Today’s MeritShare innovator series interview is with one of Vizify’s founders, Todd Silverstein.
If you haven’t tried Vizify yet, you should. We were very impressed with how easy it is to use and how well it shows up on search results for your name. We recently recommended the service for the Mashable Article: You Will Be Googled.
Vizify helps you look your best online with graphical bios. They’re a series of interactive infographics that tell your story, from your most tweeted words to your career history and personal and professional interests. Vizify builds & updates most of this for your from your social media content, but we also provide themes and vizcards (bite-sized infographics about you) that you can use to truly make your bio all your own. Use your bio as you would a personal website and impress potential bosses, client, even dates.
Why did you start Vizify?
We were inspired by the growing importance of your online presence, when it comes to finding a job, succeeding in business, even finding a date. When you look at things from the side of the person Googling you to find out more, you realize that there aren’t really great solutions out there for pulling it all together into a constantly up-to-date, comprehensive, and engaging whole.
What are some of your favorite Vizify profiles?
Our Chief Security Officer: https://www.vizify.com/emma is a good example of the personality and style you can bring to your story.
What recommendations do you have for managing your reputation online?
1) Assume everything you post today is public. Don’t post anything online that would make you uncomfortable.
3) Most sites, such as LinkedIn, and Twitter allow you to either put links in your brief bio or to link to other sites. To help yourself be found online, it’s a good idea to interlink the sites you use together. Of course, we believe a Vizify bio makes a great destination to point to from other profiles.
4) Set up a Google Alert for your name so you can monitor what’s said about you.
5) One of the best ways to shape your online presence is to publish new and up-to-date content reflecting your accomplishments, skills, etc. If you’re unsure how to do that, or find it too time consuming, take a peek at our vizcards for some ideas.
Do you search on people online as part of your due diligence on job candidates, business partners, customers, or suppliers/vendors?
Of course, I look to see if they have a Vizify bio first! I also use Rapportive, a gmail plug-in, which does all the heavy lifting for you and displays social media profiles of the people you email.
What unique things do you do to create a unique work culture or engage your team/employees?
Every Wednesday (which is when we ship new code), we have a “5:05″ (borrowed shamelessly from Andy Sack’s model while we were in TechStars), where every team member has a chance to share their high & low for the week with the rest of the team. We’re also big on transparency– we have a monthly all-hands where we share our progress and numbers. We also do a team lunch together each Friday, which really helps keep the lines of communications open.
What mascot best represents your company culture/spirit?
Hmm, I’m sure my cofounders would disagree, but I’d have to pick dragons. Either that or breakdancing chickens.
What are some of your favorite new online/mobile services?
We thank Todd for spending time with us to answer our questions on the heels of a big product launch. Todd and has team just released “Vizcards” a fun way to create eye-popping graphics about yourself. You can reach Todd on Vizify or Twitter.