William Mougayar: Becoming a social media entrepreneur

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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 – Radian6 (http://www.radian6.com/), HootSuite (http://www.hootsuite.com/), PostRank (http://www.postrank.com/),StumbleUpon (http://www.stumbleupon.com/), Tungle (http://www.tungle.me/), 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 (https://twitter.com/wmougayar) is the entrepreneur behind not just one, but two social media startups:Eqentia (http://www.eqentia.com/)and Engagio (http://www.engag.io/). The first of these two startups, Eqentia (http://www.eqentia.com), 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 (http://www.engag.io/), 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 (https://twitter.com/fredwilson) 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 Group (http://newswire.ca/), Rogers Communications (http://rogers.com/), the Canadian Internet Registration Authority (http://www.cira.ca/), Radian6 (http://www.radian6.com/) and Cision Canada (http://www.ca.cision.com/) 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 (http://www.thornleyfallis.com/).