Saturday, October 08, 2011

Live Interview Thursday October 13th - Gina Bianchini on Mightybell

Join me Thursday, October 13th, for another live and interactive webinar with Gina Bianchini, co-founder and former CEO of Ning, and now creator of the new Web-based service Mightybell. Mightybell is based on the idea that "success comes from thinking big, but acting incrementally," and so the platform allows you to create and share an "experience." An experience is an organized series of step-by-step “actions” users can follow--however, in true Gina B. style, participants in a Mightybell experience are not alone and they become a community, able to comment, communicate, and support each other at every step. Now, if you're beginning to see the connection to education (social learning!), you're going to really enjoy this conversation with Gina as we explore Mightybell, her plans for the service, and its possible uses in the education world. If you want to explore Mightybell in advance, you can join over 650 fellow "travelers" in the experience I created called "Teacher 2.0: Using the Web for Your Personal and Professional Growth."

Date: Thursday, October 13th, 2011
Time: 5pm Pacific / 8pm Eastern / 12am (next day) GMT (international times here)
Duration: 1 hour
Location: In Blackboard Collaborate (formerly Elluminate). Log in at The Blackboard Collaborate room will be open up to 30 minutes before the event if you want to come in early. To make sure that your computer is configured for Blackboard Collaborate, please visit the support and configuration page. Recordings of the session will be posted within a day of the event at the event page.
Recordings: The full Blackboard Collaborate recording is at and a portable .mp3 audio recording is at

From Wikipedia: Gina Bianchini was CEO of Ning, which she co-founded with Marc Andreessen. Since leaving Ning in March 2010, she has been an executive in residence at the Andreesen Horowitz venture firm.

Bianchini re-emerged in September of 2011 as head of a privately-funded Palo Alto start-up called MightyBell, which is offering a social networking app designed for creators of "experiences" to offer step-by-step directions to those who might want to accomplish goals such as running marathons or going on survival expeditions.

Prior to Ning, Bianchini was co-founder and president of Harmonic Communications which was acquired by Dentsu. She has also held positions at CKS Group and Goldman Sachs.

Bianchini holds a B.A. from Stanford University and an M.B.A from Stanford Business School.

FULL DISCLOSURE:  I consulted for Ning in 2007-2008, and visibly represented the product in the education market during that time.


  1. Julia Hengstler12:33 PM

    Love the idea of the site/service but concerned about what it wants for Facebook integration--especially access to data others share with me--birthdays, etc. After that item, I returned and signed up with the service under "don't have Facebook" even though I do.

  2. Hey Steve,
    This seems to be a very intersting session which I would immensely to attend. Unfortunately I'll be teaching at this time.
    I was wondering if there will be recordings of this session so that I can catch up later.

    Many thanks,
    Bruno Andrade

  3. Hey Julia!

    Thanks so much for voicing the concern. We're not looking to do anything omnious or spammy with our requests.

    In fact, the reason that we ask for these permissions is for us to be able to show you similar people to you within a Mightybell Experience as well as offer the opportunity to post as seamlessly as possible to Facebook, Twitter, and Gmail when you complete an action or step.

    We're definitely excited to see that you signed up directly with Mightybell and thank you!


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