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Passion as a Motivator: The Metaphor that Fuels Veronica Belmont’s Life

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When Veronica Belmont graduated college in 2004 she had only one thing on her mind: move out of Boston to San Francisco. Having studied audio and radio production as an undergraduate, she wanted to immerse herself in the tech world.

Belmont also tacked on a minor to her undergraduate degree – new media studies. So, when she saw an internship posting on Craigslist for a role at CNET she went at the position full force.

Originally her job was to work on b2b audio production, but her boss started toying with the idea of starting a corporate podcast. The two got it up and running, and when her boss left CNET Belmont took over the podcast and, simultaneously, her future.

It was the first time she really had a chance to learn about internet communities, how powerful they can be, and how much actual change they can effect – they tailored the show specifically based on audience feedback. But what she really took away from it all was the learning to talk about what she’s passionate about.

The only advice she can ever give people is that you have the ability to do what you want right now. If you want to be a YouTube star it’s a lot of work, but you have the means to do it. All it takes is passion and being comfortable enough to put yourself out there.

We had a great fireside chat with Belmont up in San Francisco to help promote the launch of Frank Gruber’s book Startup Mixology.

Here’s the video:

 

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