A Look Back

The Yeniverse is Expanding!

We now have 659 Yenizens in the Yeniverse (as I am writing this blog post), which means our community has grown more than 50% since May 1st! I have only been working on this project for two months, and yet, it feels like we have already grown so much since I have started and I couldn’t be more excited for the future.

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People, Products, Profit – In That Order

One of my favorite books of all time is from the man, the myth, and the legend, Ben Horowitz and his hard-hitting “startup-building bible,” The Hard Thing About Hard Things.

I can’t tell you how many times I’ve read this book since I bought it back in 2014! I keep it very, very close.

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Reimagining the YEN Brand

Brand development can be a nightmare for companies, especially startups. Where do you start? How do you know your brand identity is good? Does our brand properly reflect who we are as a company? These questions can cause headaches for anyone and they certainly have for us at YEN.

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Announcing: The YEN Global Community Meetup!

The team working on YEN is completely distributed, but that doesn’t mean that we do not like getting together in person every once and awhile, and we believe that our community would like more opportunities to do the same.

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Getting to Know: Marty Bauer

Continuing our series of “Getting to Know” with our team, where team members answer five questions. Check out previous posts on James, SuPeter, John, and Clay.

Today, we have our newest addition to the team, Marty Bauer. Marty will be owning much of our go-to-market strategy and getting us across the finish line and beyond.

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The YEN Book Club

A quick Google search for ‘benefits of reading’ returns about 4,010,000,000 results and one for ‘book clubs’ returns about 752,000,000. But you don’t really need four billion pages of internet to know that reading is such a great tool in the kit for leveling yourself up and book clubs are a great way of doing so.

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Community Spotlight: Raven Sky

Continuing our Spotlight Series where we highlight members of the YEN Community!

This week, we have Raven from Fernandina Beach, Florida.

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Reimagining Chat

When we first launched our private beta to a select group of folks in October of last year we didn’t originally launch with Chat – we had yet to build it out and we weren’t entirely sure how to best implement this feature within the context of our unique community.

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YEN Community Playbook

I gave this talk in-person at our most recent San Francisco Retreat – I hope that posting it here provides you with an overview of not only how communities get put together but also some of the more fundamental building-blocks that you can think through as you begin to work on your own community-building projects!

Good luck and have fun!

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A Visual Retrospective: The SF YEN Retreat 2019

Where do we even begin?!

We had an unbelievable time hanging out with so many of you this past weekend! Starting with the Escape Room and then a full day of workshops, community, fun, and so much food (h/t James)!

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