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MINDSET SHIFT: EMPLOYEE TO ENTREPRENEUR

MINDSET SHIFT: EMPLOYEE TO ENTREPRENEUR
BY JAMES OH

Friday, August 19, 2011

BRANCHOUT PROFESSIONAL NETWORK


Hi Readers,




In conjunction with our recent announcement on the PROFESSOR SUPER CONNECTOR AWARD ON BRANCH, which we received from the Branch Out Network. We were then asked about this esteemed organisation.

It then struck our minds and decided to blog about this organisation for the sake and benefit of the readers, at the same time we hope more people will join us to create a greater magnitude of vibration. So, let us together rock the world. We hope by doing, we can return the favour to this organisation for the award it has given to our uplifting Blog.


Here, we promised you not to dwell into too many details of it. To help you to have a better understanding of this organisation, we append below the significant valuable information extracted from its website for your easy reference and understanding.


1. The overview of this organisation and the benefits of joining this organisation,


2. Its management team


3. With this, we encourage more readers/visitors to join in and make this network a better tomorrow.

1. OVERVIEW


http://branchout.com/about/productTour


Discover your Inside Connections at top companies


Everyone knows one of the greatest advantages you have when applying for a position at a company is actually knowing someone who already works there. Chances are, you're just one degree of separation away from your dream job and you didn't even know it! BranchOut gives you better visibility into just how connected you are by revealing connections you might have never known you had. You not only see your own connections (your friends), but theirs as well. With BranchOut, you can turn 500 Facebook friends into 50,000 professional connections. It's not what you know, it's who you know!


Search over 3 million job listings on BranchOut – Discover inside connections


Searching for a job has never been easier. BranchOut lets you easily search by location, position, company or any other keyword. There are no confusing filters that hide potentially awesome jobs from you because you didn't check a box or pick the right category from a list of hundreds. When you search for jobs on BranchOut, you will see great jobs but also your inside connections at each company. Unleash the power of your Facebook network on BranchOut.


Create your professional profile within seconds


Creating your professional profile on Facebook with BranchOut is a snap. If you have career info already in your Facebook profile, it's automatically in your BranchOut profile. If you have a LinkedIn profile, you can import your skills, education, and job history in as easy as two clicks. And don't worry, your BranchOut profile displays only professional data, there are no personal pictures or information from your Facebook profile.


Hiring managers and recruiters find job candidates faster, easier on BranchOut


As an employer, finding the right people for available positions can be a time consuming and a seemingly endless pursuit. With BranchOut, you can tap into your network to find qualified candidates who may already be familiar with your company. This leads to better filtering, lower cost and warm introductions to the most qualified candidates out there.


Discover your Inside Connections at top companies

Search over 3 million job listings — Discover inside connections


Create your professional profile within seconds


2.0 ITS MANAGEMENT TEAMS


The Team The brains and muscles behind BranchOut


Rick Marini – Founder, CEO & Chief Connector


Rick is a serial entrepreneur and pioneer in social media with more than a decade of experience in the consumer Internet space. As the Founder & CEO of BranchOut, he is responsible for setting the right course, hiring incredible people and letting them run as fast as possible… More


Rick is a serial entrepreneur and pioneer in social media with more than a decade of experience in the consumer Internet space. As the Founder & CEO of BranchOut, he is responsible for setting the right course, hiring incredible people and letting them run as fast as possible to build a service that can change the world. Previously, Rick was the Founder & CEO of SuperFan, a social entertainment platform that developed social games and Facebook apps. SuperFan's clients included CBS, MTV, Universal Music, Warner Music, Sony and others. Before SuperFan, Rick was the Co-Founder and Chief Strategist of Tickle, one of the largest social media sites on the Internet. In 2002, Tickle won the "Rising Star" Webby Award as the fastest growing site on the Web and became a top 20 global site with 200 million registered users and $40 million of annual revenue. In 2004, Tickle was acquired by Monster Worldwide for over $100 million. Rick received a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration at the University of New Hampshire, magna cum laude, and a MBA from Harvard University Graduate School of Business Administration. Rick currently serves on the Advisory Boards of Fwix, Lumos Labs, Stipple, Founder's Den, FIGHTER and previously Friendster (acquired by MOL). Rick is a huge fan of the Red Sox, live music and traveling the world. Less


Chris Merritt – VP of Sales and GM of Enterprise Products


Chris brings 20 years of experience and relationships to BranchOut, where he'll focus on building out Enterprise solutions and bringing them to market. He joins BranchOut from Yahoo!, where he most recently was responsible for their largest advertiser and agency relationships… More


Chris brings 20 years of experience and relationships to BranchOut, where he'll focus on building out Enterprise solutions and bringing them to market. He joins BranchOut from Yahoo!, where he most recently was responsible for their largest advertiser and agency relationships as VP of Global Advertiser Partnerships. He also led the turnaround and divestiture of Yahoo!HotJobs, which was sold to Monster Worldwide. Prior to Yahoo!, Chris was a Senior Executive with Monster, leading teams on the ground in North America, Europe and Asia. Chris graduated Magna Cum Laude from Auburn University, with a Bachelors of Operations and Systems Engineering. He also holds an Executive Education certificate from MIT's Sloan School. Outside of work, Chris serves on the board of the University Club of Palo Alto, and enjoys cycling, surfing and spending time with his wife and four children. Less



Greg Wong – Head of Business Development & Legal Affairs



Before joining BranchOut as the Head of Business Development & Legal Affairs, Greg worked at Yahoo! as a director of business development for Flickr, Mail, Answers and Groups and as director of legal & business affairs for HotJobs the Yahoo! homepage and other sites.… More


Before joining BranchOut as the Head of Business Development & Legal Affairs, Greg worked at Yahoo! as a director of business development for Flickr, Mail, Answers and Groups and as director of legal & business affairs for HotJobs the Yahoo! homepage and other sites. He was also general counsel at Engage.com and an M&A and venture attorney at Morrison & Foerster. Greg is going to use his deal making and legal expertise to help drive and execute on BranchOut's partnerships Greg came to BranchOut through an introduction from Chris Merritt our VP of Sales & GM of Enterprise Products. Greg partnered with Chris as lead counsel for HotJobs and they worked together on the sale of HotJobs to Monster. Greg grew up in New York and has a B.S. from Cornell University and received his J.D. from Cardozo Law School. He spends most his free time playing with his daughters, but Greg also loves surfing, skiing and cycling and is a huge fan of Arsenal FC and the Yankees. Less




Zack Onisko – Director of Product & Design


Zack is one of the founding team members of BranchOut and is a multi-disciplined product strategist and product designer. He has been working with some of the BranchOut team since 2003, previously at SuperFan and Tickle before that.… More


Zack is one of the founding team members of BranchOut and is a multi-disciplined product strategist and product designer. He has been working with some of the BranchOut team since 2003, previously at SuperFan and Tickle before that. His experience working in start-up environments has allowed him the privilege to own many products from every stage of the product development flow – from the idea stage to designing wireframes, mock-ups and prototypes; to delivering specs and managing the team of front-end and back-end engineers; to assessing and prioritizing project tasks; to QAing; launching live products; following through with analytic measurements and optimization; and iterating to maximize virality and revenue. Zack studied communication design and business at San Francisco State University. He is an avid music fan, collects guitars, is patiently browsing for a new motorcycle, and enjoys morning jogs around Lake Merritt with his fiancé and Australian Shepard. Less




Nate Smith – Director of Engineering



Nate is a founding team member of BranchOut. Nate is responsible for the architecture and technical design of BranchOut. Prior to BranchOut, Nate was a Senior Engineer at SuperFan and Tickle before that. Nate has a BS in Computer Science and Engineering… More


Nate is a founding team member of BranchOut. Nate is responsible for the architecture and technical design of BranchOut. Prior to BranchOut, Nate was a Senior Engineer at SuperFan and Tickle before that. Nate has a BS in Computer Science and Engineering from The University of California, Davis. On the weekends, Nate surfs, plays softball, and plays rugby for the San Francisco Fog RFC. He's recently put new strings on his bass and is looking to put the band back together. Less




Ray Siu – Director of Production


Ray is a founding team member of BranchOut. Before becoming Director of Production at BranchOut, Ray was a Web Developer at Tickle, specializing in social networking and creating viral applications. He was also a front end developer on Tickle's photo sharing site, Ringo… More


Ray is a founding team member of BranchOut. Before becoming Director of Production at BranchOut, Ray was a Web Developer at Tickle, specializing in social networking and creating viral applications. He was also a front end developer on Tickle's photo sharing site, Ringo, and a dating site, LoveHappens. He has an undergraduate degree from the University of San Francisco and has studied Multimedia and Web design at the Art Institute of San Francisco. Some of Ray's favorite things are the Notorious B.I.G., 7-11 hotdogs, his Xbox, McDonalds and the WuTang Clan. Less




Rebecca Meissner – Director of Enterprise Products


Prior to joining BranchOut, Rebecca worked as a Product Manager for Disney Interactive Media Group, as an HR Business Partner for Playdom, and as a recruiter for a number of VCs, private equity firms, and investment banks in San Francisco.… More


Prior to joining BranchOut, Rebecca worked as a Product Manager for Disney Interactive Media Group, as an HR Business Partner for Playdom, and as a recruiter for a number of VCs, private equity firms, and investment banks in San Francisco. Rebecca has her BA from University of California, Berkeley. Rebecca was introduced to the BranchOut team by a friend that also knew the CEO, Rick. At BranchOut, Rebecca is a Product Manager, designing new features, leading sprints, and improving overall virality. She also manages the teams HR and recruiting efforts. When not at work, Rebecca enjoys running, rowing, art galleries, and karaoke. Less


Don Sung – Director of Sales Development



Don brings 12+ years of online recruitment, advertising & enterprise sales experience to BranchOut, where he'll focus on sales & helping client be successful in social recruitment & media.… More


Don brings 12+ years of online recruitment, advertising & enterprise sales experience to BranchOut, where he'll focus on sales & helping client be successful in social recruitment & media. Don feels users deserve a better tool, and is compelled to build something new. Prior to BranchOut, Don was an early member of the core HotJobs sales team, where he was instrumental in the company's growth & sales efforts. Later, Don worked on International Sales Development at Monster, focusing on developing global solutions for enterprise clients & being an internal advocate for customers. He had the fortune of working with some of the best people in the business & sees the BranchOut team as some of the most innovative & passionate in the field today. At home, Don enjoys golf, skiing, tennis, and most of all, spending time with his wife & 3 daughters. Less




Mike Del Ponte – Marketing Manager


Mike oversees BranchOut's marketing, PR, and brand strategy. Before joining the team, Mike was the founder and CEO of Sparkseed, a global nonprofit that invests in the most promising young social entrepreneurs.… More



Trust the above information is of great assistance to you, as readers of this blog. As such, we believe that we have cemented our good relationship even stronger and ultimately will leave behind a good legacy similar to those of our ancestors who had chosen and left for us. By doing so, we believe their good efforts and times are not wasted, but we will continue to prosper.


Big thanks again and your continuous support and guidance is greatly appreciated at all times.


Together we make things happened for a better tomorrow.






James Oh







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