Fred Wilson, a VC and principal of Union Square Ventures, describes Behance as “a network of networks” on Business Insider. He writes:
“Our two most recent investments, one of which is unannouced, are networks where enterprises play a big role. The one I can talk about, Behance, is a network of creative professionals, many of whom work in enterprises like agencies. Behance started out as a place where creative professionals could come and showcase their work. But quickly organizations like schools, publications, associations and the like asked Behance to power their networks. These enterprises plugged into the Behance network and created a network of networks.”
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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 Forbes.com.
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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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Make Use Of breaks down how you can use the Behance Network to find good talent for creative work.
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Following a successful first week back in May, Behance‘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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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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“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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The Huffington Post recently featured a full slideshow and writeup for Murat Palta’s latest project. Palta is a Turkish student who created a series of “Ottoman miniatures” for his senior art project.
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