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Day: April 2, 2013

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Mike Macadaan on redesigning MySpace, helping startups at Science

By SPN Team / April 2, 2013

When Mike Macadaan was asked to redesign MySpace in 2009, he said that was the only thing that could have kept him in Los Angeles. The redesign of the large social media company was, he said, “the most sophisticated problem I’ve ever faced.”

MySpace was an organization that Macadaan said had a lot of invested beliefs and a lot of opinions. “We tried to be inclusive,” he said during his presentation …

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Kauffman Foundation’s Thom Ruhe calls community “a form of currency”

By SPN Team / April 2, 2013

It doesn’t matter where you are in the world, there are communities to be built and strengthened. From Kansas City to Bangladesh, Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation vice president of entrepreneurship Thom Ruhe is spreading the message. In his presentation at our Big Kansas City event last week, Ruhe focused on the story of Sohael Chowdhury, founder of the Younger Entrepreneurs and …

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Amy Jo Martin: “Sell to people what you believe”

By SPN Team / April 2, 2013

In the age of social media and digital communication, it’s increasingly easy to lose person-to-person interaction. Amy Jo Martin, founder and CEO of Digital Royalty, stressed the importance of emphasizing the personalities behind a brand at our Big Kansas City event last week.

“If we really want to be effective with communication, we have to humanize our brands,” Martin said. …

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