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Posts by John T. Meyer
1498_b93cbefe19_small December 5, 2010 by John T. Meyer

This week's Sunday Video features Facebook founder and young billionaire, Mark Zuckerberg, in his recent appearance at the Web 2.0 Summit in San Francisco. In this "Conversation with Mark Zuckerberg" Web 2.0 co-founders, John Battelle and Tim O'Reilly, talk to Zuckerberg about the state of Facebook and the future opportunities to make existing industries more social. This is one of the strongest interviews I've… read more

1476_16aea45560_small November 19, 2010 by John T. Meyer

National Entrepreneurs' Day is in full swing and I've already read many posts, tweets, and comments of how people are celebrating. Celebrations include a pitch to investors, giving away Tim Ferris' "The 4-Hour Work Week" to employees, and actually taking time off from work (which is about the complete opposite of entrepreneurial, but well-deserved). For all the details on today's celebration check out my post earlier today: "Celebrate the first-ever National Entrepreneurs’ Day…today!" To understand the complete story of today's event you have to go to the source of this movement, David Hauser… read more

1471_0b083c7994_small November 19, 2010 by John T. Meyer

From the Silicon Prairie to the Silicon Valley and all around the world, today is a day for entrepreneurs to celebrate. And President Barack Obama says so! It's true, November 14th through November 20th has… read more

1466_1acbe699b7_small November 19, 2010 by John T. Meyer

Sioux Falls Believe it or not Sioux Falls has more than just cornfields and cows. In fact, recently named Sioux Falls #1 "Best Small Place for Business and Careers." (Image from This was the seventh consecutive year Sioux Falls has held the top spot. Forbes' annual ranking evaluates communities based on 12 factors including costs of living and business, job growth, income growth, quality of life, and cultural opportunities among others. Sioux Falls has been the only city that has ranked in the top 25 in at least eight of the… read more

1400_7f2ddf058a_small November 3, 2010 by John T. Meyer

Whoever told you that email is dead is wrong. Email addresses are still where the gold (or money, unless you're Scrooge McDuck) lies. Thanks to tools like Flowtown, you can now use all those emails you've been collecting and turn them into real marketing power. Flowtown is a social media marketing tool that takes your customer list of… read more

1350_51bb838000_small October 14, 2010 by John T. Meyer

With the proliferation of social networks and online profiles it's hard to organize your online identity. Every site wants you to use their site as your home base and it's hard to know what links to share and place on your profile. Well, it's time to take control of your identity thanks to sites like and Both sites offer incredibly slick and… read more

1255_cfd22fddd9_small September 13, 2010 by John T. Meyer

Sioux Falls You could call it one of those offers you can't refuse. When John Battelle called up Blend Interactive and said that he wanted them to submit a proposal to make an interactive map for his annual Web 2.0 Summit, the Sioux Falls firm decided it was an opportunity they probably shouldn't pass up. Blend Interactive is a design and development firm… read more

1181_dd8ce479e5_small August 18, 2010 by John T. Meyer

Sioux Falls Every good roadtrip leaving Omaha must have a pit stop in Sioux Falls! With 15-plus years of various involvement on the internet under his belt, technology whiz… read more

1172_2a58567fc1_small August 16, 2010 by John T. Meyer

Sioux Falls President, editor, author and radio talk show host are just some of the many hats that design guru Debbie Millman wears. This Thursday, August 19, Milliman, president of AIGA… read more

1162_212f782e22_small August 13, 2010 by John T. Meyer

Sioux Falls I witnessed the power of Big Omaha this past May when I traveled all the way down to Omaha from Sioux Falls and then met an incredible designer, Carla White, who lives in my own backyard. Not literally, but in the community of Sioux Falls which doesn't have a big yard. Carla and I kept in touch and I recently sat down with Carla to talk about… read more

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