Behance’s Head of Strategy on How to Build Scale & Keep Improving

Will Allen, Behance’s Head of Strategy & Operations, recently sat on a pannel discussing building a brand from scratch and what it takes to run a successful new business, which was then featured on

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Much like Intel founder’s Andy Grove’s point that only the paranoid survive, so too, was the advice provided to our Walter’s Day audience by Will Allen, Head of Strategy and Operations at Behance, an online platform that gives creative professionals from around the globe the opportunity to showcase their work widely and efficiently. (Behance gets over 75 million page views from over 10 million visitors a month. Talk about building scale fast.) “It’s about looking at your current product every day and being dissatisfied with the status quo.”Success in this market takes the right balance of patience and aggressiveness,” he counseled. “We have over 100 metrics for determining how to make our product better. You have to know in your gut, and learn from your customers, when to make a change or even to reverse course. If you stand still, you will fall behind.”

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Behance Portfolio Reviews #2: October 2012

Following a successful first week back in MayBehance‘s creative network is back with Portfolio Reviews week two, where designers are once again gathering across the globe to meet other creatives and present and gather feedback on their work. The event is occurring from October 29th to November 5th, and will happen across the globe (last time in 422 cities).

In May, 4,000 creatives came together from New York to Malaysia, all with varying levels of skill and experience. No matter what, it’s a great way to network with fellow designers, but if you are actually searching for a solid crit, this is where to find it.

If you’re interested in attending the biannual event, you can expect a short welcome and spotlight presentation, an hour-long set of portfolio reviews and a night of mingling and drinks.

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Behance Feature on Business Insider

Business Insider took a well documented tour of Behance’s New York office, met the team and chatted with our CEO and Founder Scott Belsky on how the network can be utilized as “a powerful search engine for creativity.”

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Behance Named “Website of the Day” on Pocket-lint

Pocket-lint writes:

“At Behance, they showcase the best work from all over the world, so if you’re looking for talent the net is cast much wider. If you’re a creative professional looking to get yourself noticed, this site puts you in control, and puts your portfolio in front of thousands of prospective new customers every day.”

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From Forbes Online: “Why You Should Kill Your Ideas”

New ideas can be like a drug, says Scott Belsky, co-founder of Behance, a New York-based company focused on empowering creative professionals. “For a passionate person, the more you care about what you do, the more you’re trying to solve a problem, the more ideas you’re going to come up with,” he says. “There’s a tendency to be addicted to the energy and excitement of new ideas, but that’s not a long-term high – it’s short-term.” That desire for variety is easy to understand, says Belsky, but if you want to accomplish anything substantive, you’ll need to stop chasing novelty.

The real battle, he says, becomes focus and sustained effort: “As you enter the project plateau, it’s about how to keep yourself engaged, even how to trick yourself into being engaged. That’s the art of execution.” So how can you resist the siren call of sexy new ideas? Here are three tips from Belsky, author of Making Ideas Happen: Overcoming the Obstacles Between Vision and Reality.

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NYTimes Feature: Showcasing Your Work, in an Online Portfolio

Scott Belsky, chief executive of Behance, an online platform for creative work, says that when managers look to hire or promote someone, they want to see more than just experience. “They are also looking for that person’s process, how they do their work, who they collaborate with, how they test ideas,” Mr. Belsky says.

Some portfolios show an early version of a project, the final version and the iterations in between, he says, or reveal a process by telling the story of how the project was accomplished.

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