I just chaired the 3rd Annual IMA Alliance Forum- an annual get together of the leaders of interactive marketing associations across the country. Hosted in Las Vegas by our Las Vegas sister org, LVIMA, we had a productive meeting to determine ways our organizations can collaborate and better work together. And given that I'm writing about this, clearly nothing had to stay in Vegas.
Last night we held the next seminar in our free 'Start-up Clinic Series.' The topic focused on partnerships and business development and why we need to pay a lot more attention to who we align ourselves with, early in the game. Presenter Doug Levin (@dalev on Twitter), the Co-Founder/Principal, Precipice Consulting Services -- again provided some solid information and great insights into a process that is daunting for many.
Some highlights of one very compelling session at the Digital Combine by Chris Colbert, Founder, Holland Mark -- The Brand of You™– YOU are a brand. So act like one.
Last week I had a virtual run-in Simeon Simeonov, a member of MITX who is now the founder of FastIgnite, Inc., where he helps entrepreneurs shape promising ideas, raise capital, build teams and execute. Sim is also co-founder and interim CTO of San Francisco-based Plinky and (in his spare time) a technology advisor at Polaris Venture Partners in Boston -- among (undoubtedly) many other things. Since FastIgnite is his most recent project, I thought I'd ask him a few standard questions and find out 'What's Next.'