How Jason Calacanis Helped Our Business

I’ve been following what Jason Calacanis has had to say since he was publishing the Silicon Alley Reporter back in the 90’s.

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Back in February 2008, Jason was a keynote at Affiliate Summit West 2008, and it was a privilege to have him up on the stage.

Anyhow, shortly after that he wrote a blog post titled, “How to save money running a startup (17 really good tips)“, that is maybe the best thing I ever read from him.

I took action on one tip in particular…

Use Google hosted email. $50 or free per user…. how can you beat that?!?! Why screw with an exchange server!?!?

Up until this point, we weren’t using an Exchange server for Affiliate Summit, but we were all using Outlook, and it was a regular hassle with exploding .pst files and stuff.

So, after reading that from Jason, we moved to using what was Google Apps Email (I think) at the time. Now it’s Google Apps for Work.

Not only did it enable me to easily admin all of the email for the company, but with the huge storage capacity, nobody had to delete email to make space anymore. And no more days of lost productivity when .pst files were being repaired.

Plus, Google Apps for Business enables us to collaborate easily through Google Drive and Google Docs, and it’s really helpful to have the shared Calendars. I’d highly suggest making the move to any startup or growing company – it’s so worth the modest cost for the efficiency we’ve gotten out of it.

Thanks, Jason.

Vote for Affiliate Summit West 2015 Sessions

Affiliate Summit needs your help to pick sessions for Affiliate Summit West 2015. Voting will be open through September 19, 2014.

Get Out The Vote

The speaker proposals have been pared down to the titles, speakers, descriptions, and classifications (experience level, target audience, and main subject).

Vote for submissions you’d like to see at Affiliate Summit West 2015 by clicking the “Vote” button next to the proposed session. You may vote for as many sessions as you’d like.

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You can find sessions that interest you by sorting the Experience Level, Niche/Vertical, or Target Audience from the header, as well as using the search box.

Also, you can see a tally of the most popular sessions.

Create an account now and start voting if you are attending Affiliate Summit West 2015.

You must register to vote for sessions and then submit a user name and email. A password will be emailed to you.

If you don’t see it right away, check your spam folder for an email with the subject, “[Vote for Affiliate Summit Sessions] Your username and password”.

Speakers for Affiliate Summit will be chosen based on the combined votes from the public, votes from the Affiliate Summit Advisory Board, votes from Affiliate Summit founders Missy Ward and Shawn Collins, and feedback received on past speakers.

Vote now through September 19, 2014 at AffiliateSummitVoting.com!

Affiliate Summit West 2015 Has Raised $3,033 So Far to Fight Breast Cancer

The Race to Affiliate Summit West 2015, a dailymile challenge where Affiliate Summit will donate $1 to benefit the Avon Walk for Breast Cancer in support of Affiliate Marketers Give Back team for each mile exercised through the challenge, is going through 12/31/2014.

Affiliate Summit Against CancerThere are currently 43 folks involved in the challenge, and the top ten competitors have already accumulated 2,155 miles.

Overall, there have been 3,033 miles tallied by all of the participants, so it’s $3,033 raised (so far).

I am currently tied for 14th place (see my dailymile profile) with my 83 miles. I plan to really amp up the miles as I train for the Avon Walk for Breast Cancer in NYC next month, so my rank should improve.

Here are the top ten affiliate marketing exercisers, as of September 8, 2014.

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dailymile syncs with a number of iPhone and Android apps.

You can also manually enter your exercising efforts.

In order to participate in dailymile activities, you will need to friend me on dailymile and I will invite you to the challenge.

Affiliate Summit West 2015 is taking place January 18-20, 2015 at Paris Las Vegas in Las Vegas, NV.

The participant with the most total miles at the end of the challenge will receive a VIP Pass to Affiliate Summit East 2015. 2nd to 5th place finishers will each receive a Networking Plus Pass to Affiliate Summit East 2015, and 6th to 10th place finishers will each receive a Networking Pass to Affiliate Summit East 2015.

Please note that all information you provide as part of the contest is public and may be used by Affiliate Summit in our marketing efforts for this event.

Chad Hymas to Keynote Affiliate Summit West 2015

Chad Hymas will be a keynote speaker at Affiliate Summit West 2015 on Monday, January 19, 2015 at Paris Las Vegas.

The Wall Street Journal calls Chad Hymas “one of the 10 most inspirational people in the world!”

Chad HymasChad inspires, motivates, and moves audiences, creating an experience that touches hearts for a lifetime. He is one of the youngest ever to receive the Council Of Peers Award For Excellence (CPAE) and to be inducted into the prestigious National Speaker Hall Of Fame.

In 2001, at the age of 27, Chad’s life changed in an instant when a 2,000-pound bale of hay shattered his neck leaving him a quadriplegic. But Chad’s dreams were not paralyzed that day – he became an example of what is possible.

Chad is a best selling author, president of his own Communications Company, Chad Hymas Communications, Inc., and is a recognized world-class wheelchair athlete. In 2003, Chad set a world record by wheeling his chair from Salt Lake City to Las Vegas (513 miles).

Chad’s speaking career in the areas of leadership, team building, customer service, and mastering change has brought him multiple honors. He is the past president of the National Speakers Association Utah chapter and a member of the exclusive elite Speakers Roundtable (one of twenty of the world’s top speakers).

As a member of the National Speakers Association, Chad travels as many as 300,000 miles a year captivating and entertaining audiences around the world. He has graced the stage of hundreds of professional and civic organizations including Wells Fargo, Blue Cross Blue Shield, AT&T, Rainbird, IHC, American Express, Prudential Life, Vast FX, and Merrill Lynch.

Last Call for Affiliate Summit West 2015 Speaking Proposals

The period to submit speaking proposals for Affiliate Summit West 2015, taking place January 18-20, 2015 in Las Vegas, is closing soon.

Time is running out to submit a speaker proposalThe submission deadline is Friday, September 5, 2014. Any submissions after this date will not be considered.

After the proposal deadline, speaker submissions will be chosen based on the following:

  • Public voting scores and comments.
  • Voting scores and comments by the Affiliate Summit Advisory Board.
  • Voting scores by Affiliate Summit founders Missy Ward and Shawn Collins.
  • Past session feedback if they previously spoke at an Affiliate Summit.
  • Meeting speaker deadlines if they previously spoke at an Affiliate Summit.

Accepted speakers will be notified no later than Friday, September 26, 2014. If you have not been contacted by Friday, September 26, 2014, your proposal was not accepted.

Submit your speaking proposal for Affiliate Summit West 2015.