Video interview with Joe Johnston, CoFounder & CEO of Connect.Me, a new reputation and people discovery network. Connect.Me is creating a consolidated platform for social verification and trust in P2P and freelance economies. In 2011, Connect.Me won the prestigious Privacy Award from the European Identity Conference for its groundbreaking trust framework and business model. Previous to Connect.Me, Joe co-founded Popcast, the first P2P video broadcasting network, acquired by VideoEgg (SAY Media). Joe has also served as a consultant and advisor for startups, nonprofits and Fortune 500 companies including 350.org, GE, Limited Brands, and Interscope Records. You can find Joe @Connect.me & on Twitter @joejohnston

Joe talks about Connect.me & the story behind creating the site & the purpose behind building trusted networks.  Discovery through your social graph!  He also spoke about obtaining funding for the startup.  They obtained angel funding the bulk of which came from Seattle & Swisscom (the only startup in a seed round).  He spoke about the challenges of pitching their business.  He spoke about how much leg work & practice goes into raising a round!  He gave a few tips to become more successful at getting funded.  Get feedback!

The New Value Movement Panel @Future of Money & Technology Conference: Dan Robles, The Ingenesist Project; Joe Johnson, Connect.me; Patrick Murck, Engage Legal w moderator Dr Amy Vanderbilt, TrendPOV.com

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About the author

Pemo Theodore is a Media Publisher & Event Producer. She is Executive Producer of Smart Money Silicon Valley: Network with & Learn from Silicon Valley Investors! & NoPanels: Engage Directly with Investors & Industry Leaders; VCHangout: hangout with Investors! & PitchPerfect Silicon Valley: Craft your Pitch for Funding! She video interviews venture capitalists & angel investors EZebis: Winning the Venture Game! She is based in Silicon Valley & has been involved in online business for 10 years. She has been in small business for 39 years in Ireland, London, Canada & Australia. She also published a free ebook (the findings of 1 year research with vcs, angels & women founders) "Why are Women Funded Less than Men? a crowdsourced conversation" available on Scribd.

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