Innovation starts with listening and change for Marriott Hotels – #TravelBrilliantly

This is a Sponsored post written by me on behalf of Marriott Hotels for SocialSpark. All opinions are 100% mine.

In a society that’s part looking for the next “big thing” in terms of apps, social networks split with a society that doesn’t like change, for traditional companies looking to be innovative it came be challenging. Innovation though may come in small increments or in one big swoop. When looking at Marriott Hotels recent  #TravelBrilliantly campaign launch.  Marriott decided it was time for innovation in one big swoop. Before we continue [...]

The Future of Tech, Design, Culinary and Travel NY Event Recap – #TravelBrilliantly

This is a Sponsored post written by me on behalf of Marriott Hotels for SocialSpark. All opinions are 100% mine.

Tuesday night I attended online and offline social media mashup event hosted by Marriott hotels and Newsone. The event theme was #TravelBrilliantly which is Marriott hotels “innovation” hashtag of choice. The event featured a panel with Q&A along with a digital atmosphere and integration that you expect to see at a large social media conference.  

The panelist included actor Laz Alonso, fashion designer Natalia Allen, TV Host & Digital [...]

#startupschool notes: Nate Blecharczyk, Founder, Airbnb

You need confidence
You are going to fail more than you succeed
Past experiences prepare you
Worse thing is have a partner that doesn't work hard as you do
Choosing your partners is one of the most important things you can do
Three clicks to book it
There is a lot of stress when starting a company
Investors don't want Ms they want Bs
Before you quit you have to give it 100%
You need people who will never give up
It's better to have a few users to love you vs a 1000 users who like you
Do things that don't scale
perseverance is what matters the most

#startupschool notes: Mark Zuckerberg, Founder, Facebook

#startupschool notes: Mark Zuckerberg, Founder, Facebook

marks early coding project
Why did facebook win? There focus on real world identity and people
It didn't have to be a college platform
Someone else is always going to have more resources than you
Determination is what Zuck has to lead facebook
You are going to make mistakes just don't give up
Learn as much as you can as a founder, especially before signing anything
Hire people you learn from
Make decisions as a team
Have a goal to make it a good company as soon as possible
People want to learn about people
Everyday there will be [...]

#startupschool notes: @Jack Dorsey, Founder, @Square, @Twitter

Jack Dorsey, Founder, Square, Twitter

Book: The art spirit, Robert Henri
Quote about art.
Lesson: how important the work is.
If you succeed you have to pay for it
We are not here to do what everyone else has done
Don't fall into the footstep of others
You have to be a master of your own tools
We have so many ideas but it's about the work
Learn to deal with rejection
There is a time and place for everything but use it at the right time
You can not do anything without a shared and common purpose
Essays will be shorter in words but more in meaning
Built what other people want to see in the [...]

#startupschool notes: Chase Adam, Founder, Watsi

Chase Adam, Founder, Watsi
Informational vs. Motivational
With non profits it's hard to know if you succeeding or failing
This is one advantage of being small nonprofit, take risk, do what you want
Decided to be transparent
100% donation
Minima fundraising
No founders or cofounders titles
Hackernews post starts media wave
What they got out of YC: focus, focus on one metric, a network, stamp of approval
Fund raise for three months
Watsi is selling a vision
Find something you work on that you care about more than yourself.

#startupschool notes: Balaji Srinivasan, Founder, Counsyl; Lecturer, Stanford

Balaji Srinivasan, Founder, Counsyl; Lecturer, Stanford

Silicon Valley Ultimate exits
Is USA the Microsoft of nations
Voice vs Exit
Voice change within
exit create a new system
Exit is a voice
Exit amplifies voice, example when people leave in drones
Silicon Valley vs the paper belt
Silicon Valley is becoming more powerful than the rest of the other four key cities combined(DC, LA, Boston & NY)
Technology is about reducing prices the paper belt is about raising prices
Built opt-in society, outside US, run by technology
The paper belt may stop us from leaving
Build technology's for [...]