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Let me give you some advice. Do you. No, seriously. Do you.

Keep Calm and Do You

When I was a kid, Nigerian folks would ask me “Chibuzor, what do you want to be when you grow up?”

It’s a question we’re all asked at some point in our lives.

Left to my own devices, I imagined myself doing all sorts of things.

I aspired to be an astronaut, race car driver, ninja, superhero.

Things an 11 or 12 year old kid could envision.

Being raised by two no-nonsense Nigerians, though, I always had a scripted answer to the old “whaddaya wanna be” query.

“An engineer.”

The response rolled off my tongue so genuinely and effortlessly, that it always elicited knowing nods of approval.

“That Chibuzor is such a good boy!”

I mean, what else would the son of a PhD and holder of two Masters’ degrees be, but an engineer?

My siblings and I each had our own pat response: “A doctor.” “An engineer.” “A banker.” “A scientist.”

Noble professions that would make any Nigerian parent proud.

And it’s not like we were talking shit.

Our parents went hard with the brainwashing.

If we hadn’t fully projected our future selves in our developing adolescent brains, it was up to Uneze and Nnenna to implant the seeds of our inevitable success themselves.

The fruits of their insidious psychological labor?

My sister went to Harvard and became a doctor. My brother went to Harvard and became a banker. My other brother went to Notre Dame and got his PhD in Economics. And the youngest brother recently graduated from Yale, is probably going to Harvard for his MBA, and will likely be another banker.

But that was them.

There was no Harvard for the kid.

I didn’t need no stinkin’ Ivy League degree to be successful.

If my future were based on things I liked to do at the time, I’d have been a professional masturbator, comic book collector or kung fu movie sound effects creator.

When I was growing up, it was enough just to have a response.

There was no follow-up. No “What kind of engineer?” “Where do you want to get your degree?” “Do you know who you want to work for?”

Nowadays, there’s so much pressure for kids to figure out exactly what they want to do with their lives.

This pressure starts early, with parents projecting upon children their unfulfilled dreams and desires.

“Ya gotta do better than your old man!”

Then society takes over, telling them they’ve got to go to school, get a degree and find a good job or profession.

“You’ll never get a good job if you don’t have a degree!”

Throughout life, there’s the mad dash up the corporate ladder, everyone vying for the elusive brass ring.

“If you ever want to make partner, you’ve got to put in overtime!”

So where did this leave me?

I never really bought into my father’s desire for me to become an engineer.

I didn’t even know what an engineer was, what an engineer did or who engineers worked for.

Weren’t engineers the guys who wore overalls and drove trains?

Who wants to drive a friggin’ train?

Although I did own several a pair of overalls…

Aside from pleasing my dad and relatives, I was just regurgitating party propaganda.

But true to form though, when I graduated high school and got to college, what was my major?

Engineering.

No one tells me what to do!

For two years, I took the required math and science classes and towed the engineer party line.

But my heart was never in it.

And two years later I transferred college, changed majors and graduated with a degree in economics – agricultural economics to be exact.

What the fuck is agricultural economics, you ask?

Agri-ecom (as I like to call it) deals with the production, consumption, environmental and resource problems of the agricultural sector.

What does one do with a degree in agricultural economics?

Go to law school of course!

Now did I want to be a lawyer?

Hell fucking no!

But what else was I going to do with an agri-ecom degree?

And when you tell a Nigerian you’re going to law school, they’re impressed.

Graduated. Passed the bar. Practiced law for a bunch of years.

You know what I learned?

I hated practicing law.

Was good at it. But hated it with a passion.

I’m not going to go into it in any great depth.

Suffice it to say that most laws are written to keep the ignorant masses in their place.  As long as you have enough money and influence, laws are almost irrelevant. And when you hear about avarice, corruption and graft in the halls of justice, believe it.

I shall now step off my soap box and continue.

After trying my hand at things I did just to be doing shit, I decided to just do me.

What, pray tell, does that mean?

It means that I accepted that my greatest gift, my raison d’etre, was to guide other people.

Help folks get out of their own way and realize their untapped potential.

I’m great at telling other people what to do giving advice.

I have an analytical mind, think well on my feet and can quickly assess any situation from multiple angles.

Combined with an awesome bedside manner, charm, wit and an wicked sense of humor, I make an excellent consigliere.

Don’t be mistaken, I am not a “yes” man.

Far from it.

I’m the guy that’ll tell you the truth, not what you want to hear.

Over the years, I’ve helped many a budding entrepreneur realize his or her dreams.

I’ve also disabused quite a few of their pipe dreams.

Why am I blathering on like this?

Simple, if you’re struggling to figure out what you should be doing with yourself – your life, seek  counsel.

Don’t ask your mom or dad, unless they’re titans of industry – and even then take their advice with a grain of salt.

Hellooooo? They’re the ones that got you into this mess in the first place!

Seek out folks in the industries that interest you, who are doing things you find intriguing, or have achieved some level of success that you could see yourself emulating.

If you can’t find someone like that or gain audience with them, get a career coach.

Someone professional and detached, who can assess you, your skills and aspirations objectively.

I went to one, several years ago, and it really helped to focus me on my mission – to conquer the world MWAHAHAHA!

I’m sorry, did I say that out loud?

My point is, don’t paint yourself into a corner trying to live up to other people’s expectations of you.

That’s a recipe for disaster.

Rather, focus on things that you enjoy and find challenging.

And if you don’t know what that is yet, that’s oaky, you’ve got a lifetime to figure it out.

If you get stuck, ask me.

I did tell you that I was an Emissary right?

Above all else, do you.

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Will Beats Music ‘beat’ the streaming music competition? Not with their technology they won’t.

UPDATE: I’ve reviewed the Beats app and you can check it out here.

Beats Music iOS

There’s a new player in the streaming music game, Beats Music.

Yes, Beats as in “Beats By Dre.”

Now at this point, I’d be telling you all about the ‘test drive’ I took of the app, and my general impressions.

But noooo. Beats Music isn’t that simple.

You see, I downloaded the app today, but getting up and running was anything but straightforward.

At the signup page, there were two options: “Sign Up” and “Log In.”

Beats Music Sign Up

I hit “Sign Up” as the service is new and I didn’t think I could use my MOG account.

After completing a few fields, I got a “Registration is Processing” alert.

Beats Music Registration is Processing

Processing? Am I being vetted?

So I took the other route and hit “Log In”.

What’s the harm right?

There was an option to login using either Facebook or Twitter.

Beats Music Log In Facebook or Twitter

I selected Facebook and after a few more pre-populated data entry fields, I got to a “You’re Almost Ready” screen, which I took to mean that I was almost done.

But noooo. Beats Music isn’t that simple.

When I hit “Submit” the screen kinda acted like it wanted to go on to the next step, but stalled.

I tried to click submit several times and several times the app almost did something, and then gave up.

Eventually, I got a “We’re Having Connection Problems.” message and gave up.

Beats Music We're Having Connection Problems.

So I can’t tell you whether Beats Music is any good or not.

But if you look at their website, it’s awesome.

Beats Music Site

It’s only logical that Dr. Dre brings his storied music brand to the streaming music arena.

Who better to help you curate the music thats playing on your Beats By Dre headphones than Dre himself?

Now I have no idea if Dr. Dre actually has anything to do with the introduction of Beats Music, but who cares?

Beats Music is actually a collaboration by Dr. Dre, Jimmy Iovine and Trent Reznor.

The fact is that you now have (yet) another streaming service for your iOS or Android device.

If Pandora, Spotify, iTunes Radio, et als aren’t doing it for you, theres a new player ready to disappoint!

And I say disappoint because unlike the other players, who offer ad-free and ad-supported versions of their streaming services, Beats Music has only one speed: premium.

That’s right. Beats Music is a pay to play stream service.

After the seven day trial expires, you’re going to have to fork over $9.99 a month for the privilege of spotty streaming service.

I’m sure it will be great to listen to a stream without those damned commercial interruptions.

That’s because one of Beats Music’s selling points is it’s music curation.

Unlike radio, whose music is determined by some music programmer, or most other streaming services, whose playlists are determined by some algorithm, Beats Music’s titles are curated by real people.

Allegedly, Beats Music employs a bunch of so-called ‘music experts’ to curate it’s playlists, which should mean a better listening experience.

That should be a welcome change to folks who don’t want bots telling them what to listen to.

I’d much rather have my music choices picked by a music nerd than a bot any day!

More important than the human music selection of Beats Music, is the heavy brand recognition that they’ve already built up.

If I had to put up money on who was going to come out on top of the whole steaming music competition, I’d have to go with the guys who have already proven themselves at getting folks ot part with their cash for substandard shit.

If you’re going to part ways with several hundred dollars for a pair of booty ‘branded’ headphones, it’s not a stretch that you’ll part with a few buck a month to listen to a ‘branded’ stream.

Now, I’ve yet to check out whether Beats Music is materially different from other streaming services, in terms of content.

I can say that Beats Music SUCKS in terms of technology because the damn thing doesn’t even work.

Perhaps the demand is so great that their servers are down – yeah that’s the ticket – and they’re overwhelmed with traffic.

Perhaps I will get an email and my registration will go through – one day.

Or perhaps not and I’ll be ignorant of Beats Music forever.

But if this snafu is illustrative of what the rest of the Beats Music experience is like – I’ll keep my $10, thank you very much.

Note to self: update this post if you do get an update from Beats Music.

 

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OmniFocus + Basecamp + Spootnik = Perfect Productivity

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As a productivity whore I’ve extolled the virtues of OmniFocus and Basecamp in the past.

In my opinion, these two productivity products are tops in terms of project management, collaboration and milestone tracking.

For those of you unfamiliar with either of these applications, a brief introduction is in order.

OmniFocus (which I’ve written about before) is a personal task manager by The Omni Group built for the Mac OS and iOS devices.

The Omni Group’s website describes OmniFocus as an app “designed to quickly capture your thoughts and ideas to store, manage, and help you process them into actionable to-do items.”

I’ve been using OmniFocus for about three years and it really helps you to work smarter by giving you the tools you need to stay on top of all the things you need to do.

Basecamp (which I’ve also written about) is an online collaboration project management software.

Basecamp’s web-based platform offers to-do lists, wiki-style web-based text documents, calendars, milestone management, file sharing, time tracking, and a messaging system.

Combined, OmniFocus and Basecamp provide all the online tool you need to manage multiple projects.

OmniFocus offers a series of mobile applications, which extend the power and utility the software offers through its desktop application to mobile and tablet devices.

Through the Omnisync servers, activity conducted on one device syncs seamless with all of your connected devices.

Basecamp, which had traditionally focused solely on its web platform, has developed its own applications for mobile and tablet devices, also extending its project management and online collaboration tools to connected devices as well.

Having used the desktop, web and applications with great success, I swear by them.

Notwithstanding, its still challenging working with two platforms that possess independent calendar, time tracking and milestone components.

OmniFocus has a scheduling and forecast function, which lets you see past, present and future events, tasks and milestones.

It synchs with Calendar, and allows you to see your tasks alongside any event, task or to-do that you’ve got scheduled.

Basecamp also has a calendaring function, which lets you schedule events and milestones.

The subscribe feature gives you the ability to have your events show up in Calendar too.

It doesn’t seem like a big deal, but it definitely involves a bit of juggling.

Enter Spootnik.

What’s Spootnik?

Spootnik is an application that connects OmniFocus and Basecamp, allowing you to keep them in sync.

It was developed by Lars Steiger, who wanted to bring both his worlds of productivity together.

Spootnik pulls all of your Basecamp milestones, calendar events, and to-dos into OmniFocus, allowing you to see everything in one place.

It also allows you to make changes and updates to Basecamp items within OmniFocus, and have those updates sync automatically in Basecamp.

Having used Spootnik for over two months now, I am grateful that Lars was so inspired.

It’s put my productivity on ten and there’s no looking back.

If you’re using Basecamp and OmniFocus, I’d definitely advise getting a Spootnik account.

There’s a free 30 day trial, so you can test it out commitment free.

And thank me later.

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Fight for your right to Internet. Net neutrality threatened.

Net neutrality is under attack.

Net neutrality is under attack.

Trolling my tech news sites yesterday, I came across a story that is most people probably missed.

Did you know that the phone and cable companies are now legally able to block internet sites?

Or charge different rates for access?

I’m not talking China or some other draconian foreign communist regime that you would expect to restrict access to the internet.

This is happening right here in the good ole US of A.

What am I talking about?

Net neutrality, of course.

Yesterday a D.C. Circuit Court issued a decision striking down much of the FCC’s network neutrality rule.

What’s net neutrality?

Per Wikipedia:

Net neutrality (also network neutrality or Internet neutrality) is the principle that Internet service providers and governments should treat all data on the Internet equally, not discriminating or charging differentially by user, content, site, platform, application, type of attached equipment, and modes of communication.

Net neutrality=free, open and equal access to the net.

Why is net neutrality important?

Without net neutrality, cable and phone companies can use differential treatment in the application of their policies.

They can elect to give preference to whoever pays them more.

Worse than that, phone and cable companies can legally block certain sites wholesale, preventing internet browsers from accessing content at any time for any reason.

And who loses?

Everyone!

For some of you, this may be news.

But the reality of the situation is that this fight has been brewing for years.

This issue goes all the way back to 2007 when Comcast tried to block user access to peer-to-peer networks.

The FCC stepped in and told them that they couldn’t restrict user access, and Comcast sued – and won.

At that time, it was determined that the FCC while they had overstepped their bounds with respect to how they responded to Comcast’s restriction of user access, the FCC did have the ability to regulate internet access, but they had to go about it a certain way.

The rules they issued, were challenged by Verizon, and the ruling yesterday, struck down major aspects of the net neutrality rules.

Now the FCC must act expeditiously to protect Internet users from the (potential) arbitrariness of cable and phone companies.

Although many analysts suspect that the cable and phone companies won’t necessarily block access to sites, they do believe that there is very real incentive (read “$”) for throttling certain sites in favor of others.

In the final analysis, if the FCC doesn’t immediately move to reclassify certain types of cable and phone services, and thereby bring them squarely under their jurisdiction and rule-making authority, we could all be screwed royally.

Mind you, this post is really an extremely abbreviated summary of the Court’s decision and it’s impact on net neutrality.

For a more comprehensive dive into this issue and the court’s ruling, check out SlateFree Press or Wired’s reviews of the case and it’s implications.

But, all is not lost.

There are folks out there fighting to ensure that this eventuality never comes to pass.

Organizations like Free Press, Public Knowledge and the New America Foundation, are Internet crusaders devoted to ensuring unfettered access to the internet for all.

And now that you know, perhaps you too could get involved.

Don’t be one of those cats who sits by idly in the sidelines thinking it’s someone else’s resposibility.

Or one day you may wake up to find the internet you once knew and loved – gone.

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Are you a Selfie Master? The art of the selfie.

By now, I’m sure you’ve heard of ‘selfies.’

Selfies are simply pictures you take (and post) of yourself.

What started off as a way of capturing yourself in the moment, in the absence of someone else to take the picture for you, has transformed into a global phenomenon.

It’s so serious that selfies now have their own Olympic Games (of sorts).

The Selfie Olympics started this week and they are over the top.

Peep #SelfieOlympics on Twitter if you want to keep up with them.

Folks everywhere are taking selfies.

But there are folks out there, who have mastered – MASTERED – taking selfies.

Veritable Selfie Masters.

What makes them masters?

One glance at their Facebook, Twitter or Instagram feeds, and you’ll know that they take taking pictures of themselves seriously.

You know when you’ve encountered a Master.

Their pictures contain the tells.

Look for the eyes.

Sometimes wide-eyed. Sometimes, narrow slits. Sometimes opened just so.

But always with a ‘come hither’ expression, regardless of width.

Check the mouth.

Sometimes smiling. Sometimes serious. Sometimes with puckered lips.

But, somehow, always inviting.

Peep the pose.

Sometimes with their head thrown back. Sometimes bent slightly forward (with generous cleavage). Sometimes in repose.

But always beckoning you closer.

It takes work to master the selfie.

It doesn’t just happen by accident.

You’ve got to be committed.

Learning to hold your camera or camera phone just so takes practice.

Getting that smile that looks genuine, and not rehearsed, requires dedication.

Keeping your outstretched arm from being in the shot, and appearing to have had the picture taken by someone else, is high art.

Selfies are an art form.

There, I’ve said it.

Selfies are an art form.

Think about it.

Do you look good in every photo you take of yourself?

Be honest.

No. You don’t.

Know why?

You’re not a master.

Admit it.

You aren’t committed.

I don’t know about you, but I couldn’t take a good selfie to save my life.

No matter what I try, my forehead is always too big, or shiny or enveloped in shadow.

Don't stare at the top of my forehead. You may go blind.

Don’t stare at the top of my forehead. You may go blind.

Even with my best efforts, my hairline is too scruffy, unkempt or appears too far back on my head.

Am I mad because my hairline appears to be receding?

Am I mad because my hairline appears to be receding?

If I’m conscientious or not, my clothes look disheveled, ill-fitting or dirty.

Why do I have a picture in my 'man-jammies'? Anyone?

Why do I have a picture in my ‘man-jammies’? Anyone?

Generally, when it comes to selfies, I end up looking a hot mess.

It’s not like I don’t try to take a good picture.

Shit, if I’m really honest, I take dozens – dozens of shots, trying to get just the right angle or perspective.

I rarely succeed.

I end up looking like a cow in a fisheye lense.

But that’s just me.

Alas, I am not a Selfie Master.

Perhaps one day, I will have mastered the art of the selfie, and will join their storied ranks.

For now, I’ll just suffer through self-photographing mediocrity.

What about you?

Are you a Selfie Master?

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Inbox a hot mess? Unroll.Me.

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A few days ago, a friend of mine put me up on some shit for which I will be forever grateful.

I was trolling through my timeline and came across this update:

Holy crap. I had 192 subscriptions! WTH??! Time to clean up...

Holy crap. I had 192 subscriptions! WTH??! Time to clean up…

It’s called Unroll.Me and it’s probably the most simplistic but powerful email management application I’ve ever used.

Sound like I’m talking pure shit right?

I don’t blame you for being skeptical.

I was too.

Before I get too deep, let me explain what Unroll.Me is first.

Unroll.Me is an application which allows you to unsubscribe from any of your email subscriptions with one click.

I’m going to give you a second to let what I’ve said sink in.

Unsubscribe from email subscriptions in one click.

If you’re like me, over the years you’ve signed up for one thing or another, registered for something or otherwise gave up your email.

More likely than not, you legitimately subscribed to things you’re no longer interested in receiving – or are at least not interested in seeing in your inbox every day.

And now, your email is a virtual parking lot for spam.

Even with the best spam-catchers, there are some things that still get through.

Enter Unroll.Me.

I signed up and entered the email address for the inbox I wanted cleaned up.

Within a few seconds Unroll.Me had compiled my 206 subscriptions.

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A few seconds later I had unsubscribed from 203 of them, and created a rollup of the few I wanted to keep.

What’s a “rollup”?

Rollup is a way to manage the emails you want to keep.

The Rollup (what it’s actually called) allows you to combine your favorite subscriptions into a daily digest email called the Rollup.

Kinda like a Google Reader for your emails.

If you’ve ever tried to unsubscribed from an email subscription through the so-called “unsubscribe” links, you’ve probably had mixed results.

But I’ve been on Unroll.Me for a week and it’s made a tremendous difference.

I’ve had nary an errant email in my inbox.

Not one of the 203 subscriptions removed by Unroll.Me have returned.

Not one.

And my inbox is as lovely (and manageable) as it ever was.

So if you’ve got an inbox that’s driving you to drink, get with Unroll.Me.

And you can thank me (and Cara) later.

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Infographic: Android may grow, but Apple makes dough.

Apple vs. AndroidIn the war for mobile dominance, there are only two acknowledged players: Apple and Android.

Where once Apple held unchallenged dominion in the smartphone market, Android, led primarily by Samsung, has made slow but steady progress through the years.

Apple is no longer the only horse in the race, and there are serious rivalries in play.

And it’s not just Apple’s mobile phones that are being challenged.

The highly innovative iPad, which revolutionized the tablet market, must fend off the forays of the Kindles, Nintendo, et als, who are all vying for that lucrative tablet market.

What’s at stake in this rivalry is more than just eyeballs.

A smartphone or tablet gives their manufacturers a means through which they can push content.

The devices people rock drives commerce.

It’s a means to an end.

A quick glance at any quarterly Nielsen or ComScore report will tell you why.

Mobile is big business.

Ad, app and device revenues in mobile are in the billions of dollars annually.

That’s billions with a “B.”

Rather than prattle on about the stats, I’ve created a handy-dandy infographic.

This snapshot looks at the Apple Android rivalry in terms of device shipments, app downloads, mobile gaming, gaming revenue and Black Friday revenue.

Apple vs Android Infographic

For the most part, the information is gleaned from reports from Q3 2013, but I’m curious to see what 2013 year end stats look like.

The main takeaway (at least for me) is that while Android’s numbers are growing, by leaps and bounds, the money – the REAL money – is being made by Apple.

I’m not counting Android out, by a long shot, but they’ve got a ways to go before they’re a challenge to Apple’s dominance.

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iOS 7 is the most unstable, unreliable OS ever. #iOS7sucksballs

The white screen of death.

The white screen of death.

Yeah, I said it.

iOS 7 is unquestionably the most unstable, unreliable, defect ridden OS (operating system) that Apple has ever released.

I wish I were simply going for dramatic effect, as I am prone to do.

But I’m not.

Unfortunately (for Apple and Apple users) I’m serious.

Since I’ve had the iPhone 5s, which came preloaded with this garbage, and since I stepped up to iOS 7 on my iPad 2, I’ve experience more crashes than I care to mention.

Even though I’ve meticulously kept up with all updates, my devices seem to crash frequently.

I’m rocking 7.0.4, but I might as well be on a Windows phone for the frequency with which I find myself staring at the white screen of death.

It got so bad that I started keeping a crash log detailing the dates, times and activities I was engaged in.

To date, I’ve recorded several (although I’ve experience many more), to wit:

  • 11/24 @ 7:03 pm Facebook app crashed on iPhone
  • 11/26 @ 11:37 am Chat crashed on iPad
  • 11/26 @ 7:59 am Kindle app crashed (switching between Kindle and Chat)
  • 12/13 @ 6:16 pm MyTix app crashed on iPhone
  • 1/2 @ 10:48 am iTunes crashed on iPhone

I was just going to record these crashes for internal use with my team, but as I was tapping out a post in WordPress on my iPad, it crashed.

When I opened OmniFocus on my iPhone to add it to my crash log, the iPhone crashed too.

Back to back crashes on two different devices within seconds of each other.

I can’t make this shit up.

I was hot.

I started to post a tirade, blasting Apple’s latest OS as a drug-induced, hippie-hued useless waste of time.

But cooler heads prevailed, and I paused.

What would that get me (aside from jeers, cheers and a round of applause from jaded Android uses)?

Instead, I’ve decided to do an informal survey, asking folks about their experiences with iOS 7 to see if my experience is anomalous or par for the course.

I’m posing the following questions to Apple users and will post the results of my survey in a subsequent post.





Remember to click “Vote” after each question to have your answer tallied.

Your opinion matters, so please take the time to complete the poll, comment here, on Facebook or wherever you encounter this post/poll.

If you don’t answer the poll here, you can tag your responses with the hashtag #ios7sucksballs to be included in the survey.

My blog is so popular that WordPress will likely crash from the overwhelming traffic, so if you re trying to leave a comment with your responses, but are unable to do so due to system constraints, please try again later.

Now I don’t want to be a complaining complainatron, so here’s a link to an article from Digital Trends, with solutions to some of the more common problems with iOS 7.

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Need advice? Let me be your Emissary.

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I was recently invited to join Emissary, a free platform that lets you share advice, make introductions, and get compensated for your efforts.

If you’re not up on Emissary, don’t trip. Neither was I.

I was checking out the profile of my good friend, Ben Tannenbaum, the new Director, Startup Engagement and Acceleration at Mastercard, and noted that he had a Emissary profile.

Intrigued, I checked out Emissary.io and was like “I do this!”

This=being sought out for advice, giving advice and getting paid for my advice.

But I realized that Emissary was doing it big, and I wanted in.

So I sent an email, had a conversation with one of the founders, Mike Sands, and Voila! your’s truly is now an Emissary.

So what? you say?

What’s so effin’ good about Emissary?

Well for one, it’s really about the power of networks.

And you know I’m a proponent of networks.

Next, it formalized the process of giving advice.

If you’re like me, people are always asking you about this or that.

Sometimes you have the answers.

Sometimes you don’t.

But when you don’t, you know exactly where to go to get the information they’re looking for.

Third, Emissary helps you make dough.

Emissary was developed because they realized that there are folks out there looking for the knowledge you (and your network) possess.

As an Emissary, you can quickly connect them with the right people in your network, and earn money for doing so.

Emissary leverages the power of networks by giving its users a platform to do what they do best.

Give advice (or referrals) to folks in need.

To be fair, I’ve oversimplified the process of becoming an Emissary.

They’re still in Beta, so there’s a pretty serious vetting going on.

When I learned about it, I went to their site and sent an email.

A few email conversations and a telephone interview was set up.

After the phone interview, there was a Skype interview, where they probed to figure out what made me an expert and justified making me an Emissary.

Having dabbled in law, entertainment, technology, and mobile, I’ve created a network of specialists in many different fields, that adds value to Emissary.

The fact that I already offer advise (as a consultant) and through my blog, probably didn’t hurt.

I’ve given you a quick overview of Emissary, but a perusal of their site will give you all you need to know.

You can check out my profile here http://www.emissary.io/u/#/stephenchukumba.

Need advice on an upcoming project or issue you’re facing? Hit me up.

Think you’ve got what it takes to be an Emissary? Check ’em out.

And tell ’em Stephen Chukumba sent you!

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