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  • Lessons from a Year of Klout!

    by Megan on April 27, 2011

    A year ago today I had my first day at Klout. There were five of us, we were sharing a space with four other companies, and we were just about to launch Klout 2.0. Today, there are about 35 of us, we have our own gigantic space, and we just beta launched Klout 3.0. It’s been a crazy, busy, amazing ride and I have never been happier that I decided to join (plus I’m pretty sure this means some of my stock is now vested, so, woot!). So while I think the biggest lesson I’ve learned is that I have so much more to learn (cheesy, I know), I thought I’d share a few others things I’ve learned along the way.

    1. Culture matters. At a startup it’s not just work, it ends up taking up a lot of your life. If you’re not happy going into the office on Monday (or at least once you’ve had that first cup of coffee) you’re in for trouble. And, as much as this is about loving what you DO, it’s about liking the people you work with, wanting to make awesome things, and this weird thing that develops out of that that is work “culture.” Once upon a time I thought people who worried about work culture were crazy. Now I totally get it. No wonder all those consultants make so much money.

    2. Learn from the people around you. I’ve always been a big believer in learning by doing, but, it turns out, it is much less effective and — let me just say it — lamer than learning from smart people who have already gone through this. Or at least smart people who can help you break new ground together. Luckily Klout is filled with tons of smart people. I’m always happiest when I’m learning and Klout has been amazing for that.

    3. Influence is hot. I probably didn’t have to tell you that and who knows if it’ll last, but Klout is hot right now because EVERYONE is trying to understand and measure influence. It’s a space I personally find intellectually fascinating and, clearly, I’m not alone. Please hit me up for debates about influence, reputation, trust, and, although I hate the term, personal branding any day of the week.

    4. The social media community is amazing. I can’t even begin to count the number of awesome  people I’ve met through Klout and the social media community. Seriously, what a bunch of talented, kind, and funny people. Yes, there are haters out there too, but I try not to waste thought on them.

    5. It’s good to be challenged. We’ve had our fair share of debates at Klout and my coworkers will definitely be the first to tell you I don’t shy away from heated discussions. Although I like being right, I’ve discovered that there’s also a lot to be said for being wrong and learning from your mistakes. Perfection is overrated anyway.

    There’s actually a lot more I could add in here about the perils of trolls, personal vs work life, and many other lessons learned but five is a good number (being the youngest of five kids, I’m quite partial to it) so I’ll stop there. Have you had similar experiences/lessons in your job?

    • Randy Clark

      I think what I like most about this post is your voice. I know you were chatting to me. OK, if the content werenu2019t valuable I wouldn’t have listened.nn I was patting myself on the back the other day about the fine, funny, smart, take action, giving-caring folk I’d found on The twitter, when I realized It’s not me. The social media community is amazing and I feel fortunate to have found it. n

    • Familyfoodie

      Great post! It is amazing how much one can grow in one short year! Looking forward to your 5 year and 10 year posts!

    • http://twitter.com/MissSuccess Sakita Holley

      Congrats on your 1 yr anniversary! Great insights here.

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    • http://www.riolan.mx Edna Campos

      Great post and I agree with Randy..it is so easy to understand you through this personal approach, like we were right in front of each other or over the phone. Thank you for your insightful information. Edna

    • Nuclear Minds Inc.

      word

    • http://www.seanward.net Sean Ward

      u00a0You hate the term “personal branding”? I think it’s more accurate and poignant than even the term “social media”.

    • http://keaneiscool.com keane

      This is awesome. I love how you focused on the positive. A list any longer would be saying too much :)

    • http://twitter.com/thatgrrl Laura Brown

      One thing I learned from working on a big team at a dot com was to read/ learn from opinions opposing my own and take them seriously. I didn’t have to change my mind and agree with them but you can learn a lot by considering the other side, no matter how drastic, fanatical or impractical it seems. There is always a core of logic at the centre.

    • http://twitter.com/thatgrrl Laura Brown

      One thing I learned from working on a big team at a dot com was to read/ learn from opinions opposing my own and take them seriously. I didn’t have to change my mind and agree with them but you can learn a lot by considering the other side, no matter how drastic, fanatical or impractical it seems. There is always a core of logic at the centre.