Leap Year is a new entrepreneurial comedy web series; we’re thrilled to see entrepreneurship and comedy coming together – seems like a good match if you’ve ever worked at a startup!
The site also speaks to entrepreneurs about their “startup stories” and experiences launching a business – including our own Scott Belsky and Behance. If you want some insight into Scott’s own story, how Behance came to be, and some of the trials and tribulations we’ve had over the years, this is the place to see it.
“A lot of folks who we talked to when we got started told us we were crazy. If everyone thinks you’re crazy, you’re either crazy, or you’re really onto something. And we started to gain confidence from the doubt….”
On Day One: “I was coming home from my full time job, Matias [Chief of Design] was coming home from his full-time jobs, and we were getting together at 9 PM over Chinese food to talk about the brand…”
Today, we participated in Walkabout NYC, a behind-the-scenes look at the workspaces of NYC startups in the spirit of “celebrating technology and entrepreneurial culture in NYC.” Along with startups like Blip.tv, Meetup, Thrillist, Vimeo, we opened our doors to anyone who wanted to come in and check out Behance. Visitors got to leave with an Action Product and some other Walkabout goodies.
We really enjoyed meeting some of the Behance Community in person! A big thanks to Harvest for putting this event on as a part of Internet Week.
Behance founder and CEO Scott Belsky shares his thoughts:
It makes me very sad to see some reputable design sites succumb to “community challenges” that are overt spec-contests for brands.
I’ve been pretty vocal about the problems with this sort of crowdsourcing. Namely, it (1) incentivizes careless engagement and poor output, (2) harms the creative’s reputation via attribution to the subpar work they submit, (3) causes problems for the client when work is re-used and creatives don’t care enough to consult, (4) strips the relationship out of any creative engagement.
Oh, and it marginalizes the value of creation itself and wastes a ton of valuable time.
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Today, connectivity and community are more important than ever. If you feel like you team isn’t fully tapping the potential of their community, maybe you’d like to tune into a webinar given by Behance (hosted by The Verizon Small Business Center) on building up and engaging with your business’s community.
Behance CEO Scott Belsky, along with Behance’s Community Manager Sarah Rapp will give tips on how to dominate community management and build up a kickass, thriving base. In the digital age, your community doesn’t want a call center and “PR Speak,” hey want a real person behind the brand, someone available not only to help them, but to offer new, creative ways to connect.
Wednesday, May 4th at 2:00 PM
The Verizon Small Business Center Presents: Building Up and Engaging With Your Business’ Community
Get a sneak peak into life at Behance in a new short feature on Entreprenuer.com about “Entrepreneurial Innovators.” While Behance founder Scott Belsky shares his thoughts on ideas, execution, and innovation, the video meanders through the Behance’s Soho office, offering a glimpse into Behance behind-the-scenes.
Full Video: The Innovators: Behance’s Scott Belsky
Senior Developers Dave Stein and Jackie Balzer
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In case you didn’t know, we have a kickass street-team of agents around the world representing Behance by planning events for the creative community, and acting as a local resource and lifeline to Behance in some of the biggest cities in the world. Recently, we added three new Ambassadors. And here they are:
Los Angeles, USA: Michelle LeClerc
Michelle LeClerc drew all over a perfectly good chair with a BIC pen when she was 5. Though critics agreed the improvement was unnecessary, they applauded her creativity & enrolled her in art classes. Michelle now occupies herself as a freelance Art Director + Designer in Los Angeles, where she’s managed to leave her furniture alone. She works with a wide range of clients from entertainment to retail, specializing in fashion, music & culture.
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Amsterdam, Netherlands: Karisa Jansen
Karisa Jansen is finishing up her studies in Advertising, Marketing, & Communications. She works part-time for Creative Agency edsonwilliams, who represents talented photographers and illustrations in hubs all over Europe. On the side, she organizes “Wednesday Dinners” in Amsterdam, a project bringing local people together in a comfortable, casual setting, allowing busy creatives to meet new people (locals or city newbies).
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Istanbul, Turkey: Gökhun Güneyhan
Visual arts and interactive media are what makes Go khun tick. He was just 12 when he started to teach himself web-developing. After years of self-teaching, he now designs for OgilvyOne (though his formal studies were in Political Science). Gokhun’s hunger to discover the unknown and learn something new each day drive him to travel as much as possible, where he finds himself inspired by different custom, ideas and behaviors.
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Out team is grateful to photographer Pascal Bejean for swinging by the office to take some quick shots of us in our element – and on our roof in Soho, New York.
It looked like Christmas morning here at Behance as we claimed our shoes from the folks at Simple. We’re grateful, and you can see, many of us abandoned the shoes we were wearing for our new kicks.
We’re pleased to host Simple’s Identity Design Showdown competition, and the shoes were an unexpected nice touch from them.
We love getting fan mail. (Does anyone not love getting fan mail?)
It means a lot to hear how Behance and The Action Method have impacted creatives and their workflow, and every so often, an email comes along that really makes us smile. We wanted to share with you the Onyx Group’s story.
This small creative agency recently changed direction, and needed to get organized. Someone stumbled upon Making Ideas Happen, and organized a Florida retreat for Onyx inspired by the ideas in Scott Belsky’s book. Everyone arrived having read the book and with prepared notes and ideas. A month after the retreat, they rolled out their new brand and website will a few cool features inspired by the book: Everboard (for brainstorming creatively), Transparent US (blog), Strategic Company Plan, and The Creatables (a backburner item geared to help creatives).
They say, “All of these events happened in about 60 days and we are well on our way to being creative and organized.”
We’re happy to play a small part in the reinvention of this group..
Competitions on Behance provide members an opportunity to submit their greatest work – whether it is a past project for a client or a personal project – for review by industry leading judges, talent scouts, and peers.
Whether the competition recognizes brilliant use of color, excellence in photography, or achievement in any other creative field, the competition provides an easy way to get more exposure and opportunity. Thousands of companies use the Behance Network to recruit top talent, and network competitions serve as yet another form of curation for companies to identify top talent.
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