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Ben Behrouzi

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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 that will compete with the traditional algorithms for what is deemed as “valuable” content to us all. Its challenges lie in the filtration and mass integration of both the content and the act of sharing to the Real Time Web. There remain major aspects of the Web that have not yet integrated “... (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)

Producers vs Destroyers

Over many years and with many trials and tribulations in both business and in my personal life, I have been convinced that in this world there are two types of people; those that build and those that destroy. Those that build embody the positive spirits of creativity, love and creating value. While, those that destroy embody the weaknesses of hatred, ego and laziness. The differences are that one group produces, is generous and thinks in terms of “we”. While the other group clings, criticizes and destroys in order to feed the basest of human qualities and advance the “self” at th... (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)

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)