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Milestone and Thanks

Written by: Bill Sherman on Monday, 28 July 2008, 10:54 AM

This post represents my 100th post on

During this journey, I have been so fortunate. I’ve received amazing help from many other people–who blend brilliance and skill. So, I’d like to dedicate this post to them. I am humbled, and truly grateful for every bit of help and encouragement.

Rajesh Setty–My friend brother. He’s also the world’s most compelling advocate for blogs and personal brands. Once you meet him, you will have a blog. It’s just a matter of when. Without his patient encouragement, I’d never have started (or sustained) this blog. He’s now at 1100 posts on his own blog, and he’s been both mentor and inspiration.

Renee Hawthorne–There’s so much that Renee has done. She an incredibly skilled designer. The look-and-feel of this website represents her work. She also keeps the back-end technology current and finds creative answers to my questions of “can we do that?”

Naveen Lakkur–CEO of Compassites and author of Start2lead. Naveen lives in Bangalore, and we’ve shared many late-night conversations via Skype. His company transformed Renee’s design into a functioning blog. Naveen has a goal to be involved with 100 startups (as a leader or investor) during his career.

Peter Winick–Partner at the Center for Great Management. Peter’s gift is to look at an idea and push, nudge, and polish it. He’s helped me breathe life into this blog and find my voice. Whether it’s via phone or e-mail, his suggestions are always timely and dead-on.

Tim Sanders–Five years ago, Tim and I had deep conversations about networks. While neither of us used the term social capital, that’s precisely what we were discussing. Tim provided an initial vocabulary which set me on the path.

Readers and Active Commenters

  • Joe Franklin–for jumping regularly jumping in with comments and supporting stories;
  • Ray Bruels–who makes the blog part of his morning routine;
  • Dan Hawthorne of Cogniphany–for his support, feedback, and great comments;
  • Graham Southwell–for conducting a great interview for the BNI New Zealand blog;
  • Tamara Kerr, Principal at TriOpus–diving in and reading through the blog in a whirlwind;
  • Molly Fulghum–who reached out to provide some of the first reader feedback;
  • David Crowley, CEO of Social Capital Inc. for putting the principles of Social Capital into practice and sharing some wonderful examples of how social capital can help a distressed community.
  • Tara Hunt of HorsePigCow who helped get the word out about the blog; and
  • Mike Cayley of Social Capital Value Add for sharing a nice analysis of how Burt and Lin’s work ties to media production.

Thank you for joining this conversation and encouraging me to expand my thinking. Like any writer, I love feedback and comments–whether here on the blog or by e-mail.

6 Responses to “Milestone and Thanks”

  1. Rajesh Setty Says:

    Congratulations Bill.

    At the rate you are going, it won’t be too long to reach the next magic number – 1000 !!!

    All the best for this and everything else that you touch.


    July 29th, 2008 2:08 am

  2. Dan Hawthorne Says:

    Congratulations, Bill! It’s a great milestone to hit, and it’s been a joy watching you get to this point. And, like Raj, I can’t wait to see you hit the next milestone.

    July 30th, 2008 10:23 am

  3. Joe Franklin Says:

    Congrats! Looking forward to the next 100.

    July 31st, 2008 8:47 pm

  4. Bill Sherman Says:

    Rajesh, Dan, and Joe. Thanks! I’m glad to have each of you here commenting and reading!

    July 31st, 2008 10:58 pm

  5. Ray Bruels Says:

    More content! *Grins* I need more to read. Also need more videos. I really enjoyed the one explaining the combination of Social Capital and Thought Leadership.


    August 1st, 2008 9:24 am

  6. Naveen Lakkur Says:

    Bill, Congrats! It’s an amazing milestone and we are very happy to be a part your journey…keep it going…

    Naveen Lakkur

    October 27th, 2008 1:03 am

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