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I Got DFT’ed…And I Didn’t Like It.

I Got DFT’ed…And I Didn’t Like It.

Last week I was part of a panel discussion for TiE on the New York startup scene. I was invited to talk about my experience as both a TechStars Alumnus and founder of Red Rover and AlumniChoose. Before the event officially started, everyone was casually networking around the room. At one point a lady popped into my conversation and introduced herself and asked what I did. As soon as I finished describing AlumniChoose, she tapped the shoulder of someone nearby and said we needed to talk to each other. As soon as she brought the two of us together in a handshake, she walked away without saying anything. Then a few moments later, she tapped another person I was talking with and pulled him, mid-sentence, away from our conversation and into another one. I continued to watch her work her […]

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New Red Rover Feature: Get Your Follow On

Earlier this month, Tom wrote about the difference between communities based on weak ties and those built on stronger, face-to-face interactions. The strong-tie groups have a longevity that comes from the real-world relationships between members, while groups that are based on weak ties can form easily, but dissolve just as quickly if the members don’t maintain and deepen their connections. Web 2.0 platforms provide massive opportunities for weak, transient connections, and that’s part of what makes today’s social media so attractive—it provides opportunities for microinteractions, like Facebook wall posts, blog comments, and Twitter @ replies, which are easy, low-pressure ways to feel like a part of a group. Red Rover transforms those casual microinteractions into meaningful, long-lasting community engagement. Weak-tie relationships that begin with a comment or a follow can develop into real friendships, mentorships, and communities, which form around […]

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Red Rover Through a 7th Grader’s Eyes: A Day in the Life of a MicroIntern

Yesterday, technology teacher George Haines brought a group of his 7th and 8th grade students to our offices for a MicroInternship, a one-day opportunity to see what working in a tech startup is all about. Meaghan, our MicroIntern, spent most of the day working with us, and we were immediately impressed with her positive energy and sharp mind. Here’s what she wrote about her experience with Red Rover: Red Rover: an engagement platform for institutions and enterprises. Well, in the eyes of an average 13-year-old girl, that means absolutely nothing. But at the end of the day, that all changes.

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Red Rover Is Hiring!

We are looking for two awesome Rails developers to join our team. Red Rover is a profitable start up on a big mission – to accelerate the development of human potential by better organizing and connecting communities. Over 30,000 people use our software to connect to other people who share their passions and discover relevant information in their community. This work involves Ruby, HBase / Hadoop, and Lucene among other things. You are a great Rails developer looking for a start up with the right mix of possibility and humility. You respect what it takes to have paying customers using your app. You respect what it takes to keep those paying customers. You also believe in dedicating your time to a project that is doing something worthwhile for the world. In short, you share our values. If you want to […]

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Free Upcoming Webinar: Leverage Social Media to Increase and Measure Student Engagement

Free Upcoming Webinar: Leverage Social Media to Increase and Measure Student Engagement

We’re excited to open the digital doors for our FREE upcoming webinar: Leverage Social Media to Increase and Measure Student Engagement  Be one of the first 100 people to reserve your spot and we’ll send you a free special report on social media usage in higher ed. In this webinar you’ll learn: How to engage more students with fewer resources A framework to evaluate the effectiveness of your current social media strategy (Facebook, Twitter and blogging) Recommended practices of social media usage from institutional case studies How to turn online connections into offline engagement Date: Feb 15th 2011 Time: 3-4:15pm EST RSVP: http://redroverhq.com/webinar See you there!

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The Heartbeat of Red Rover [IMAGE]

The Heartbeat of Red Rover [IMAGE]

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The Red Rover Orientation Activity

Moving students from online connections to offline engagement is a goal of Red Rover. We want to help you find people who are excited about the same things as you within your community and then help you go do stuff around those interests. Facilitating connections around shared interests builds a sense of comfort which according to researchers, like Astin and Tinto, leads to increased participation and, ultimately, retention.  For FYE courses we co-wrote curriculum that uses Red Rover to help students understand the concepts of first impressions and digital identities.  We’ve received a collection of requests to write activities for orientation that use Red Rover to help connect students together better while at orientation. Below is the first, of many, outlines for ways to better implement Red Rover at orientation.

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Tis The Season To…Hire

With an amazing 2010 coming to a close for us at Red Rover and 2011 already looking like a landmark year, we're expanding the team and looking to recruit some amazing new people. Below are two roles we're hiring for in the next couple weeks. For both roles, they'd start off as trial contractual positions and if all goes well, move into full time positions within Red Rover within the first couple months of the new year. If interested, let us know, but know that creativity in submissions counts…   TITLE: Marketing / Sales Manager OVERVIEW: The Marketing / Sales Manager populates and manages leads through the sales funnel to contract signed and payment received as well as renewing partners. RESPONSIBILITIES: Lead Generation Setup / Logistics (Pre/Dur/Post) (Conf, Meetups, Mailings, etc) Drive Leads through the sales funnel Highrise CRM Management […]

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Starting Alumni Engagement Before Orientation

Starting Alumni Engagement Before Orientation

I created this deck to frame the conversation as to how Red Rover can support alumni departments with their goals. It’s cross posted over at the Swift Kick/Red Rover blog. The slide show can also be viewed and downloaded here.

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Beyond the Classroom: An Interview with Nic Ford

Nic Ford is a sophomore at Lewis-Clark State College in Idaho, and is a member of the Red Rover Ground Team. He’s working toward a career in Marketing, and has big plans for his campus radio station this fall. Check out Nic’s design work at Nicography.net. Nic spoke with us about using tools like the Red Rover Student Directory to take his education beyond the classroom: On social media: Like many, I started using MySpace way back before Facebook was huge. I remember having a Facebook, but not being able to remember the password because I hardly ever used it. Today, I even have Facebook on my HTC. Incredible. I do have a Twitter account and a blog. I’m not overly clever, so most of my Twitter use is for following some pretty funny people. On using the Red Rover […]

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