Category: Press

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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Behance Tips in The New York Times: Showcasing your Work Online

NYT’s “Career Couch” feature this week published advice from Behance CEO Scott Belsky on showcasing your work in an online portfolio – why it’s important, and how to get started. We pulled out a few key takeaways below, and check out the full version here.


Q. Some of your colleagues and friends have created Web sites listing their professional experience, credentials and samples of their work. Should you have some sort of online portfolio, too?

These days, one of the first things a recruiter or hiring manager does after receiving a promising lead is to search for the person on Google. Creating your own Web site or displaying your work on a larger platform gives you some control over what is found. Even if you aren’t looking for a job, keeping an online portfolio can be a way to keep track of your accomplishments and industry activities.

 

Q. What does an online portfolio typically include?

It usually includes samples of your best work, including articles, reports, PowerPoint presentations and links to blog entries. Portfolios are especially useful for work that can be presented visually, like photography, illustrations and ad campaigns.

An online portfolio can also illuminate your thought processes. 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.

Q. Where on the Web should you place your portfolio?

Platforms are available for creative professionals to display their work visually, including Behance, Carbonmade and Dripbook; depending on the platform and package, the cost ranges from free to about $40 a month.

Platforms like these can be lead generators, too, as they are often searched by people looking to hire, Mr. Belsky says. You can also register a domain name — often for less than $10 a year — and create your own regular Web site. Designing your site can cost thousands of dollars if you use a Web site designer, or less than $50 a month if you use a site building tool.

Mission Accomplished: Behance Portfolio Review Building Creative Community Online and Offline


GraphicDesign.com did an extensive roundup and review of Behance’s recent, first-ever global Portfolio Review Week.

They wrote:

“What do a Graphic Designer in Karachi, Pakistan, a photographer in Treviso, Italy, an Illustrator in Bogota, Colombia and an Art Director in Montreal, Canada all have in common? They represent just a portion of the 4,000 creatives worldwide to participate inBehance Portfolio Review week kicked off at Grind NYC on Tuesday, May 15. The event turnout was just one remarkable aspect of the event series described by Sarah Rapp, Behance Community Manager as being “designed to help people up their game by sharing and getting feedback on creative work at an in-person critique event.””

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AVC: Where To Find Strong Talent

Union Square Ventures’ Fred Wilson includes as an ideal resource for locating new talent to join your team. In a recent blog post, Wilson discusses how entrepreneurs can find and recruit strong talent for their companies. Check out the full article here.


A roundup of recent Behance Press

Creative Discovery Company Behance Raises $6.5 Million From Jeff Bezos, Union Square Ventures And Others – Business Insider

After 5 Years Of Bootstrapping, Behance Nabs $6.5M From USV, Jeff Bezos, Dave Morin & More – TechCrunch

Behance Goes from Bootstrapped to VC-Backed with $6.5 Million Funding - Pando Daily

Behance Lands $6.5M From USV and Others, Gets Ready to Scale – BetaBeat

After 5 Years Of Bootstrapping, Behance Nabs $6.5M From USV, Jeff Bezos, Dave Morin & More – The Chronicle

Amazon’s Jeff Bezos backs Behance, a place for artists to showcase their talents – GeekWire

Behance shows off your creative talent, attracts its first investor – Venture Beat

Behance Helps Web Designers Increase Visibility

Joomlavision walks readers through setting up their Behance profiles, portfolios & ProSites to gain optimal exposure, highlighting the network as an ideal tool for web designers. In addition to praising the site, they included some great visuals from ProSite:


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Web Designers are Using the Behance Network to Increase Visibility

Designmodo reports that; “Behance gives web designers the opportunity to display their work, network with peers, and find an easier path to exposure than they would with traditional marketing practices. With millions of users worldwide and a high amount of traffic, the Behance network has exploded in growth and is attracting not only great web designers, but also the people who hire them.”

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