September 2008

twitter.jpgI remember a couple of years back when Om Malik told me about Twitter, so I signed up.  I had two “friends” – Om and Biz Stone (every Twitter member is “friended” with Biz).  I couldn’t quite figure out how I was supposed to find other people or what I should say that would be Tweet-worthy.  So I just gave up.  But then, last year I noticed a groundswell of people using it, so I thought I’d give it a try again.  I now have to confess that I’m actually a regular Twitter user and have even downloaded and used various Twitter apps like Twitterific, Twhirl, and TweetDeck. (I’m currently using TweetDeck as it has a nice interface that allows you to categorize and view your tweets, replies, directs, searches, etc. in one view).    You’ll also notice I have a Twitter badge on this blog (I actually prefer the “Twitter balloon” widget that you see in this post, but I’m not in charge of the HTML on this blog so I don’t mess with the code… However, you can see it live on my personal blog which I do code on my own).

Twitter has turned out to be a great tool to shout-out news, learn about opinions, trends and stories in real-time, and follow and participate in conversations with a myriad of people whom you’ll probably never meet in person but you feel you have a relationship with nonetheless.

If you happen to be on Twitter, friend me at Kathy_Johnson.  Tweet ya later.

Last week, our team was out and about at both TechCrunch50 and DEMO.  For me, it was the end of my self-imposed networking exile as I had taken a hiatus from the shoulder rubbing to rub my tummy following my op.  Speaking of rubbing shoulders, I noticed there were more women at the conference this year and saw many familiar faces.  Orli Yakuel was there and I meant to thank her for including me in her list of “50 Most Power Females in Technology,” as it continues to generate buzz amongst the blogging community.

Here are a few other articles that continue the buzz:

usa-today-graspr.jpgWhen we see a successful entrepreneur, sometimes we think their success came easily and instantly.  We forget that there are often years of hard work under their belt and not everything was handed to them on a golden platter.  While we often hear of stories of men who’ve worked their way up the ranks to emerge as an inspiration for us all, we don’t often see examples of women who have navigated the road to success while also balancing life with family, friends and outside interests.

A terrific profile piece in USA Today illuminates the life of Teresa Phillips, who’s homespun Kansas roots gave her a solid foundation to tackle everything from Army generals to the executives in the board rooms of Yahoo and Time Warner.  She harnessed her experiences for the betterment of all of us when she was faced with a challenge near and dear to her heart, the birth of her premature baby, and decided to launch Graspr.

Check out Teresa’s story here.  Executive Suite: CEO wants to help extend your grasp