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Re: [agile-30] Facebook employees?

From: Amanda
Sent on: Tuesday, June 9, 2009 11:04 PM
Oooh that looks painful... but doesn't Tech Crunch make money off of Facebook or the previous owner had stock or something?

For those I don't see at the myriad of tech events... here is the back story (clearly I need to do more with newsletters and blogging... sigh).

Agile and Scrum groups are a pain to run, and it is a constant effort. Looking for sponsorship is a giant pain and a job in and of itself. We can get sponsors, but it still takes cash to put a coherent program together.

So necessity being the mother of invention, we created our own custom fundraiser... a business networking card game called "Corporate Espionage" and are selling it online and at the Geek Dinner at Uwink... like Girl Scout cookies... to fund the group so that we can be sponsor neutral and talk about and do things that are useful to us.

They sell pretty well... we were able to sponsor BarCamp LA and BarCamp SD with the money, and I just gave a kid from my high school a $250 grant to go to a national speech and debate competition (because I was a speech and debate geek too). We've been picked up by http://indiepressrevolution.com and are talking to a couple of publishers about licensing. Now it is time to do a little bootstrapping and put together the online property. I'm working really hard to make Scrum Club a hands-on community resource that brings more real product development to LA. So we need a product to be hands on with... and this is it for now. Non-profits are hard to use as an example. Card game ='s easy and it's intellectual property the club owns. And I am praying that it also turns out to be a club fundraiser and not a web 2.0 turkey.

This year we are doing a series at a prestigous local university to take people from CSM to CSP. From start to finish, we use Corporate Espionage as a single business case for unified content. This summer we're doing a couple of adhoc meetings before the kickoff for a little product planning and meet and greet. Secret ones and public ones like http://scrumclub-usability.eventbrite.com/

Big Visible is letting me use one CSM class in September as a fundraiser and graciously agreeing to use Corporate Espionage as the course example. I am praying that it sells... (Please buy seats and ask your boss/friends to buy seats) We are helping students start a club on their campus and this puts a little in their kitty for paintball... Because when you faciliate a team, you need a little paintball to let off some steam ;-)

The Scrum Alliance is helping me find fancy speakers and picking up their travel... Is there anyone you guys would especially like to see? I already have requests for Uncle Bob and Jeff Carlton. Giora Morein is the CSM trainer... anyone else come to mind??

Volunteers get their own playing card (think bad ass interactive business card) and free seats at selected events. Architecture and format still to be determined. You need to sign an NDA and contributor's agreement to be a member of the inner circle that determines final design and executes.

Right now, my most desperate need is that I need to do some PR and marketing for it so that I can actually get the course out there and hopefully sell some seats in the CSM training (a little stuck here since I do product and this is a professional service... any volunteers or referrals to freelancers who market professional services???? )

So, recap of desperate pleas for help, in order of criticality:

1 - Volunteer or affordable freelancer who knows how to market professional services and lectures.
2 - Facebook or Myspace? Which one first? How do we get an app onto LinkedIn?
3 - Suggestions for monetization that is NOT part of someone's Amway 2.0 1:1 marketing scheme... Offerpal was mentioned, I can probably pull a PPC feed from somewhere... the cards themselves carry ads.
4 - I can haz an app dat rulz dem all wiz fab uzer gup memberz.

Amanda


On Tue, Jun 9, 2009 at 6:43 PM, Tom Longson <[address removed]> wrote:
Maybe that has something to do with the fact that Facebook's HQ is in Palo Alto, and not LA, like MySpace is.

What kind of building do you want to do anyways? If you're looking for marketshare, you might want to read this:
http://www.techcrunch.com/2009/04/16/closing-the-gap-facebook-only-9-million-visitors-away-from-passing-myspace-in-us/

Cheers,
Tom Longson (nym)
http://truefalsemaybe.com



On Tue, Jun 9, 2009 at 6:02 PM, Amanda <[address removed]> wrote:
Hey folks-

I'm currently wrestling with whether to build onto MySpace first or Facebook first. We have an abundance of Myspace employees in this group. Do we have any Facebook employees?

Amanda




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