This year Innovate Raleigh led a conference looking at the future of region by exploring how global trends like climate change, population growth, and AI will impact the region over the next 30 years. It was a great conference discussing the future of sustainable development, entrepreneurship, and technology. Specifically the theme around how forward-thinking leadership and innovative thinking are paramount to the community’s success. This Summit served as a catalyst for ideas for innovation and connected to the work of the many partners in the region. Here was some key agenda items and points shared at conference that stood out:
Today a great conference was held in Durham called, "Think Outside The Bowl". The event provided both inspirational and hands-on sessions to help companies increase loyalty, word-of-mouth, and most importantly, revenue. At this event they indeed took a deep dive to help your organization stand out in a sea of sameness! The conference brought together expert faculty to teach approaches to Customer Experience, Brand Experience, and Employee Experience. The point was by focusing on experience design, companies can achieve greater results. Here is some of the top wisdom shared today at this conference:
"Take care of your associates and they will take care of your customers"- JW Marriott
Ever wondered what it's like to work as a freelancer? Do you dream of setting your own schedule and working wherever you choose? Today the Tech Talent South org hosted a great panel around this topic, "How To Be A Freelancer", where local techies discussed their journey in deciding to work for themselves, their greatest challenges, tips for getting started, and what it takes to be successful. Here is some of the wisdom shared to support your journey!
Tonight thanks to the Triangle Revenue Exchange, T-REX org, we met at WeWork in downtown Durham to enjoy great food, beverages, networking, and learning. T-REX brought in a great speaker Corey Richardson, the Vice President of Sales at Teamworks, who presented their team approach to selling. A great talk around how through collaboration and team work you can secure new business and renew clients at a high rate. Here was some of the wisdom shared:
A special thanks to T-REX, short for the Revenue Exchange (http://therevenueexchange.com) for event and WeWork for hosting, Corey Richardson from Teamworks, and sponsors!
Lights, Camera, Action! You don't usually think of innovation and wisdom when it comes to live music & entertainment productions, but certainly Cirque du Soleil and the bigger productions like Phantom Of The Opera paved the way with newness around events and musical theater. Well this new production called "The L.OV.E Show" does both with an innovative experience format both an event and musical theater like show featuring singers, songwriters, spoken word, comedy, visuals, and videos performed and shared by rising star talent along side wisdom story telling all around the theme of LOVE!
The next show is at The Cary Theater in Raleigh, NC this Saturday August 31st for a 3pm and 7pm showing and has the best rising star talent in North Carolina performing their hearts out all on one stage for one day! It's a great date night and family affair to sit back, relax, and enjoy a memorable experience that will evoke all the wonderful emotions around the theme of love. The VIP seats also include a glass of wine and chocolate! Now that is romantic!
If you want to learn more about this innovative event and show sharing wisdom around the theme of L.O.V.E check out their website at www.LoveShowEntertainment.com or their L.O.V.E Show pages on Facebook, LinkedIN, and YouTube! Enjoy and feel the love!
Lastly, as a bonus, you can win two free tickets to The L.O.V.E. Show here:
A common theme among entrepreneurs and startups is how to separate yourself in a competitive market and grab the attention of investors. Tonight thanks to sponsors TriNet, Vaco,WeWork, and TechCXO, a great event was afforded for the local startup community and fellow entrepreneurs to participate in a panel discussion and hear from leading local investors like Tim McLoughlin at Cofounders Capital and Jackie Bennett at SJF Ventures. Some of the key wisdom points shared was how to separate yourself from the hundreds of emails and pitch decks they see. In addition, we got to hear from local entrepreneur Ursula Mead, founder of InHerSight, and how she navigated her path to investment. Plus Nick Jordan, Founder and CEO at Smashing Boxes, sharing his advice to entrepreneurs. Whether its your first raise, second or third, enclosed are some tips on how to attract attention from a potential investor and increase your chances for success.
Today was the Durham Lunch & Learn presented by RIoT at Smashing Boxes. The big topic was "The Legal Lowdown on Startup Financing". A great opportunity to join Jesse Jones, Founder and Lead Attorney of Fourscore Business Law, as he discussed the sources of financing available for startups and recommendations on which of those financing options to use. Jesse also gave the inside scoop on what is needed to be prepared before talking to an investor. Here are some key wisdom points of advice shared to support your career and startup endeavors:
A special thanks to RIoT (Caroline) for putting on a great event and Jesse from Fourscore Business Law for presenting plus Smashing Boxes for hosting!
If you want to learn more about winning in sales and marketing and how to best collaborate between the two teams, I recommend you check out this free podcast giving you advice & wisdom on success both in selling and marketing from two experts in the field from Silicon Valley and Research Triangle Park, Enjoy the podcast here: https://anchor.fm/winning-combo/episodes/Winning-Combo-Podcast-Intro---Episode-1-e4fmac/a-ahto3e and it's available on iTunes
Market Leadership: A Product Marketer's & Product Manager's Guide to Dominating Markets and Creating Profits
As a passionate marketeer and being colleagues with Vijay Damojipurapu the author of this book,"Market Leadership", I'm happy to share this brief review and two thumbs up on his informative and helpful writing!
The author Vijay Damojipurapu is a marketing leader with a great track record of launching products and managing multi-channel marketing programs to drive awareness and high growth for many companies with specific expertise in marketing tech with leading companies from Silicon Valley. Author Damojipurapu demonstrates his knowledge and passion for building customer empathy, influencing sales, and best-practices of marketing in this very practical book that can help anyone looking to up their game in marketing knowledge.
What is great about this book is how it explores the area between product management’s agenda of product innovation and product marketing’s focus on marketing strategy. These are crucial pieces in the puzzle for product market leadership, profitability, and overall business success. In this book you can enjoy chapters dedicated to everything from "Leading with a product roadmap", to "Thinking beyond product portfolio", to overall best advice on "Marketing Excellence". My favorite offerings of the book, and why I think it's worth you checking out, are as follows:
About The Author Vijay Damojipurapu:
Strategic B2B SaaS product marketing leader with track record of launching new products and devising multi-channel marketing programs to drive awareness and high growth. Technology product marketer at heart passionate about building customer empathy, influencing sales and completely at ease, interacting with analysts, media or engineers.
On average, two people have about a 40% chance of experiencing a good personality match based on how their personality styles naturally fit together. That means that, most of the time, two people are likely to have a built-in challenge in relating well with each other – UNLESS they understand each other’s personality styles. Today Thomas Miller from his session provided a basic understanding of your personality style and the personality style of those around you that help you lead and connect with others in a more effective manner. In this session we learned how to identify and capitalize on their strengths, reduce struggles based on blind-spots and implement strategies for a more effective approach to organizational leadership.
Here is a recap of some of the top wisdom points shared:
Thank you sponsor: