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Nonprofits Creating A Movement: Overcoming 4 Common Challenges With Mobilize

My professional journey prior to Mobilize was an interesting mix of working with tech companies and volunteer-based organizations. The common thread between every role I ever had was the way our success relied on bringing groups and communities together. While such organizations were able to attract a lot of supporters,…

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Our Commitment to Nonprofit Organizations: The Time to Mobilize is Now

The power of groups has long been an unstoppable force in history, but now with technology, the extent of its impact has grown in an unparalleled way. Since November 8, an unprecedented number of movements and social initiatives have started. The American Civil Liberties Union received $24 million in donations…

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Lean Startup Ideas: How Etsy, Docker & Prezi Mobilized Networks to Scale

I recently had the amazing opportunity to speak at San Francisco’s Launch festival. In front of hundreds of talented entrepreneurs, I gave a presentation on how startups can scale their businesses and add more people to join their vision, all while keeping spend low. In an age where growth expectations…

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Build Your Startup’s Community: How to Do More With Less

Startups are expected to grow faster, and with fewer resources, as more companies continue to rewrite the definition of overnight success. For example, it took Candy Crush about half a year to obtain 50 million downloads and $500 million in consumer spend. For B2B companies, it used to be impressive…

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How One Brand Ambassador Became Evernote’s Director of Global Community

When Josh Zerkel started his career as a productivity consultant, he had no idea it would lead to a director position at a $1 billion tech company in Silicon Valley. “I have the most unusual path of anybody here,” he says. Selecting a community member to manage a thriving business…

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How HART Built a Volunteer Management System Using Mobilize

HART (Helping Area Response Teams) found Mobilize on a mission to build a prosperous volunteer management system. The nonprofit organization, which dispatches volunteers to assist first responders on emergency response calls, needed to build a strong sense of community in order to succeed. Since using Mobilize, HART has mobilized a…

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Managing a Google Developer Relations Community: Interview With Laurence Moroney

Laurence Moroney, an engineer-turned-developer-relations-sensation, started his career as a developer advocate when he brought his two beloved hobbies together: content and coding. After writing a handful of programming books, Moroney found himself at Google—by way of Microsoft–as the Staff Developer Advocate. His day-to-day is always different, but one aspect remains…

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Personalized Email Design: Why Authenticity Matters in Network Communication

Maintaining ongoing, authentic communication is crucial when you’re building a network. Communication is a mutual, two-sided effort, though. Your network thrives when both parties—the manager and members—are equally enthusiastic and engaged. You can’t succeed at it alone. In an age where nearly 205 billion emails are being sent each day,…

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The Best Google Groups Alternative: When Your Group Grows Up

You’ve started a community using Google Groups that’s thriving. Maybe it’s a growing fellowship program—or a network of like-minded people who share the same admiration for a certain business. Whatever the group is, it’s proven to be a hit. Success is great, but it often comes with growing pains. If…

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How San Francisco’s Etsy Seller Community Grew 57% Using Mobilize

SF Etsy, the San Francisco Bay Area Street Team, found Mobilize on a journey to build a thriving Etsy seller community. The network started on Google Groups, but after reaching 1,000 people it became difficult to recruit new members, and create an authentic sense of community. “With the Google Group,…

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