A note from our founder

Amazing about.me community,

The last few weeks have unlocked a wide range of emotions for people all around the U.S., the world and for many of us at about.me. I’m sure this issue is personal for many people in the about.me community. I know for our about.me team, this is no exception.

We wholeheartedly support the importance of a sensible, well-vetted and understood immigration policy. We also believe in the equality of every individual, and deeply value every member of our about.me community worldwide. Respect and inclusion have always been foundational to about.me. As everyone who is a team member or has previously worked at about.me knows, we are a company built on diversity. Our team is diverse, not just in professional backgrounds, but demonstrably in gender, nationalities, religions and socio-economic upbringings. Our diversity is our strength. It has fostered an environment that embraces and believes in diversity of ideas and respects different opinions. It is core for us at about.me.

Taking ownership of treating people with care and love can be a profound act. In addition to a personal contribution to the ACLU, we’ve updated our social media icons, replacing it with a colorful heart. This change symbolizes our commitment to use our platform to deliver a message of inclusiveness and respect that empowers our community to authentically present themselves to people interested in learning more about them.

I hope you’ll embrace this design and the symbolism it represents. We are so incredibly thankful for and inspired by the breadth of members of our community – a heartfelt thank you.

Tony Conrad
Co-Founder & CEO, about.me

Turn Your Ideas Into Reality with This Entrepreneur’s Process

Ever get an idea that you want to make a reality, but have no clue where to start? Davida Arnold wants to help you put that idea into motion.

Davida has developed an effective acronym as part of her creative process that’ll help guide you through the process of taking something from a concept to fruition. After launching 3 successful restaurants in New York City, Davida saw that the women around her needed something. They needed a voice and a way to connect with powerful women on and offline. And so Girl Game Changer was born.

Davida is much more than a founder. As a mother, entrepreneur, public speaker and more, Davida is the perfect person to go to for insight when it comes to startups. In this interview, she gives us her model for taking an idea and making it real. If you’re in the area, check out Davida’s event, and don’t forget to check out her page!

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5 Steps to Developing an Online Following

Tom Law is a British entrepreneur and singer-songwriter. Having grown a following of over 100K across his social accounts and with 5M+ views on YouTube, we thought we’d ask his thoughts on how to develop a following. Off to you, Tom! 

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Introducing about.me for Slack

At about.me, we’ve always been passionate about helping you create meaningful connections with other people from all over the world. Today, we’re excited to introduce the about.me Slack app.

For many Slack teams and communities, learning about your fellow team members can be difficult. We surveyed over 200 people who use Slack for small teams, communities, and more. We found that over 70% of teams don’t have an introduction channel, making it difficult to get to know other people in your Slack team.

Our Slack integration will help you seamlessly introduce yourself, learn about your team members, and create valuable connections within your Slack team or community.

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How One Digital Nomad Was Inspired to Make Life Easier for Everyone

While traveling, it was hard for Mischa Armada to find great places to stay. Mischa wants to fix that for fellow digital nomads.

After living, working, and traveling through Asia, Mischa was inspired to start StayAwhile, a startup that helps you find and stay in stylish hotel around the world for a flat fee. Mischa cofounded StayAwhile to help people like her. With the rise of remote workers traveling the globe, Mischa’s definitely onto something special.

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How One Visionary Navigated Through Multiple Careers And Found Fulfillment

What came first, Sellah’s basketball career, his music, his modeling success, or becoming a founder? We’ll let you guess.

Learning incredible discipline from the strict rules and structure of a military family, Sellah had the grit to excel as and NCAA basketball player. However, while living out what felt like someone else’s dream, he decided to change course and give in to his underlying love for fashion and entertainment.

In this interview, we found out what it took for Sellah to become the first black male model to work in Shanghai, China, working with some of America’s most popular brands, including GAP, Nike, and GQ Magazine, and commit wholeheartedly to his passion. Keep reading to gain insight on this creative genius’ outlook on life. Don’t forget to listen to his music from his page.

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The Balancing Act of Being a Student Entrepreneur

James Base is redefining the way we network.

As a student at Temple University, James went into college with the intention of entering the realm of business. Tired of the ambiguity that surrounds graduating college and “finding your passion,” James took it upon himself to ensure a positive career path. James soon found that this was a common problem many young individuals face. Today, he’s the founder of Diversifyre, whose mission is to give all students the ability to find their passion or enrich what they already love with people they can share it with, without barriers.

What does it mean to be a student entrepreneur? Learn from James’ experience and get his insight on the balancing act. Don’t forget to check out James’ page to learn more about his company, Diversifyre.

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From Blogging to Bestseller: Mark Manson’s Story

Mark Manson successfully built a monthly readership of millions with his unconventional approach to personal development. 

This New York-based bestselling author, blogger and entrepreneur knows a thing or two about putting it all out there, and finding success in the process. Offering “a counterintuitive approach to living a good life,” Mark’s unexpected writing career began with blogging and evolved into a book currently listed as #1 on Amazon’s Motivational Self-Help New Release list.

Read on to learn Mark Manson’s personal secrets for becoming a successful writer and entrepreneur. Be sure to check out Mark’s page and grab a copy of his recently published book for yourself.

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Creating a Luxury Jewelry Brand Through Networking and Sustainability

At first glance, it’s obvious that a piece of MONIQUE PÉAN jewelry is unique.

But what’s really special about this luxury brand is everything behind the jewelry. Monique Péan, the designer, created the brand not only to share her designs with the world, but to combine her love for philanthropy, design, art, travel, and business. Today, the business is run by Monique and her husband, Stephen Glass, and is supported by some of the biggest names in fashion.

We interviewed the duo to learn more about their inspiration, how they built a team, and their top three tips for anyone looking to start their own company. Read on to learn more about the beautiful designs of MONIQUE PÉAN and don’t forget to check out Monique and Stephen on about.me.

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How Students Can Discover Their Personal Brands

Whether online or off, we all have a brand.

From the moment you meet someone, they immediately begin to develop an opinion of you and they quickly discover what they can expect and depend on you for. Knowing this, the key to the “Personal Branding” puzzle is clear. If you know what you stand for, you can use the tools available today to guide others to form a clearer picture of “Brand You.”

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