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William Mougayar: Becoming a social media entrepreneur

Social media has changed the way that we connect with our friends, with news and with organizations. It has opened up possibilities that we hadn't even dreamed of 10 years ago.

Social media has also proven fertile ground for entrepreneurs with ideas. Canada has spawned some great social media companies – Radian6HootSuitePostRank,StumbleUponTungle, and more.

Behind every one of these success stories is an entrepreneur who had an idea and the persistence, energy and sheer determination to make it happen.

William Mougayar is the entrepreneur behind not just one, but two social media startups:Eqentia and Engagio. The first of these two startups, Eqentia, is billed as a "vertical news environment."   It enables you to curate the content you care about from a variety of sources across the social Web. The newer company, Engagio, enables you to draw together all of your conversations from different social media into one place.  

Less than two months after launch, Engagio has earned positive word of mouth and prominent backers such as Fred Wilson thanks to its simple but compelling proposition.

Developing a successful startup isn't easy. If it were, we'd all be heading up successful companies. It takes a lot of luck and some smart decisions. But in the era of social, we see more and more of the people around us pursuing their dream, trying their hand at starting up a new business, at making their idea become reality.

So how did William Mougayar do it? You can find out at the next Third Tuesday meetup. William will share his personal journey from idea to beta to seed funding. He'll tell us about the dark nights of doubt, the highs of the Eureka moments and the grinding work that goes into that success.

This Third Tuesday will be for you whether you are a budding entrepreneur yourself, know some people involved in startups or just wonder as you use your favourite social app, "How did they do that?"

I hope you be able to join us that evening to hear from one of Canada's outstanding social media entrepreneurs, William Mougayar.

Thank you to our sponsors

As you know, Third Tuesday is a community-oriented, volunteer-driven event. And we wouldn’t be able to bring great speakers like William Mougayar to Third Tuesdays across the country without the support of some like-minded sponsors. We’ve been lucky to have some great companies step up over the past several years to help us make Third Tuesday happen. Big thanks are due to CNW GroupRogers Communications, the Canadian Internet Registration AuthorityRadian6 and Cision Canada for making the 2011/12 Third Tuesday season possible. 

We want students to be able to attend

The next great social media entrepreneur may still be in school. And we know that students live on a budget. So, if you are a student and would like to attend, don't let the admission fee stop you. Simply present your student ID card at the time you sign into Third Tuesday and we'll refund your admission fee, courtesy of Thornley Fallis.

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  • Dennis Van S.

    Thanks Joe - et al.

    I deserve any ridicule I receive and more. And I get not tying the name to "social media" or any other trendy terms. Bravo! But you're serious that this event was *never* held on the Third Tuesday of the month? Maybe I'm dense, but that's what it clearly implies in my tiny pea brain.

    Reminds me of a peevish response I got from Jeff Pulver to an idea I pitched for one of his "140 Character Conferences". He said: "It's not about Twitter." Huh?!?!

    March 28, 2012

  • Darcy

    Hahaha Len, I was howling with laughter when I read your message. Not to be insensitive to Dennis since it's always a bummer when one makes an error in scheduling.

    I really like the name of the event. I think it was a great decision to go with a name like that.

    March 28, 2012

  • Joseph T.

    Dennis, when we started Third Tuesday, Twitter didn't exist, Facebook was a college-only affair, and the hot things were blogging and Technorati. We didn't want to give the group a name that would tie it to terms that would rapidly become dated. So, we gave it a whimsical name that means nothing. That has allowed us to keep the content ever fresh and to follow the leading edge of thinking.

    I'm sorry about the confusion on the date.

    March 28, 2012

  • Len F.

    Dennis, I think of the group name and actual meeting time as a version of social media Darwinism :-) Of course, I also click the "add to your calendar" button to totally remove me from the scheduling process. Not sure if that counts.

    2 · March 27, 2012

  • Dennis Van S.

    Okay, I know I should've double checked the date. But I put this in my calendar for tonight - you know, a TUESDAY. Could you please either change the name of the group or actually hold it on the third Tuesday?

    March 27, 2012

  • Don R.

    To me William a great speaker and I learned lots of new ideas from him. Especially, for the joy one can have in social media.

    March 27, 2012

  • Kirk H.

    I was disappointed as the presentation by William didn't start until after 6 pm. Unfortunately, I had a hard end time of 6:30 to leave for my next meeting and I feel that I missed the second part of the message that William had to share. With what I was able to share I was very impressed.

    March 27, 2012

  • Len F.

    I enjoyed William's talk both in terms of his unusual entrepreneurship story as well as an intriguing product. Definitely applicable to activities outside of entrepreneurship.

    March 27, 2012

  • Darcy

    Well organized. Highly recommended.

    March 27, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    It was a great presentation about the social media platform that William developed and launched recently. I'm curious to join and explore the platform.

    March 27, 2012

  • Nigel K

    Excellent Meetup. I'm looking forward to trying engag.io - Also loved the Idea of commenting on a individual's Blog to build a relationship with them. I'm going to go test this on a few potential Mentors & Joint Venture Partners right now...

    March 27, 2012

  • Joseph T.

    Hi Lindsay. We introduced the admission fee a couple years ago when we realized that over 1/3 of the people who were signing up for the event were not showing up. This was unfair to the people serving us at the venue (many rely on tips to suplement their income. An overstaffed event means tips are spread more thinly). It also cost us more renting bigger halls to accommodate people who didn't show up. Since we required people to pay admission in advance, no-shows are less than 5%.

    March 21, 2012

  • Lindsay M.

    I would like to attend but prefer to pay at the venue - is this doable?

    March 20, 2012

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