Archive for October, 2006

Wanted: VP of Marketing and VP of Business Development for Stealth Startup


I don’t normally advertise jobs for folks, so please consider this a special occasion for some friends that have a unique social site in stealth mode in the bay area.

I really believe this company has something that no one else has yet to release so there’s really an opportunity for the right people to help craft.

I’ve posted two jobs reqs for the qualified marketing folks that can meet these roles as VP of Marketing and Community, as well as Business Development VP or Director.

If you’re the right person for this job, please forward your resume to Feel free to reference that you heard about the role here at my site.

Owyang Family Returns to Roots using Internet (Part 2)


Tomorrow, I’ll be heading out to China to fulfill the trip to tie back my Americanized Owyang family to our roots. In a recent post, I told how the Owyang Family Returns to Roots using Internet (Part 1), you can get the background info there.

During the trip We’ll be taking pictures, recording, and will eventually share our thoughts on the group blog that I created called Ouyang Homecoming. (FYI: that’s the more common spelling)

Shel Israel recently let me know that this is a story that seems appropriate for his upcoming book Global Neighborhoods, which is going to tell how the world is smaller from the web, as well as how communities are starting to form using the internet. This is so true, as members from this trip (and the hundred others that are not going) met using google searches, or using wikipedia to reunite. Some folks who have joined our community just share the surname, or their mother or father has a relation to the name. Without the web, we never would have reunited so easily.

Trip Goals

  • Bring the 22+ Owyangs to the home village of Dailian
  • Meet and Greet cousins that are still living there (there is a book with the family tree)
  • Document the ancestral landmarks
  • Pay my respects to the grave of my Great Grandmother, attempt to find my great great grandfathers grave.
  • Build relations with Dailian, retrieve copies of the family books to bring back to share with others
  • Document the trip

I know that Dailian village is expecting us, I’ve been there twice, and I’m very appreciative of what my ancestors did to bring us here to the land of opportunity back in 1880s (That’s not a typo). To learn more about modern day ZhongShan (Dailian is minutes from this hub city) you can check out this video.

After visiting the homevillage, we’ll head to Hong Kong, and then off to Japan to visit my cousin who is teaching English in Okayama which is near Osaka.

I’ll be offline for most of the time going forward, I’ll check in here and there, but for the most part I’ll be off the grid. I’m disappointed I’ll miss any upcoming events from Citizen Agency, Podtech Vloggies, and any other Social Media events I was invited to, we’ll catch up on my return.

I’d be curious to hear from you. What have you done to capture or learn about your family roots? Have you visited your home town and village where your family immigrated from? I believe the internet will really help folks find their roots.

The Benefits of Conference Blogging


I’m very surprised at Nielson banning blogging and all recording from their most recent conference. Steve Rubel questions is blogging should be banned all together at conferences, he learned from Greg, who questions the irony of no CGM at a Nielsen CGM conference. There’s other conversations on Techmeme on this.
I’m often invited to conferences (at no charge, and sometimes as ‘press’) to blog about the event. I take presentation notes (sometimes at great deal), add my own thoughts, and take pictures to tell the story. This builds an archive and links the community of those who attended, blogged about it, and helps to spread the word about the knowledge gained and learned.

Steve writes the following:

“I see both sides of this issue, but I agree wholeheartedly with Greg. On the one hand if you let bloggers write about a customer conference in detail, there’s little need for anyone to pay to attend. However, on the flip side, if you allowing blogging and people take you up on the offer, it’s highly likely that you will generate excitement that boosts customer attendance next year. This is especially true if the conference, um, is in part about blogging.

For conferences that I wish I did go to, but wasn’t able to attend, I often read what’s written by those who attended via blogs. I can guarantee you I don’t walk away with nearly as much value, information, connection than those that attended would have.

Taking notes and sharing it in public is only one small part of why to attend a conference. The real benefits are making your own observations (not just from the angle of the blogger) the non-verbal communication, and the tremendous amount of networking that happens in person.

For those conference organizers that get blogging and invite bloggers, awesome, you can invite me and I’ll record it for you, (see all my posts tagged ‘conference’ or ‘events’, please note this is only a partial list as I have a previous blog with many events and conferences archived).

For those that ban blogging, you’re missing out on a huge opportunity to harness community, word of mouth advertising by using social media tools.

Loading up the iPod for the Trip (Content Reccomendations Needed)


I’m getting ready for a two week vacation, and I won’t have much internet access while in Asia.  In fact, I won’t be able to even update my subscriptions on iTunes.

I’m constantly amazed how the web is the delivery platform for so much media.  iTunes has really become the digital marketplace for media, part of the reason why Tower Records is dying, and some folks think CDs are heading the way of the dodo.  iTunes offers movies, TV shows, Games, all at varying prices, I can see this being such a profit center for them.

I’ve downloaded ‘Bejeweled’ a puzzle game that my wife will like, a bunch of video podcasts from Rev 3, downloaded all of Brian’s Edgeworks podcasts, a few podtech, rocketboom, and made sure my usual FIR, Web 2.0 show, Buzz out loud, and Jaffe content is updated.

Content Recommendations Needed

I’m looking to you for recommendations, what other content do you suggest I download?  My focus is social media, marketing, web, geek.  On the entertainment side, I love viral type videos, short films.  Although I like a variety of music, I’ve yet to find a great ‘Chill’ podcast, any suggestions?

So who do you listen to?  Give me some suggestions.