Thursday, August 20, 2009

What's Squidoo?

Squidoo is the popular publishing platform and community that makes it easy for you to create "lenses" online. Lenses are pages, kind of like flyers or signposts or overview articles, that gather everything you know about your topic of interest--and snap it all into focus. (You're looking at a lens right now).

It's a supersimple, fun and powerful way to share your interests, build your online identity and credibility, and connect with new readers and friends. It's all free, and you could even earn a royalty for charity or yourself.

"Squidoo gives you a simple way to gather, share, and spread information on a topic you care about."

Squidoo LLC was founded in 2005 by bestselling author, noted blogger, speaker and Original Squid, Seth Godin. The stated function of the site is to make it easy for people to create free pages (called "lenses") on their interests, and to earn royalties for their good content. Nearly 40% of all Squidoo users donate the royalties they earn from the site to charity. There are more than one million handbuilt lenses on Squidoo.

Other key members behind the scenes at Squidoo

Board members: Tom Cohen and Lisa Gansky. Over the last 20 years, Tom has advised a variety of companies in the traditional and new media worlds on financial and strategic matters. His clients have included Time Life, Time Inc., The New York Times, "NBC", Martha Stewart Living and Rolling Stone magazine. Tom has also worked with Internet companies such as Yoyodyne, E-Exchange, and Medcast. He has served as a Special Venture Partner with Flatiron Partners , a leading internet focused venture capital fund. Prior to his work in the Internet, Tom spent four years acting as Chief Executive Officer of the New York based brokerage firm of Herzfeld and Stern. Lisa is a marketect & entrepreneur with a strong interest in building teams & breaking the edges of formerly happy business models. Most recently, she was co-founder and CEO of Ofoto , and GM of Eastman Kodak's Digital Imaging Services division. In addition to her roles at Ofoto and Kodak, she serves on the boards of The Jane Goodall Institute and Dos Margaritas. In the nineties Lisa was CEO of Global Network Navigator (GNN), the first commercial web site and portal. When GNN was acquired by America Online in 1995, she continued on as VP of Internet properties and services, overseeing Webcrawler, GNN, AOL online advertising and e-commerce.

Designer and Advisor Red Maxwell is Founder and President of onramp Branding, an unconventionally audacious design and marketing boutique based in North Carolina. A three time winner of the London International Advertising Awards, he has developed major brand introductions for Danone Foods, Foster's Brewing Company and Planters LifeSavers. Red is also a pioneer of internet marketing and has launched online sites and promotions for Hanes, Sara Lee, Accenture and Yahoo! Prior to the glamorous world of geek marketing, Red started the in-house advertising design and photography departments at Polo Ralph Lauren.

Contributing Designer and former Ninjtern, Sahadeva Hammari, was responsible for some of our coolest badges and art.

Our logo, and much of our crucial early design, is the work of Aaron Sagray. Aaron is Creative Director and owner of Feverish, a strategic design and marketing firm that helps small and medium businesses develop uniquely practical tools to successfully sell their products and services.

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