Back towards the end of 2017, my friend Sarah Bettencourt asked for me to join her on her podcast to chat about entrepreneurship. It posted this past Monday! We covered a ton of topics and the one I wouldn’t shut up about was Slack.
Here’s why I think Slack is interesting. There are a bunch of hidden communities around the world leveraging Slack as their communication channel and a place to cultivate an audience. The trick is you already have to have an audience to get the channel going, and you’ll need well over 100 people to use it often to bring in enough interaction.
Joining a Slack channel can be near impossible or extremely easy if the host allows it. Either way, the application creates a lot of engagement and opens up the door for a new kind of online social experience.
Side note: Discord is another chat app that falls in this same world, but with a focus on the gaming community. What’s amazing is their onboarding experience…holy moly it’s frictionless.
Instead of a music video, you get the lovely Sarah’s voice:
This week I’m sipping on mimosas with Anthony Catanese, as product manager at Beeline in Denver CO. Anthony made a near-cross-country move earlier last year with his wife from Jacksonville FL where he had begun initiating entrepreneurial conversations with community members. It was here where he met Eva Baker from The Teenpreneur and Teens Got Cents and then initiated a connection between him and me.
Anthony isn’t a traditional entrepreneur. He’s a product manager full-time and more of an entrepreneur facilitator, being that he likes to be an observer of conversations so as to bring different forces of nature together. Think of Anthony as the orchestra director bringing together musical artists who can go on to create and do great things together.
Even though he’s a wonderful facilitator, Anthony does have his own dreams of starting a business and diving deeper into the world on entrepreneurship.
In our conversation, we hold a conversation heavily around Slack and other tools that have helped him wiggle his way into the Denver and DenVR start-up communities. We also dive into two huge tips that have helped him and can help you have more successful connection based conversations.