How strange is it that the one thing we need to do right now is also what can kill us?
I’m adapting day by day, working on some new projects. I thought I’d be getting some face-time with these companies. Now it’s all Slack and Hangouts and Zoom.
I’m working on ideas for a couple of virtual events, one that’s adapting First Wednesdays with Zack Rosenberg, and another in collaboration with Online Geniuses.founder David Markovich. I hope to have more to share soon. You’ll also see below that I’m trying out a series for the Slack community that may become a weekly virtual gathering.
Meanwhile, having the whole family home at the same time is… wonderful.
Okay, maybe I’m exaggerating slightly. I’m quite happily married, but I’m also convinced that before the baby boom people anticipate around New Year’s, there will be a divorce boom. Couples that are being tested like this, spending so much time confined together in the same space, may realize that this is a test they can’t pass. If I was a divorce lawyer, I’d be hiring staff right now.
During strange times, this is a strange issue. As I shift all kinds of things I’m working on and ways I’m working, including placing an Ikea order that made me appreciate how much easier it is to order office furniture than toilet paper right now, I’m keeping the intro shorter. I had much more to write, but it doesn’t feel quite right yet. As a plus side, when I’ve needed another creative outlet, I’ve been expanding Berky’s Marketing English and plan to release it with 100+ entries as a short e-book (or very long white paper) in the coming weeks.
Below, you’ll find more links than usual and lots more virtual events, plus a growing list of job resources (like Hunterz). Please let me know about any other events and links to include going forward, and of course jobs.
This week, you’re getting a lot more about what I’ve been making of myself. Now it’s your turn. How are you holding up? How is your health? And what are you making of yourself?
LEARN. TRY. SHARE.
VIRUS SIMULATOR, HEALTH STIMULATOR
Of everything I read about coronavirus, this was the most impactful for me in showing just how social distancing works to save lives.
HOW POLIO QUARANTINES INSPIRED CANDYLAND
This is from last year but all too relevant now.
LEARNING FROM A DISTANCE, NEW YORKER STYLE
NYC’s Department of Ed has distance learning guides that anyone can access freely. I’m sure there are quite a few parents and caretakers reading this who might benefit.
UPSKILLING DURING A DOWNTURN
This is a free collection of resources from my friends Jeremiah Owyang and Scott Monty.
USAFACTS TACKLES CORONAVIRUS
“USAFacts is collecting up-to-the-minute metrics from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), various local and state departments, and academic institutions like John Hopkins University for a holistic picture of the COVID-19 outbreak. Use this unique map of US counties to understand the spread of the virus.”
CORONAVIRUS BY THE #S
A massive visualization shows the spread of the pandemic.
IMPACT OF THE VIRUS ON THE TRAVEL INDUSTRY
If you’re following the travel industry, this is a great place to stay current on what’s happening with the pandemic.
Below are events that are either virtual or scheduled far enough out that they hope to be real-world functions. Please send over any great virtual events you’re hosting or attending, and I’ll add them to the list.
All times for virtual events are EST unless otherwise specified.
Thursdays starting March 19, 3pm
“At Protocol, we cover the people, power and politics of technology so you — senior tech and business decision-makers — are armed with the news and analysis to lead your organizations and build your careers. We have launched Protocol Virtual Meetups to provide you the inside scoop on what we are seeing out in the tech landscape and give us all an opportunity to stay connected in these wild times.”
COMMERCELIVE BY PROFITERO
They produce some smart research. Check it out;
“In spite of the many recent conference & expo cancellations due to the novel Coronavirus (COVID-19), we shouldn’t postpone learning from each other today. That’s why Profitero has decided to put on CommerceLive! on March 23rd. In this virtual event, we’ll have speakers from across the industry, including Buzzfeed, Clif Bar, Kantar, e.l.f. Cosmetics and many more, sharing best practices and insights for eCommerce and omnichannel retail — along with some digital networking opportunities. Why not join us if you’ve already got the time blocked off?
SERIAL MARKETERS SALON #1: REMOTE WORKING
March 24, 3pm
Serial Marketers is hosting its first salon and kicking off a new series. It’s for members of the Slack community, so find the password on the post in the lounge or contact me.
STACKLIST: VC ADVICE FOR STARTUPS
March 25, 6:45pm
Stacklist is moving its events virtually, and they always have a strong speaker lineup. This week’s guests include partners from Female Founders Fund, Bowery Capital, Lerer Hippeau, and Common.
DISRUPTION FORUM NY
March 31, 5:30-9pm
This is still the NY event about the future of financial services from Netguru, but now it’s virtual.
PITCH YOUR MARKETING TECH COMPANY
March 31, 5-6pm
Hosted by Richard Fallah and Hadba Batour, startups get to pitch for 3-minutes and then receive feedback.
SOCIAL MEDIA WEEK (PIVOTING TO VIRTUAL)
The annual slate of thought-provoking programming returns. This is another can’t-miss event, even as the topics it covers expand way beyond social media as most of us know it.
SOCIAL MEDIA STRATEGIES SUMMIT (NEW DATES)
I loved this event so much in New York that I’m joining them in Chicago as both a speaker and media sponsor. I’ll be speaking about how to build and run a successful B2B community, and of course I will be including examples from many others, with a bit of experience covering mistakes I’ve made that others can learn from.
LDV SUMMIT (NEW DATES)
February 10-11, 2021
“The premier global gathering in visual tech” is run by one of my favorite firms of any sort out there, LDV Capital. They specialize in bringing some of the best people together in all sorts of ways.
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