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The Low-Down on “Peer Based Verification”

Meet Janet Jones. She’s the Chief Marketing Officer of BeenVerified, a former marketing executive at Goldman Sachs and a Harvard Business School alum. In the early days of BeenVerified, you could see Janet’s impressive LinkedIn profile for yourself. Unfortunately, Janet’s profile no longer exists, but we’ll get back to why in a second.

Like any savvy professional, Janet used her LinkedIn profile to leverage her Harvard Business School network by connecting with other alumni, students, and faculty. Can you blame her? In fact, within one week, Janet connected with 14 other LinkedIn profiles associated with Harvard. Continue reading

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Your Online Social Presence: The Double Edged Sword of Our Time

There’s a funny thing about the time period we’re in. On one hand, we have this great tool at our fingertips: the online social Web. It let’s us communicate with people around the globe, helps us keep in touch with family, and allows us to research anything we could ever need.

However, on the other hand, having that online social presence, particularly for businesses, can sometimes automatically put a veil of secrecy on your face. So, how do you have that sort of transparency as a business owner, something that our culture demands, without having a full blown privacy meltdown? You obviously can’t share every single detail, but there does need to be some kind of clear glass.
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3 Things to Try in 2012, Collaborative Consumption Edition

At BeenVerified, we’re sort of in love with a little thing called collaborative consumption. Collaborative consumption is a global movement to encourage the sharing of goods and services directly with people instead of through the traditional middle man (i.e. mega-marts and more established corporations).

So, while you’re writing those new year’s resolutions, why not throw a little collaborative consumption into the mix? Here’s how:

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What How I Met Your Mother Can Teach Us About Online Dating

At BeenVerified, we know a ton of you are finding that special someone online. Whether you’re using specialized services like match.com or you’re using popular platforms like Facebook or Twitter, we’re pretty sure finding the guy or gal of your dreams has gotten a little easier thanks to the social Web. ​

We can even see this in popular culture. For example, in a recent episode of How I Met Your Mother, main character Ted goes on a date with a mystery woman named Janet without doing any preliminary online research. His friends Barney and Robin think he’s crazy, having done a lot of the heavy background checking for him in past, the kind of research that basically resembles an episode of CSI.

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My Awesome Experience with Task Rabbit

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.

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For the Holidays, Team BeenVerified Gets Much Needed Fashion Update

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!).

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