November 5, 2010
This Weeks Follow Friday is on Minna Van @thenetworkhub. Minna is one of the 3 founders of a Co-Working space in Downtown Vancouver. She tweets with passion and a sense of humor. She also organizes a monthly meetup group called Vancouver Entrepreneurs! If you are an entrepreneur in Vancouver you should make an effort to get to know Minna. She’s as nice in person as she is online and I’m happy to have her as this weeks Follow Friday. One more thing, read the Fifth Question Carefully. She’s got big news congratulations Minna!. Its well deserved.
How long have you been blogging & tweeting?
I’m not an active blogger, I can only write when I have something I have to say. I’ve only really started blogging and tweeting because I was inspired by my very good friend Raul (@hummingbird604). I can actually pin point it down to when Raul moved into The Network Hub and it went haywire from there.
How did you get started?
I signed up for an account and didn’t know where to go or what to do. It wasn’t until I discovered Hootsuite – keywords, follow fridays, snooping on other people’s follower list that I realized wow this is cool! I’m like the fly on the wall in a room with a lot of smart people and I’m listening in.
What is your social media strategy?
I didn’t have one when I started but I knew that I had to be true to what our company stood for – connect, create, collaborate. I first connected with people, created relationships then it transformed into collaboration.
Whats your favorite topic to tweet about?
I LOVE technology and humor. I binge read early morning and super late at night, I tweet as I read. Yes I do read very fast for those who might wonder about the flurries of tweets at certain times of day.
Whats your favorite topic to blog about?
I love to blog more about my entrepreneur experience but sometimes it is too real and too hard to put it all into word. Although I think it is really important to share the entrepreneur experience and that is why I am very excited to announce I am one of the bloggers for Vancouver Sun website – blogging about entrepreneurship, the entire experience: the good, the bad and the really ugly. I also blog about food but I’m not a food critic, I can only summarize my experience as nom nom or not nom nom.
Do you have any advice for those new to social media & blogging?
There are too many rules, too many restrictions and I just want to say keep it simple and be who you are. Let it be an extension of yourself and like anything else, ask for help if you need it.
Do you own a business? If so tell us about it.
I am one of the three cofounders of The Network Hub. Hi @jaycatalan and @thehubzette!!! Jay and John are the other two cofounders. When we were looking for space for our database & programming company we couldn’t get space because we were too young, too new to business and we were students with no collaterals. We were then determined to create a space that is affordable for young entrepreneurs, mobile professionals and freelancers. It is a fraternity house for people who are in business for themselves but don’t like the isolation – we support each other, refer leads to each other and help each other through the roller coaster ride of being in business. Check out www.thenetworkhub.ca if you get a chance, we have amazing networking events and workshops for the community for free or at very minimal costs.
What are your hobbies besides blogging and social media?
I like tinkering with new softwares, languages and I confess, I am a beta-invite addict. New technology excites me!!!
Last weeks Follow Friday Profile was on @AdrianEden who will be speaking at the next Entrepreneurs Meetup.