Welcome to E.O.K.

Who:  We are a very diverse group of successful business owners and entrepreneurs and those working to achieve their goal of becoming an entrepreneur.

Why:  We believe we all learn something from each other...no matter if you're on your 1st startup or your 101st.  We believe no one person has all the answers...it is impossible to build a company without help.

How:  Weekly tech talks published via YouTube, Ustream, and iTunes.  Monthly Lunch-n-Learn events; Scheduled crowd-sourcing; Peer Groups; Pub Nights.

What:  A non-profit focused on helping each member build successful startups through peer education and support.  

Please check the FAQ section if you have Questions. Your Board of Directors is made up of volunteers with a passion for seeing entrepreneurs succeed!

When:   Every 2nd Thursday 11:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. 

Where: Our monthly Wednesday meetings are held at Rodefer Moss 608 Mabry Hood Road, Knoxville, TN 37932

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Start with Why!

We've discussed this many times at Past EOK meetings but it deserves another post. If you haven't watched the TED Talk by Simon Sinek "Start with Why", you need to set aside a few minutes and get it done...now.See More
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Leonard Knight posted a blog post

Start with Why!

We've discussed this many times at Past EOK meetings but it deserves another post. If you haven't watched the TED Talk by Simon Sinek "Start with Why", you need to set aside a few minutes and get it done...now.See More
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Walter Lounsbery's blog post was featured

This is why Google Glass is Dead

I would be the last person in the world to say Microsoft is an innovation company.  They have squashed a lot of their best ideas, or bought out companies and made them a ho-hum part of the Microsoft Borg.  And that goes for Nokia, a has-been major cell phone manufacturer.  The new CEO, however, seems to have kicked things into gear.  And the product announced today, Microsoft HoloLens, is revolutionary.  It puts 3D objects into your field of view, sometimes integrated with physical objects like…See More
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Walter Lounsbery posted a blog post

This is why Google Glass is Dead

I would be the last person in the world to say Microsoft is an innovation company.  They have squashed a lot of their best ideas, or bought out companies and made them a ho-hum part of the Microsoft Borg.  And that goes for Nokia, a has-been major cell phone manufacturer.  The new CEO, however, seems to have kicked things into gear.  And the product announced today, Microsoft HoloLens, is revolutionary.  It puts 3D objects into your field of view, sometimes integrated with physical objects like…See More
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Jan 7

I had the most interesting experience last night. I was DM'd (privately messaged on Twitter) a few days ago and asked to attend a special Social Media event at Blue Coast Burrito downtown. At first I was a bit skeptical, but curiousity got the best of me (and they offered free food and margaritas!) and so I went.

Several active tweeters were there (probably 20-30), along with some other people, and we were told to mingle and enjoy the treats for a while. Long story short... Blue Coast Burrito initiated a crowdsourcing moment and tapped into a room full of marketing and tweeting professionals to discuss how social media can be used in social business. We had some great discussion with several opposing views, and the restaurant got some great ideas.

THEN they brilliantly tapped into our resources once again to help promote the restaurant. They asked us to compete with each other to spread the word about restaurant specials. We were all tasked to tweet specials and ask our friends to retweet us. Anyone who retweets us tweeting the special while in Blue Coast Burrito restaurant gets the special!

For example, if you get seated at Blue Coast Burrito and tweet:

Doing now! RT @cleverkibitzer: One free appetizer @MargaritaLoft if you RT this while dining there (good Dec 2-11) #BCBApp

You get a free appetizer. If you tell your friends about it, they can retweet it too and get the special. 

Blue Coast Burrito took crowdsourcing to a whole notha level (SNL reference) with this one. I'm sharing this with you not only because it is a great story in being resourceful, creating, and smart, but because it reinforces how valuable EOK's crowdsourcing is. WE should be doing things like this.

Tags: business, creative, crowdsourcing, marketing, media, social, strategic, tweeting

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Thanks Kathi for being a part of our experiment!  Our Margaritas go to 11 (Spinal Tap) (big smile)

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