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Emancipate Yourself from Mental Slavery

It is scary to go out on your own to start a business. Shawn Collins will share two negative experiences that became catalysts for a change from cubicle slave to entrepreneur. Hear how he turned bad times into a better, fulfilling lifestyle, and how you can, too.

That's right.  For the July 2013 AUSOME meetup we are proud to announce that affiliate marketing powerhouse Shawn Collins will share his experiences and advice on starting your own business.

If you're already an entrepreneur, come to listen to one of the world's leaders in online marketing share his experiences.

For those that don't know Shawn, he's the co-founder of Affiliate Summit, the leading affiliate marketing conference which attracts thousands of attendees and the best speakers in affiliate marketing and has been for over 10 years.

Having been in affiliate marketing since 1997, Shawn's wealth of experience and industry knowledge is something you don't want to miss the opportunity to hear.  Shawn has been quoted in countless places including Entrepreneur Magazine, Internet Retailer, Inc. Magazine, the New York Times, and the Wall Street Journal.

Shawn's unique brand of unassuming yet incredibly practical lessons will leave you inspired and your Tweet button smoking.

Please note that this month's meetup is on July 8th.  We moved the regular 1st Wednesday date because of July 4th.

Make sure to RSVP now, we ran out of spots last month!

About Shawn:

Shawn Collins has been an affiliate marketer since 1997 with a number of active affiliate projects, and a decade of affiliate management under his belt. He is a Co-founder of Affiliate Summit, the leading global conference and tradeshow for the affiliate marketing industry and Co-Editor-in-Chief of FeedFront Magazine. He authored the books Extra Money Answer and Successful Affiliate Marketing for Merchants, and was an editor and contributor to Internet Marketing from the Real Experts.

Also, he publishes the annual AffStat affiliate marketing benchmark reports.

Shawn blogs daily on affiliate marketing at Affiliate Tip and co-hosts the weekly 7 Minutes in Affiliate Heaven podcast on GeekCast.fm. Additionally, Shawn has been quoted in numerous publications, including Entrepreneur Magazine, Internet Retailer, Inc. Magazine, the New York Times, and the Wall Street Journal.

Thanks to Capital Factory for hosting our meetup!

Capital Factory is a community of the hottest tech startups in Austin. Located in the center of downtown, Capital Factory has more than 20,000 square feet full of startups and entrepreneurs. Take classes to learn the skills that startups need, attend meetups to find a co-founder, rent a desk for your startup or apply for funding and mentorship in the Accelerator.

Thanks to Affiliate Summit for buying the beer and food!

And finally...

Congrats to Naren Hari for knowing that Tim-Berners-Lee invented the World Wide Web and winning the Google Quickdraw competition.  Make sure to check out his website Narenh.com!

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  • A former member
    A former member

    I work full time and build online (ecommerce) stores after hours. I travel to national and international trade shows to source niche products. I am looking to connect to like-minded individuals and groups and sharing experiences.

    July 29, 2013

  • Miguel F.

    Shawn- I was glad to check out your inspirational talk in Austin last week. Thanks! Wondering if you recommend a 3rd Party Affiliate service to start an affiliate program for my business. Any thoughts or resources to learn from before pulling the trigger? thx.

    July 22, 2013

    • Shawn C.

      I haven't heard of getambassador.com, but the others are affiliate networks, so you'd need an OPM (outsourced program management) company for the management. You can get that locally from David Vogelpohl's company: http://www.marketingc...­

      July 22, 2013

    • Miguel F.

      thx so much for the orientation. been enjoying your course online. thanks- fernandezcw

      July 22, 2013

  • Paula S.

    I had to leave early, so I can't judge it, but by the pictures, it was fabulous.

    1 · July 15, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    wonderful to have such an illustrious speaker as Sean Collins. he's an inspiration!

    2 · July 9, 2013

  • Cheryl

    Great story, but it left me hanging! Kind of like when your VCR just dies in the middle of a gripping movie and you never know the end.

    July 8, 2013

    • Shawn C.

      The ending was meant to be that I started a company and left the corporate world, and now it's 10 years later and going strong. :)

      1 · July 9, 2013

    • Matthew B.

      The ending was crystal clear. Great story. Best of luck for continued success!

      2 · July 9, 2013

  • Shawn C.

    Last night I mentioned how I escaped from New York on 9/11 by boat. There is a really good 12-minute documentary called "BOATLIFT, An Untold Tale of 9/11 Resilience" about how boats evacuated a half million people that day: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MDOrzF7B2Kg

    1 · July 9, 2013

  • Joyce

    The message of paralysis or empowerment, do it today and do it even though you are afraid was very inspirational.

    2 · July 8, 2013

  • shane a.

    I too will need a recording as I will be at my job today & not able to get someone in my place, hopefully Shawn will put up a recording & so looking forwards to Affiliate Summit in Aug. Philli that I won back at the Pizza Bistro! :-)

    July 8, 2013

    • Shawn C.

      I don't know if David is recording it, but I won't have any way to do it.

      July 8, 2013

    • shane a.

      :-(

      July 8, 2013

  • debra b.

    So sorry to miss you Shawn. Unfortunate change of plans. Please tell Adam R hello for us in Philadelphia. **We do need to talk w/ you. Have a great evening all.

    1 · July 8, 2013

  • Shawn C.

    For anybody looking to get into affiliate marketing, I'll be bringing a bunch of copies of my paperback, Extra Money Answer, to give away (I think David will have some sort of contest). Book details at http://www.amazon.com/Extra-Money-Answer-Monetize-Affiliate/dp/1490348859/

    July 8, 2013

  • shane a.

    So need & want this! But can't make it, working today repairing computers. Please post slideshow & or notes. :-)

    July 8, 2013

  • shane a.

    So need & want this! But can't make it, working today repairing computers. Please post slideshow & or notes. :-)

    July 8, 2013

  • David B.

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    July 8, 2013

  • Kathy F.

    Alas, I must work at the job that I actually make money at, so that I can fund my start-up. Hate to miss this!

    July 8, 2013

    • Shawn C.

      I had a year of overlap with my day job and my company. It was such a relief to break free of the cubicle.

      1 · July 8, 2013

  • Shawn C.

    BTW, a city where I lived, which plays a central role in my story for this presentation, is in the news today for an awful home invasion: http://www.nj.com/essex/index.ssf/2013/06/video_millburn_home_invasion_brutality_stuns_neighbor_drives_manhunt_for_suspect.html

    June 25, 2013

    • Denise A.

      That is a seriously disturbing video!!

      June 25, 2013

    • debra b.

      Very lucky all three are alive.

      July 7, 2013

  • Trey

    Can't make it. Hope that it is recorded.

    July 7, 2013

  • shane a.

    So need & want this!

    1 · July 7, 2013

  • Joyce

    This is a really good topic!

    1 · June 29, 2013

  • Navira

    out of town

    June 22, 2013

  • Paula S.

    Hey, I plan to bring a box of Kleenex so we can all cry together!

    1 · June 18, 2013

    • Shawn C.

      Uh oh, I better retool to amp up the waterworks, so I don't disappoint.

      June 18, 2013

  • Paula S.

    Hey,

    June 18, 2013

  • Paula S.

    Hey,

    June 18, 2013

  • Shawn C.

    Vague warning: I intend to make y'all laugh and/or cry.

    2 · June 11, 2013

    • Shawn C.

      I will still try, Suzie!

      June 18, 2013

    • Kevin R.

      You have you work cut out Shawn, once you have come out the victor against wordpress there is little that can phase you... Luckily for most of us, it shouldnt even take a stones throw to find someone to cry on your behalf at the event.

      1 · June 18, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    See you then.. Sounds very interesting

    2 · June 11, 2013

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