Shashi Bellamkonda is the Chief Marketing Officer at Surefire Social. He is also an adjunct professor at Georgetown University. Shashi is passionate about helping startups and small business and has been recognized twice as one of the Top 100 Tech Titans by the Washingtonian and Top 100 Small Business Influencer Champion 2011 by Small Business Trends. Follow him on Twitter @shashib.

 

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Orate is a Startup to Connect Speakers with Speaking Gigs

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When our startup moved into a cool new shared office space in Tysons Corner, we took it upon ourselves to do something every startup joining a new office should do: find out who the neighbors are. In our case, we ran into a celebration in…

6 Questions to Ask Before Joining a Startup

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“If You Had To Hire a Small Business Marketing Expert who would you recommend?” I got this message from a good friend on LinkedIn. I love startups and small businesses, and I enjoy meeting with and mentoring entrepreneurs in my free time. Join a…

Buffer Got Hacked Today, Shines with Crisis Management

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The popular social sharing startup Buffer had a difficult Saturday today when it got hacked and spam relating to weight loss was posted from user accounts. The Buffer team swung into action pretty quickly and, in a well-executed crisis management playbook, executed a best…

For Work or Play, Get “FriendSourced” Motivation Using MakeMe App

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I like to think I am organized, as it pertains to work, but not when it comes to achieving personal objectives.  The concept of the MakeMe app is to use gamification to help people achieve their goals in a way that is fun to play…

2013 Could be the Year of the Woman Entrepreneur

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The State of Women-Owned Businesses survey, conducted jointly by NAWBO (National Association of Women Owned Business) and Web.com, found that 85 percent of women entrepreneurs surveyed believe that more women will venture to start their own businesses in 2013 than in 2012. Over 500 NAWBO members participated in the survey, and on average, they…

Safe Driving App Trapster Alerts You to Speed Traps and Other Hazards

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Trapster is a California-based startup that was acquired by Nokia’s Navteq and has an app that “alerts you to police speed traps and other roadway hazards.” It’s available on iOS, Android, Blackberry, and a few other phones. I first learned about Trapster when they tweeted…

SheerID: Microtargeting Your Customers Through Couponless Marketing

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Startup SheerID is attempting to solve the problem of seamlessly providing customers with offers based on their verified segment.  Perhaps you have heard of the oft-repeated marketing joke where a CMO says, “We know 50% of our marketing is working, but we do not know…

Startup Stories Inherited Enables a Gift of a Lifetime

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DC-based Stories Inherited is bringing together technology and traditional storytelling to create  personal and corporate history  through interactive books and iStories. If digital had existed centuries ago, how cool would it have been for us to listen to our great-grandparents and ancestors tell their story…

Navigation Startup Waze Never Ceases to Amaze

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I own a Toyota with a navigation system but have hardly used it since I got a smartphone with Google Maps and Google Navigation. The problem with in-dash navigation is that the maps can only be updated by going to the dealer and paying…

Changing India: Meet Entrepreneurs and Startups in Bangalore

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During this past spring’s SXSW conference in Austin, Bangalore came up in a conversation with Paul Singh of 500 Startups. At that time, Paul mentioned running an angel investor education series to get more investors into the Indian ecosystem; he also mentioned investing in…

Tips for Startup Success From the Latino2 Conference in NYC

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The Latinos in Tech Innovation and Social Media (LATISM) held their 3rd Annual Latino2 Tech Startup conference at the Google offices in New York City on Thursday, June 7th. Ana Roca Castro, Founder and Chairwoman, Latinos in Tech Innovation and Social Media (#LATISM), organized…

Don’t Just Bookmark a Website, High Five it Using Markerly

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With the huge amount of articles we share with our friends and colleagues every day, a way to highlight the main points would make the reading experience much more efficient for everyone. I have been using a browser app from a startup called Markerly…

Google Acquires KikScore’s Confidence Badge and Online Trust Score Platform

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DC-based startup KikScore announced today on their blog that the “KikScore service, platform, technology and certain assets have been acquired by Google.” KikScore created a patent-pending Confidence Badge and online trust score platform that enables small online businesses and non-profits to demonstrate trustworthiness through…

IPhone App OurCast Lets You Socially Share Weather

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In a November 2011 study, Pew Internet found that over half of the adult cell phone owners downloaded apps on their phone. Of these, over 74% downloaded apps that provide regular updates on news, weather, sports or stocks. I am a fan of weather…