MIVA, Inc. Lowell Robinson, 239/561-7229 Lowell.Robinson@miva.com
Last week I ran into my daughter’s room and excitedly told my wife that I thought I may have coined a term (this heady little insight is on my list of things to “do before I die”)….I was thrilled. I’ve been immersing myself in everything Web 2.0, ever since attending the Web 2.0 Expo. I was thinking about MIVA, Alot.com, and how interactive Media is being effected by the wave of Social Media. I was feeling relatively pleased with myself after having labeled my Miva project (We)iva – so that I can track my first 100 days at the company – and it hit me…this isn’t MEdia, it’s WEdia!
I did it! I coined a term…the euphoria was short lived, after I did a quick Google Search and realized the term has been around for a while now.
I’m not discouraged – I’m sure some day I’ll coin a term – either way – Wedia is a term I’m diggin’ right now.
The product team are killing it at Alot.com! In the past three weeks, I’ve seen 2 iterations of the home page. It just keeps getting better! Can’t wait to meet everyone.
You can see that the team is paying attention to the current zeitgeist online regarding tapping into the power of the masses. These downloadable toolbars help to make the users online experience easier, and more dynamic. I’ll write more about this later (I’m in the process of digesting some great information from a Harvard Business Review Article – “The Contribution Revolution” – Letting Volunteers Build Your Business. If past experience is any indicator, I’m sure I’ll stumble upon a few gems in HBR that can help out the manner in which MIVA is currently tapping the user base.
Last week I had the opportunity to attend the Cornell Johnson School EMBA information session at the Cornell Club in Midtown.
Recently I’ve been assessing my standing in my career, and I’ve been able to point out weaknesses that I need to address. I’ve been blessed to have a phenomenal undergraduate experience at Loyola College in Maryland. Upon graduating with a BA in Psychology I quickly determined that I needed to enhance my education in business. I then attended NYU’s School of Continuing and Professional Studies – receiving an MS in Direct Marketing by the time I was 24 years old. I had laser focus and determination to succeed, but little or no on the job experience. I’m going to be 34 years old in February, and after pushed myself in my career, I’m at a point where I am so thirsty for knowledge that I need more. More direction – more structure, and more information. I continue to devour business books, (both audio and print)…but I find that it’s just not enough. The interactive industry moves much too fast to become complacent. I’m more motivated to create something worthwhile now than ever before. I know that I have so much to learn, and I see no other institution better to provide that path than Cornell University.
I’m hoping to gain acceptance into the program for the July session. This program is highly unique with a true weekend format. This provides the ability to learn, and not have the program cut into your work schedule whatsoever.
I know I mentioned on this blog that I’m a bit obsessed with audiobooks. I’m thirsty for knowledge and I find that I can ingest the greatest volume of information as efficiently as possible in this format.
Recently I’ve been listening to another great audiobook called Goals! How to Get Everything You Want Faster Than You Ever Thought Possible by Brian Tracy. Setting Goals, seems like an obvious thing for professionals to do, but not everyone sits down and actually maps out what they’d like to achieve. I try to do this as often as possible. Trust me – it’s not as easy as you think, and it will challenge you to focus on what you really want. Give it shot.
Another audiobook that I’ve been “re-listening” to (I tend to go over the ones I really like a few times over the course of months). is: Today Matters: 12 Daily Practices to Guarantee Tomorrow’s Success
Jon C Maxwell discusses in this book how leaders are readers of themselves. He addresses the value of introspection, and self analysis. I continually address my own strengths, skills, weaknesses and current state of mind. Recently while doing this, it dawned on me that I’m a perfect candidate for an EMBA program. So I aggregated as much information on the topic as possible, and began to hone in on the Cornell EMBA program here in New York. Last week I attended an information session, and I’m in the process of filling out the application. I also met with the Dean of the Fordham University EMBA program. As I evaluate which program will suite my needs I’ll look to see which will help me develop new skills, fill in gaps in my current ability, and reinforce, and cultivate my strengths. Although I already hold an MS in Direct Marketing from NYU, I understand that I received this degree when I was much younger, and with much less responsibility in my work environment. Today as I find myself so thirsty for knowledge regarding management, I see an EMBA as the natural progression of my education. Who knows what the future may hold, but I know for certain that I will continue to grow, and change – because without change – there can be no growth. I not only commit to change, but I seek it. I know I’m not perfect, but I don’t hide those things from myself. I confront them head on, and evaluate how to improve them. I hope that you do too.
I have one week before I start my new job at MIVA, Inc. I’m excited and nervous at the same time. I feel like I’m getting ready for my first day of school. I’ve been aggressively thinking about what I can immediately bring to the table. I’ve compiled a list of questions that I want to ask each MIVA employee. I encourage any of you that are reading this to comment, and – either answer me directly – or I at least introduce yourself.
1. What’s the essence of what MIVA stands for?
2. What are some successes that each of your teammates share?
3. What has been a common trait of people that have failed at MIVA in the past?
4. Who are the 5 most influential people in the company, and why?
If you feel odd sharing this information in a public setting, then I encourage you to share with me directly at firstname.lastname@example.org
Looking forward to hearing from everyone.