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Michael Yavonditte Interview – CEO and Founder of Hashable.com

Michael Yavonditte is the former CEO of Quigo, which was sold to AOL in 2007 for $340M. Now he is the CEO of Hashable & Tracked. Additionally he is a shareholder or investor in: Meetup.com, Yipit… , Tracked.com, Klout, Voxy and Howaboutwe, among others. You can visit him at hashable.com.

Josh Hinds: Why do you feel Business Networking is important?

Michael Yavonditte: It’s important because people need to be able to connect with other people like them, or with people they aspire to work with or be like some day. It’s also good to meet people that might some day want to hire you.

Josh Hinds: Based on your experiences, which places and activities (online or offline) have you found best for meeting new people and expanding your business network and connecting with others?

Michael Yavonditte: I think Twitter has become a fantastic tool for meeting people, there’s little doubt about that, but it’s also very unstructured and very public, so not totally perfect for serious business all the time. Linkedin is great for research and job hunting, but is really not great for meeting people.

Josh Hinds: Can you share a personal “networking” success story with us?

Michael Yavonditte: We’ve had so many great networking stories with Hashable: founders finding investors, people being hired, business partnerships coming together.

Josh Hinds: Michael, you’re the CEO & founder of Hashable. I love the tagline that’s included (at the time of this interview) on the About Us page which states: “we help you capture awesome moments and track your strongest relationships” — when I read that I knew what you all are doing at Hashable was something that I wanted to share with our community here, which has a particularly strong interest in networking and connecting as effectively as possible. Can you tell our readers what you all do at Hashable, and in particular how they can tap into what you all offer and use it to their benefit?

Michael Yavonditte: Your first exposure to Hashable might be either our iPhone or Android app. When you sign up, set up your Inner Circle (your friends list), then begin using it to notify your friends of who you’re meeting for breakfast, lunch or dinner.

We also have a terrific feature called Just Met. That features allows you to pass your electronic business card to any person, whether or not they use our service, and let’s you receive their business information. All the info gets put into a cloud-based address book for safe keeping. You can learn more and try Hashable by going to hashable.com.

– Happy Networking, Josh Hinds
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  • Dunne Know

    So let’s see.  With four questions, Mike gives a “no shit” answer to the first one, two politician’s non-answers to the next two, and a fumbled opportunity on the last one.