatever it takes to build a vibrant community around that — then let that community slowly bring their friends to the party. … Read More »

Turning Clients into Lifestyle Communities: Ongoing Communication & Engagement

by Drew Meyers on 10:50 am February 13, 2014

First, think through what your community members want. News Events Insider knowledge And they want to be connected to great… activities people professional service providers local establishments …all specific to their lifestyle. How do you deliver that? 1. Content / News. If you care deeply about something, you likely read about it in some capacity on a somewhat regular basis. Curate everything (more on that here) related to your lifestyle community inside your Facebook group, and post original thoughts on what you think about those … Read More »

Sample Community Member Showcase – Inspire9

by Drew Meyers on 5:47 pm February 12, 2014

Speaking of a community member directory/showcase, I came across an amazing one today. Inspire9, which is community in Melbourne a friend of mine (Indi Tansey at Outtrippin) is a part of. The picture doesn’t give it justice, as it’s much better when you look at it on their website (the photos scroll). So, seriously, go look at their site. It showcases the members inside their private network, and makes me curious to learn more about them. I love it.

A Sample Community Manifesto

by Drew Meyers on 8:22 am

The lifestyle community I wish to exist? Global entrepreneurs who think big and believe in social good. I’ll be honest: I haven’t personally executed on the the ongoing communication strategy I am detailing in the 4th and final article in my “Turning Clients into Lifestyle Communities” mini-series — so the community isn’t current vibrant/engaged/strong. But I do have a community manifesto (which is part 1 in the setup), for what it means to be in the Global Entrepreneurs community Jonathan Yankovich, Scott McLeod , and I created at Startup … Read More »

Turning Clients into Lifestyle Communities: Setting it All Up

by Drew Meyers on 6:21 pm February 11, 2014

So, you are “in” when it comes to building community? You’ve got the tools. Now, the strategy (Note: I’m splitting “strategy into two posts – setup & ongoing communication & engagement. So, now it’ll be a 4 part series)… First things first: define your lifestyle community. That could be equestrian, dirt biking, classic cars, your local sports team (#Seahawks), extreme sports, yoga, surfing, Harly-Davidson’s, wine, modern, or any other lifestyle a large percentage of your clients care deeply about. If your client base isn’t centered around … Read More »

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