WWD Reader Profile: Aditya Mahesh, Student/Entrepreneur

WebWorkerDaily readers are a diverse bunch. Every week, I profile a different reader and ask them to share what they do, how they do it, and some of their favorite hints and tips.

Who are you and what do you do?

My name is Aditya Mahesh and I am a student at UC Berkeley where I teach a two-unit entrepreneurship class to undergraduate students. I’m also the founder and president of ZapPrep Tutoring, a college admissions consulting web site, and run AM Beat, an entrepreneurship blog targeted at webmasters.

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WWD Reader Profile: Scott Priestley, Founder, Lionshare Software

WebWorkerDaily readers are a diverse bunch. Every week, I profile a different reader and ask them to share what they do, how they do it, and some of their favorite hints and tips.

Who are you and what do you do?

My name is Scott Priestley; I’m the president and founder of Lionshare Software Inc. I help small- to medium-sized businesses navigate through the myriad of vendors and options to select ERP and CRM applications that are best suited to their specific needs, and then help them manage their project through development, testing, training and deployment. Read More about WWD Reader Profile: Scott Priestley, Founder, Lionshare Software

WWD Reader Profile: Kyle Thill, Director of Services, Toyota Lift of Minnesota

WebWorkerDaily readers are a diverse bunch. Every week, I profile a different reader and ask them to share what they do, how they do it, and some of their favorite hints and tips.

Who are you and what do you do?

My name is Kyle Thill. My day-to-day responsibilities revolve around managing the service, parts and warranty departments for Toyota Lift of Minnesota (TLM), one of 68 Toyota forklift dealerships here in the United States. I also have the privilege of managing a small sales staff of three.

What’s a typical day like for you?

Of late we’ve been looking at other ways to market ourselves, due in large part to budget constraints. I’ve been tasked with involving TLM more deeply in the social networking world. Getting myself or the company on Linkedin, Facebook, and Twitter (or, as many of our salesmen call it, “Tweeter”). While there hasn’t been a lot of activity in our area yet, we can’t help but think that this whole social networking thing will eventually get to our industry, and we just want to be ready when it does.

What gear and software do you use, and why?

From the early days of CompuServe dialup, when we actually launched our first web site, to today’s cable connection, we primarily use the tools available to the average Joe. While we like working on the web, we certainly wouldn’t be called cutting edge when it comes to the application of technology. Early on it was just CompuServe and its browser, and we haven’t gone much further than IE7 yet. Sure, we monitor Twitter  for key words throughout the day with Seesmic Desktop, and incorporate Google Alerts and Google Reader for the same reasons, but there hasn’t been the need to use any really fancy technology yet. We blog daily using Blogger, again simply using the tools that are available economically to everyone.

What’s your favorite web working tip?

My job is less about the web and more about my other earthly responsibilities. The web, however, is a medium that can be reviewed quickly and relatively efficiently if you choose the right tools. For example, monitoring Twitter and Facebook can be done quickly and with relatively few distractions using Seesmic Desktop.

If you would like to be profiled on WWD, get in touch with me at simon (at) gigaom (dot) com.

WWD Reader Profile: Tamara Gruber, Freelance Marketing Consultant

WebWorkerDaily readers are a diverse bunch. Every week, I profile a different reader and ask them to share what they do, how they do it, and some of their favorite hints and tips.

Who are you and what do you do?

My name’s Tamara Gruber, and I’m a freelance marketing consultant for technology startups. I provide strategic marketing and communications services including outsourced marketing management, marketing plan development, social media programs/inbound marketing programs, content development and event management. Read More about WWD Reader Profile: Tamara Gruber, Freelance Marketing Consultant

WWD Reader Profile: Bia Kunze, Dentist/Mobile Tech Blogger

WebWorkerDaily readers are a diverse bunch. Every week, I profile a different reader and ask them to share what they do, how they do it, and some of their favorite hints and tips.
Who are you and what do you do?
For my main job, I am a dentist. No kidding! But in 2001, I got a Palm m100 (s palm) as a gift. I knew nothing about tech stuff or the web. However, I fell in love with that device, because it helped me a lot in my work. Now, nine years later, here I am: mobile tech-savvy, with the largest blog about mobility in Brazil, a podcast, writing in some magazines, talking on the radio and reviewing gadgets on a TV show. That was completely unexpected, because I started blogging in 2002 as a hobby. But mobile tech changed my life and gave me an opportunity to expand my original business. Today, I give dental home care to elderly and handicapped people, at their homes, hospitals or retirement institutions. Read More about WWD Reader Profile: Bia Kunze, Dentist/Mobile Tech Blogger

Young Warner, Summit, blip and Sony Execs Make 35 Under 35 List

The Hollywood Reporter has made some good picks for its annual Next Generation 35 Under 35 list, with folks from the digital world making up a small but mighty contingent.
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Lydia Antonini, 34, is director of development for Warner Premiere, and responsible for digital extensions of Watchmen, Batman and Superman and bringing Peanuts to the iPhone (and is also a one-time NewTeeVee Pier Screenings judge).
Jack Pan, 33, is EVP marketing at Summit Entertainment and directs the campaigns for the Twilight movies. Can’t get more buzzy than that!
Michael Hudack, 26, the CEO of blip.tv, is of course familiar to NewTeeVee readers. He helps all of us new media creators look like pros, and gives quotes like, “We’re taking [TV] from a linear economy of scarcity to an Internet economy of plenty.”
Tal Rabinowitz, 33, is SVP U.S. comedy development and digital programming for Sony Pictures Television and has developed projects like Dating Brad Garrett, the Crackle show that makes cross-platform use of the ‘Til Death star.
Photo by Dan Busta for The Hollywood Reporter.

WWD Interview: Israel “Izzy” Hyman, IzzyVideo.com

izzy_picIsrael “Izzy” Hyman’s passion is video. He’s a video podcaster who makes a living producing three different online shows:

  • Izzy Video — How to shoot and edit video. It covers a wide range of topics like cinematography, lighting, recording good audio, gear, editing and distribution.
  • Paperclipping.com — This show is hosted by Hyman’s wife, Noell, and it’s all about scrapbooking and design principles.
  • Rolling R’s — This show is hosted by Hyman’s friend, Larry Keim, and teaches people the Spanish language.

All three are membership sites where some of the content is available for free, but the majority of the material is available to paid members only. I caught up with Hyman to ask him a few questions about the work he does, and how he does it. Below is an edited transcript of our interview:
Simon: How did you originally get into video? And what made you decide to start blogging about it? Read More about WWD Interview: Israel “Izzy” Hyman, IzzyVideo.com

WWD Reader Profile: Sam Glover, Consumer Rights Lawyer

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WebWorkerDaily readers are a diverse bunch. Every week, I profile a different reader and ask them to share what they do, how they do it, and some of their favorite hints and tips.

Who are you and what do you do?
My name is Sam Glover and I wear two main professional hats: I am a consumer rights lawyer, and I write and edit Lawyerist with my business partner, Aaron Street. My law practice is a two-lawyer firm, and my associate, Randall Ryder, and I are full-time litigators. We sue debt collectors and defend consumers who are sued by debt collectors. Lawyerist happens almost entirely online. We call it a “lawyering survival guide,” but you could also call it a blog. In November, I will start writing a column on law and the Minnesota legal community for MinnPost, an online media source. Read More about WWD Reader Profile: Sam Glover, Consumer Rights Lawyer

WWD Reader Profile: Jennifer Woofter, Sustainability Consultant

jenniferWho are you and what do you do?

My name is Jennifer Woofter and I run Strategic Sustainability Consulting (SSC). We’re a boutique consulting company that works with small- and medium-size organizations that want to “go green.” I spend about one-third of my time on billable sustainability consulting work (green audits, carbon footprinting, coaching and training) and about two-thirds of my time running the business — made up of three in-house staff, between four and six interns, and a freelance network of more than 450 sustainability experts.


What’s a typical day like for you?

I’m a night owl, and since I usually go to sleep in the wee hours, I’m rarely awake before 9 a.m. Since I work from home, that’s not a problem — I just walk downstairs to my office (stopping in the kitchen for a cup of coffee) and am ready to work by 9:05. Read More about WWD Reader Profile: Jennifer Woofter, Sustainability Consultant