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An Open Letter to @Airbnb

I’m not a huge fan of open letter written by millennials. There’s some solid advice why we should stop writing them — but that’s mostly geared towards writing letters to people writing about other’s open letters. This open letter is inspired by my own frustrations, experiences, and knowledge of the tech industry and sharing economy. It’s a letter to Airbnb, who can’t get their customer service standards straight. It’s about soul-crushing experiences through a medium …
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Facebook, Privacy, and My Exit Strategy

Several months ago I had an epiphany about the way I was using Facebook. After being on the social network for nearly a decade — and blogging for almost five years — I had accumulated thousands of friends and followers. I was also being asked by potential content marketing clients how I could help them reach a larger audience, and while most of my peers were throwing around their Twitter and Instagram numbers, …
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Sunday Serial: Lucky Charms Edition

  Week one down in our new neighborhood and I don’t know how kids do it these days. This week involved two networking events, a major drinking holiday, and more bars in one weekend than I’ve been to since my last stint at SXSW. (Which, by the way, I somewhat regret missing on account of Michelle Obama releasing a single with Missy Elliott. I mean, really. Who did what?!) The past few weeks have been …
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The Most Important Question At Networking Events — But Should You Ask It?

After a year of taking a break from networking, I finally dipped my toes back into the pool of meetups and dinners the past week. I dug out my business cards, cardigans, and makeup and headed out for severals nights on the town. I’ll admit I wasn’t ready with an elevator pitch at first, but at one recent event I was more comfortable because there were not elevator pitches. In fact, the one rule at …
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5 Things Airbnb Hosts Need to Stop Doing

A few years ago I was an Airbnb host (you can read about why I did it and why I’ll never do it again here. I’m also writing about it for another client which I’ll eventually link to here as well.) My apartment was, initially, my primary residence. The thing was, though, I was listing it because I was out of town so  damn much that it didn’t make any sense for it to …
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