Jeff Immelt Just Nailed Why Too Many Startups Pivot Their Business Too Late
"Besomebody has successfully pivoted from a learning marketplace for fun stuff like painting and surfing, to a training platform that teaches people specific skills needed for specific jobs and then places them in those jobs, even guaranteeing jobs when working with partner employers like The Kroger Co. or MassMutual."
Former P&G manager’s ‘Shark Tank’ appearance pays off
"Kash Shaikh, a former Procter & Gamble Co. marketing manager, said his appearance on “Shark Tank” paid off despite not landing a deal with any of the venture capitalists on the TV show. Shaikh, who worked for the Cincinnati-based consumer goods company (NYSE: PG) for nine years, said the firm he founded recently sold the iPhone app he had pitched on “Shark Tank.”"
'Shark Tank' Took A Bite Out of This Founder, But He Swims On (And You Should Too)
"So, you could understand if the 'Shark Tank' experience would leave this entrepreneur down for the count. But Shaikh's response is a case study of the stalwart; one forged from years of remarkable resilience. He told me, 'At the end of the day, I walked away with another valuable experience, and great exposure for the company.' You can take inspiration from Shaikh's resilience and from six lessons he shared with me."
Former P&G executive pitches brand on ‘Shark Tank’
"Shaikh is as much a motivational speaker as an entrepreneur. His messages of encouragement are posted to Besomebody’s website and Facebook page as well as his Twitter account. His firm is now working on employer-driven learning programs under the brand extension Besomebody Paths, which could line up workers for companies. Candidates will be able to participate in vocational training to learn skills required for careers in fields such as food and hospitality, health care, energy and automotive."
Be Somebody Enters the ‘Shark Tank’: A Look Inside the App That’s Changing Lives
"There was an open casting call for Shark Tank, and about 2,000 people showed up. I wasn’t even planning on auditioning, but it was the end of the day and the line dwindled down, and I figured, why not? I literally was the last person to pitch the producers. We were all supposed to give a one-minute pitch. I ended up talking for 15 minutes and two months later, I was pitching the Sharks."
After raising $1 million just with an idea, Kash Shaikh’s Besomebody set to launch Learning Paths
"In February 2017, #besomebody will be starting a new part of the company called Learning Paths. This a vocational program to help people get the training they need to succeed. Shaikh says that college students are graduating with loads of student debt, but not the essential skills and training they need to get the jobs they desire, and says that the Learning Paths will help them gain those skills."
#Besomebody to Pitch 'Shark Tank' on Their New Career Learning Program 'Paths'
"Early stage apps and technology platforms are rare pitches on the show, but as Shaikh says, the appearance on the show alone is valuable. With a primetime audience of nearly 6 million viewers and a strong global following, that’s a whole lot of new eyes checking out the app in the iTunes app store. According to a press release, the appearance also puts #Besomebody in exclusive company: less than 1% of applicants actually make it to pitch the sharks."
Startup founder takes passion-based app into ABC's 'Shark Tank'
"No matter what happens in ['Shark Tank'], we've come a long, long way thanks to our passionate community around the world," Shaikh said in a blog post about his appearance on the show. "Together we've taken a small idea with a big vision and propelled it to a global stage."
#Besomebody – Experience Marketplace
"#Besomebody is a marketplace for experiences. You browse the app to find unique activities in your area that you’ve always wanted to try or are interested in learning more about from an expert. There’s a wide variety of experiences to choose from including things like swimming, sports, snowboarding, cooking, entrepreneurship, art, fashion, writing, yoga, filmmaking, camping, horseback riding, indoor skydiving, and hundreds more."
"Kash Shaikh is working to make BeSomebody an educational platform, allowing people to share both passion and knowledge with each other. As Shaikh says: “it enables people to live, share and monetize their passions, and learn in the best way possible.”
A technology app with such bold plans needs funding to grow. Will a Shark want to #BeAnInvestor?"
Why Three Apps — Eva, OneHive and Besomebody — Just Might Take Over Facebook
“Besomebody is a social network app with a mission. It allows members to learn, teach and live their passions with others who share similar goals. Many people have used Besomebody to escape from their boring job, to share their passions with like-minded people or earn extra income by becoming a “passionary.” Instead of trying to be just another social network with a few more features, Besomebody breaks ground by helping people live their passions and find content related to their interests. That’s why I said that it’s an app with a mission.”
‘Experiences’ Startup Besomebody Is Moving to Boston From Austin
“Besomebody, the platform for booking experiences like paddle boarding and yoga, is moving its core operations from Austin to Boston, founder Kash Shaikh told a Facebook Live audience Wednesday. Shaikh said two of the company’s four full-time team members will stay in Austin. And Shaikh said he’s headed to Boston, himself, and cited three primary reasons for the move.”
Besomebody raised $1M to inspire people to do what they love
“For the CEO, Besomebody solves the common dilemma between doing what you love and doing something that came earn you some income. He said that some top teachers are earning as much as $3,000 a month, ‘for teaching what they love to do.'”
#Besomebody Heads for Boston to Try Changing the World
“The app that has given plenty of Austinites the opportunity to learn and experience everything from yoga to photography is making big moves to Boston to expand its work. The Besomebody app has been a big part of the recent motivational movement, connecting learners to teachers through a marketplace that sets up informal, experiential education.”
Capital of Texas Awards. General Motors Rising Star Award. Winner: #besomebody.
“After just six months in Austin, Besomebody, Inc. was awarded the prestigious “Rising Star Award” at the Capital of Texas Awards in a ceremony at the Radisson Hotel in downtown Austin. The award - voted on by the community and presented by the Greater Austin Hispanic Chamber of Commerce - recognizes young companies that are making a big difference in the community.”
This Startup Is Building a Sprawling Play Space Out in Austin’s Hill Country
“It has a large lounge area and kitchen for cooking classes. There are a couple rooms for out-of-town athletes and artists, a yoga and dance studio, a small movie theater, a shop to repair dirt bikes and a huge climbing wall. It also has an office suite for the startup’s team, a motocross track outside and it will soon add a skate park.”
6 Life Changing Apps with Austin Roots
“Contrary to what your parents have preached to you for years, college isn’t for everyone. Now if you want to learn a new skill, you can explore real life experiences with #besomebody. With this app, you have the option to be a learner or a teacher.”
Besomebody founder matches passion with profit
“You’ve probably heard about the ‘sharing’ economy, where people share their homes, cars and time with others, and earn money while doing it. Kash Shaikh is a pioneer in the “passion” economy, where people share and teach what they love — and make money doing that.”
Austin web-based motivational community shifts HQ to Boston
"The Austin startup that was launched three years ago by former GoPro Inc. executive, Kash Shaikh, is relocating to Boston to capitalize on the city's population density and the prevalence of colleges and universities to complement Besomebody’s development of “experiential education.”
Movement first, app second: The #besomebody story
“But #besomebody was taking on a life of its own, and soon, Shaikh was getting serious email. The kind of email that moved him, emails about people quitting their jobs and living their passions (real-life example: a used car salesman-turned-photographer); emails that, ultimately, challenged him. Was this becoming a “thing?” Was the leader of a movement living his passion?”
3 Must-Have Back-to-School Apps that are Made in Austin
“Colleges and universities flood their students with on- and off-campus activity options. But, for those who don’t necessarily want all their connections to tie back to school, there’s BeSomebody. This passion-based app connects users based on common interests, such as hiking, writing and cooking. And you can see who is nearby that may be interested in sharing in one of those passions.”
Besomebody Raises Another $1M To Expand Its Experience Marketplace
“Besomebody announced yesterday that it has raised another $1 million, doubling its total funding. As founder and CEO Kash Shaikh explained a year ago, he’s trying to build a company around his previous “#besomebody” social media efforts. The idea is to help people tap into their passions, creating an app where they can find content related to their interests and either book or host experiences.”
Besomebody App Plans to Expand to SoCal by 2016
“Word is getting around. We made the news in San Diego. smile emoticon Big thanks to Neda Iranpour and San Diego 6, The CW – XETV for featuring our app and sharing our stoke with the folks in SoCal. We will open up our Experience Marketplace in California in early 2016!”
Going ALL IN on your passion | Kash Shaikh | TEDxUWMilwaukee
This talk was given at a local TEDx event, produced independently of the TED Conferences. Kash has worked at some of the most recognized companies in the world. During his journey, however, Kash realized that he wasn’t living by his own mantra of ‘Besomebody’, to follow your passions and go ‘all in’ on it. He then made some drastic life changes and learned some insightful lessons along the way.
Besomebody Inc. Raises $1M To Build A Passion-Focused Community And Experience Marketplace
“So if, as Shaikh argues, this is a movement, what’s the movement actually about? Well, he said he didn’t want to limit it with definitions (“Definition is the enemy”), but if you haven’t picked up on it yet, the basic idea is, yes, to follow your passions. That’s been the focus of Shaikh’s blog posts and videos, and with the Besomebody platform, the company will try to help “passionaries” (look, that’s the word they’re using) make money.”
Social-content startup Besomebody snares $1 million in seed funding
“Shaikh said the money will help construct the “World’s Platform for Passion®.” This is a mobile-based technology that enables users, called “Passionaries,” to engage in their interests “through curated inspirational content; discover people around them who share their passions; and unleash their passions by learning from experts,” Shaikh said.”
This Amazing Austinite Is Enabling Thousands Of People To #besomebody
“The purpose of #besomebody is truly quite simple: Be passionate, do what you love, and share the passion and positive energy with the rest of the world. In other words, the #besomebody team’s aim is to recreate the universe with passion at the center.”
#Besomebody app allows people to teach what they love and earn money
“‘People are taking classes they don’t care about to get majors they never intend to use, without even thinking about the opportunity cost of wasted time, energy and resources,’ said Kash Shaikh, founder and CEO of Besomebody, Inc. ‘When you layer on the unshakeable weight of student debt that saddles three out of four graduates, it becomes insurmountable for a lot of people. We’re creating a passion-centric, experience-rich path to an evolving American Dream.'”
Social media company Besomebody raises seed funding
“The Austin-based company founded by CEO Kash Shaikh received the financing from the Ohio-based E.W. Scripps Co. Besomebody plans to use the capital to build what it calls “the world’s platform for passion,” a mobile-based technology designed to enable users to post inspirational content, according to a Thursday news release.”
Besomebody Gets $1 Million to Launch its Passion Platform in Austin
“‘The community that #besomebody has built organically is remarkable,’ Adam Symson, chief digital officer at Scripps, said in a news release. ‘They’ve built a powerful and authentic following through quality content, storytelling and audience engagement. While #besomebody is building community exclusively through today’s most interactive platforms, this has been the mission of Scripps for the past 135 years.'”
Besomebody, Inc. Closes $1 Million Seed Funding Round from Scripps to Build Platform for Passion
“Shaikh says the company can learn from the immense success of sharing or peer-to-peer economy companies such as AirBnB, Uber and Lyft and unlock people’s intrinsic desire to do what they love. He says tapping into this desire will lead to the next economic revolution – what he has dubbed the passion economy.”
Locals set off on #besomebody world tour
“A few weeks ago, I met with #besomebody founder Kash Shaikh; Higher Level Art artist Danny Babcock; local marketing entrepreneur Josh Heuser of AGAR; and his video content guy, Snow Rowe, at Heuser’s rock and roll bar, Mainstay. The four were working on a release video about their upcoming #besomebody world tour, which will take them to 15 cities in 11 countries and four continents in about five weeks.”
Austin-based smartphone app to launch nationwide
“The #besomebody movement also continues building momentum, said Shaikh, who late last year spoke at Austin-area schools to discuss his pursuit of passion. He hopes to again host #besomebody weekend in Austin this fall after last year’s inaugural event drew more than 100 attendees who enjoyed 11 different experiences throughout the city.”
Passion Project: New company Besomebody wants you to go “ALL IN”
“Motivating others has been the driving force behind Besomebody since it was founded by 35-year-old Kash Shaikh in 2013. But its story goes back to ’09, when Shaikh was the head of cause marketing for developing countries at Procter & Gamble. Visiting 43 countries in two years, the University of Texas alum blogged about his experiences and came up with the hashtag #besomebody. Inspired by his motivational stories, others started sharing the hashtag on social media, and a movement was born.”
Personal motivation-focused startup BeSomebody lands $1M from E.W. Scripps
“BeSomebody, a startup built out of a social media campaign by founder Kash Shaikh, has closed a $1 million initial funding round from the E.W. Scripps company. The campaign started in 2009 with Shaikh’s use of the #besomebody hashtag on Twitter. Shaikh then started the ‘#besomebody.’ personal motivation focused blog in 2011.”
Be Somebody to inspire the world
“Captured by the idea of ‘tagging the world’, and bringing together social media and street art, Shaikh and Heuser brought on renowned Cincinnati-based graffiti artist Danny Babcock to create these ‘punch in the gut’ pieces to “inspire people to do what they want to do”, and filmmaker Matthew ‘Snow’ Rowe to document the journey.”
Platform for passion: Student Government invites campus to meet #BeSomebody founder Kash Shaikh on Friday
“‘I would share my stories using the hashtag and others picked up on it,’ Shaikh said. ‘I think people are hungry for a human platform ? one with passion and values.’ Since then, the hashtag has turned into a digital platform that connects more than 4 million people in more than 180 countries. People use the tag to express whatever they are passionate about through social media, and the brand has grown exponentially as a result.”
#besomebody: How A Hashtag Became A Movement Became A Startup
“Inspired by his travels across the world, Kash Shaikh started sharing his experience on social media with the hashtag, #besomebody (www.besomebodyblog.com). After stints at Proctor & Gamble and GoPro, Shaikh soon realized he had a bigger mission–to turn what was a hashtag into a global movement.”