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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 – Radian6, HootSuite, PostRank, StumbleUpon, Tungle, 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.r 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.  

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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  • Jeff


    March 28, 2012

  • Brian M.

    William was engaging and informative. Admired his passion for building start-ups. One concern: wondering if Google will slap him with a cease & desist order after it sees how Engagio's look & feel is so similiar to Google email. Thoughts?

    March 28, 2012

  • Elizabeth C.

    It was very informative on a "social media- Conversations: level

    March 28, 2012

  • Heather M.

    Thank you for posting the sketch notes as well. Great talk. It's great to see different tools emerging to cut through the social media chaos. My favourite note was about having a great but simple idea that can really stick.

    March 28, 2012

  • Neil

    Great talk! Thanks Sacha for sharing your notes. Reminded me of some of the more interesting points.

    March 28, 2012

  • Joanna

    Good speaker; Interesting product. I wish the demo could have been longer; I know time is limited.

    March 28, 2012

  • Jim C.

    Excellent presentation and background on entrepreneurship in social media world.

    March 28, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    1 · March 28, 2012

  • Emil G.

    Becoming a social media entrepreneur was a misleading title for the content he presented.
    He spoke very little of becoming a social media entrepreneur. He did speak a lot on how his start up works and why it's been and will be popular. He said a number of times that it was important to reach 100,000 users and he seemed to be hoping to add a few more from the gathering. He presented little to no info or ideas on how to become a social media entrepreneur or any succinct tips that would help a hopeful social media entrepreneur or any type of entrepreneur. Perhaps this MeetUp should have been titled: Engagio has helped William Mougayar become a social media entrepreneur.

    March 28, 2012

  • Brian C.

    Very practical start-up advice and great networking.

    March 28, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    Very nice. Thank you to our sponsors

    March 28, 2012

  • Tm M.

    I'm running late and might not make it in time. I don't want a decently good ticket go to waste - if anyone want mine, message me for arrangements. Thanks.

    March 27, 2012

  • Joseph T.

    Lynn, Doors open at 5:30. William Mougayar's presentation will begin around 6:15. Questions and answers until about 7:15. Socializing with other attendees after that.

    March 27, 2012

  • Lynn

    Hi Joseph: how long will be the event?

    March 27, 2012

  • Joseph T.

    Mirette, There are places for everybody on the waitlist plus a few more registrants. I'd encourage you to register in advance. It makes registration at the event much simpler for our volunteer staff.

    March 26, 2012

  • masatoshi n.

    I am the one myself. I really appreciate this. Thanks Thornley Fallis.

    March 21, 2012

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