Yup, I left my bag at the diner! It happens to the best of us, but of of course, I did such a typical move. I was in a huge rush and as per usual, my mind was in a thousand different places. Three hours later, I was headed home for the day and something felt not right, something felt “light.” That’s when it hit me. I left my prized possesion at a restaurant in Long Island City, which was nowhere near me at that time. I already have a million things to do and making a trip out to Long Island City and back just to pick up my bag was not something I felt like adding to this list.
At BeenVerified HQ, we’re proud of the team we’ve built over the years. Building company culture takes time and truth is, you can’t force it. More than four years in the making, there are characteristics of our team that we can now say with a fair amount of certainty. For example, we don’t shy away from any challenge, no matter the size. We care deeply about one another and respect the many differences amongst the individuals that make up the whole. Collectively, everyone is pretty good at ping pong, with Danny (that’s me!) being by and far and away the most dominant.
Another part of culture may be considered a little less flattering. We have some terrible dressers amongst us. Baggy pants, hooded sweatshirts, and untrimmed facial hair are just a few of the plagues that have infiltrated our highly guarded culture (sorry for the visual!).
Last month, we asked our users to share their experiences using BeenVerified and the feedback we received was amazing! Your stories created a flood of positive energy throughout our organization and we can’t thank everyone enough for their thoughtful submissions. While each individual story was important in its own way, we can only give away five iPads. If we gave away anymore, we just may have to increase our pricing! (kidding)
A big congrats to our five winners. Now, without further ado, check out the stories from our featured winners. Enjoy!
It has been four years since we started BeenVerified with the goal of adding transparency into our digital universe and what a ride its been. Like most small businesses, we experience our fair share of ups and downs, failures and successes.
That’s why we’re pretty excited that Inc. Magazine featured the BeenVerified story as a case study this month. Check it out to learn more about how we started, where we are today and what the future holds.
As we continue on our journey, we wanted to thank everyone from our amazing community of users, to our friends and family who do not get to see us as much as they should and everyone in between. Finally, big thanks to Issie Lapowsky and the Inc. Magazine team for being so thorough and pushing the outer limits of our memory! We learned a lot from the experience.
Read the rest on Inc. and let us know what you think!
Rob Baedeker wrote a fantastic article in Newsweek Magazine recently titled “How to Make Money When the Economy is Failing.” The article chronicles two weeks in the life of Rob taking on a new role as “Rentrepreneur.” In short, Rob uses new and innovative start-ups to rent things out ranging from an empty room in his house to the usage of his backyard BBQ, to even renting out his dog to a park-going stranger looking to play fetch. In two weeks, Rob earned a total of $654.85.
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Black Friday is rapidly approaching and visions of overcrowded malls with parking spaces oh so far come creeping into our brain. Now, thanks to the social web, you can finally avoid circling around the parking lot banging your head on the steering wheel. With this in mind, we think this holiday season is a perfect time to try “collaborative consumption.” Continue reading
We live in a Google society. Everyone is busy Googling other people. (Heck, Google is even considered a verb in the dictionary!) Searching people is not only acceptable in today’s culture, it is celebrated. It has become so common place that some important ideas are often overlooked.
Search engines do a lot of things extraordinarily well, but people search is simply not one of them. Think about it. Search engines essentially spit back the information you are looking to verify in the first place. If you want a more complete picture, you need access to 3rd party, objective, transparent sources that search engines simply do not provide. Can we step back and analyze this further?
We are excited to share a terrific segment on ABC Philadelphia last week! Our own CEO Josh Levy sat down with reporter Shirleen Allicot and discussed online dating in the modern world and how BeenVerified can help you stay safe.
Check out the great segment below. Thanks to Shirleen and the ABC Philadelphia team!
The C-Suite is something often debated in management circles. Occasionally, when the business landscape experiences a major shift, the optimal C-Suite is revisited. For example, the explosion of technology lead to the Chief Technology Officer (CTO) and the explosion in data lead to the Chief Information Officer (CIO). However, we still feel there is one important player missing for this group. Every small business needs a Chief Negotiating Officer (CNO). Continue reading