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Ben Behrouzi

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Its hard to imagine that its been almost 25 years since my parents secretly smuggled many of our family members out of Iran due to brutal religious persecution.  Persecution that is unfortunately picking up once again in todays time. A reader asked me to provide more info about this portion of my background and so I offered this short post. The 1979 revolution of Iran put in place a theocracy that among many other horrific things, directly executed over 200 Bahai's, destroyed Bahai holy places, burned thousands of homes, denied everyone access to higher education and spread mass propoganda labeling all non Muslims, specifically the Bahai's, as spies and terrorists.  As a result Iran's lower class was stimulated into a dangerous mob that resulted in many more killings and threatened increasing harm in addition to the harm already offered directly by the new Islami... (more)

Reply.com Continues Growing at Unprecedented Rate

Reply.com lifts Beta off its locally-targeted online marketing platform as it posts enhanced features and significant profits.  In the face of a struggling economy, Reply.com has posted over 50 percent revenue growth in the Automotive and Real Estate categories and significant profits over the last several quarters. Since its founding in 2001, Reply! has been a leader in pioneering locally targeted online marketing, including lead generation, in Real Estate, Automotive, Lending and Home Improvement, driving multi-million annual revenues and profits.  Its Enhanced Click(TM) and P... (more)

Real-Time Search and Five Reasons Why “We” Will Change the Web

Search on Ulitzer If you don’t understand why the Real Time Web is huge, you will soon. Thanks to micro-blogging sites like Twitter, a constant stream of human-posted content has infiltrated the Web. This growing infiltration has created a bottoms up approach to content creation that via the progressive support of rapidly developing applications has and will continue to empower every individual to co-create what is deemed as “important” on the Web. The Real Time Web serves as both the database that informs us of what is happening right “Now” and the human touch to the content th... (more)

Startups and Progressive Governance

Startups and startup executives all over Silicon Valley intensely debate around how, when and how much governance startups should apply to their operations when considering the challenges facing them at the moment and the challenges that lie ahead.  These sometimes grueling discussions take place at executive meetings, board meetings and manager meetings when a startup moves form one phase of growth to another. The inflection points between each phase of growth manifest challenges and hurdles that begin to frustrate managers as they operate.  It is important to note that these c... (more)

Two Ways to Enhance Employee Happiness During a Recession

I was once asked by Forbes to offer up some experience around some actions companies can take during tough economic times like these to maintain or even increase employee happiness and wellbeing. We all know that without a happy and thriving team, there's no growth, especially in a recession. At DotNext we strive to employ a two pronged approach to increasing team happiness and wellbeing during recession times like these. First Method: First, we immediately roll out substantial, structured and predictable performance based compensation in the form of bonuses and spiffs. Nearly a... (more)