Category: social media

Introducing Pinguin’s All Day AMA Event!

This Thursday, June 15h we will be hosting our first ALL DAY AMA with some pretty incredible hosts. We have reached out to founders, journalists, and influencers across industries to bring this lineup together. Check out our hosts below and be sure to join us on Pinguin for an event that is sure to be both fun and informative no matter what industry you work in!

AMA Host: Kelly Ann Collins

Kelly Ann Collins is an entrepreneur and advisor with expertise in social media, communications, branding and business development. She’s the founder of Vult Lab, a social media strategy and business development company. Kelly Ann is also the co-founder, president and CMO at Kittr, Inc., a software company that’s redefining the way influencers, bloggers, small business owners, startups and nonprofits post to social media.

AMA Host: John Henry

John Henry is a serial entrepreneur, investor and managing partner at Harlem Capital PartnersAt the age of 18, John left college to pursue what became his first company, an on-demand laundry service. Within just two years of launching Mobile City, the company was successfully acquired. Henry works with early stage companies both through his non-profit incubator, Cofound Harlem and through his minority-owned venture firm, Harlem Capital Partners. John also is the host of ‘Open For Business’ Podcast.

AMA Host: Thomas Ma

After being rejected to over 100+ internships, Thomas Ma decided to venture into entrepreneurship to prove myself. Thomas Co-Founded Sapphire Apps, which has a network of 100+ influencers with a reach of over 100M followers. Sapphire Apps combines ASO strategies with influencer networks to help mobile companies increase their mobile engagement. In addition, Thomas is a career coach at ‘Career Podium’ which is a fresh, modernized and technologically advanced solution for job seekers and employers.

AMA Host: Manu ‘Swish’ Goswami

Manu (Swish) Goswami is a 19-year-old sophomore from Toronto, Canada studying Peace, Conflict, Justice Studies and Ethics, Society and Law at the University of Toronto. He is an award-winning serial tech entrepreneur and innovator, UN Youth Ambassador, early stage tech investor, LinkedIn campus editor, social media personality and TEDx speaker. ‘Swish’ is one of the world’s youngest venture capitalist, winning Canada’s Top 20 under 20 award. He is currently focusing his energy on writing a book on personal branding and growing his businesses.

AMA Host: Taylor Lorenz

Taylor Lorenz is a journalist and editorial strategist. Currently, she is the Senior Editor and Director of Emerging Platforms at The Hill where she covers national politics and the Trump administration. In Addition, Taylor also is a tech reporter for where she writes about digital culture, social media, memes, and internet stars. With an impressive resume that includes consulting for the Daily Mail, Refinery 29, The Atlantic, WordPress, and Maxim, Taylor also wrote articles about YouTube stars, conducted on-camera interviews for, and provided content strategy for emerging platforms such as Snapchat Discover and Wishbone.

AMA Host: Niv Dror

Niv Dror is the head of social and content strategy at Product Hunt. After graduating UC Santa Barbara at 20, Niv joined Rothstein Kass as an associate focusing on Hedge Fund and Venture Capital clients, where he also led the Pricing & Valuation team. He is one of the youngest candidates to pass the CPA exam at age 21.

Fewer connections, but more connected

Social networking has become an increasingly crowded and yet impersonal space, a problem I blame, perhaps ironically, on the explosive rise of social networks. In a world where social has connected us to more people than ever (over a billion people are now on Facebook), yet, somehow we feel lonelier and more distracted as a result of it. This is by design.

The effect is definitely one of the most unintended consequences of having a billion people on social media and having 300 or more, on average, friends or followers. I think what’s happened is, we’ve been so keen and focused on connecting to one another that we’ve overlooked the importance of being connected to things that personally matter to us. This is where Pinguin makes its entry.

Social networks make their money by having you on their platform as long as possible. I beleive this to be a poor way to measure a social platforms success or value. Instead, what if you measured net positive contribution? Or avg amount of time well spent? What if we made social networking more valuable and less distracting with an engineers user experience to do just that. What if we engaged only with the things that mattered to us? What if we were able to immediately tap into a community that shares a similar affinity for that thing or topic we also love? We’re fed up with meme factories, social collateral damage, minimal or flat engagement, it’s getting old quick. That is why we’re building Pinguin.

In conclusion, I urge you to next time you’re on your social network of choice, stop and think for a moment. How much of the content you saw did you enjoy? How much do you think you actually engaged with? and did you feel “sucked in” to something that didn’t really matter to you? My bet is that you’ll quickly become immediately aware of all the wasted energy and time.

I’ll end on that note and let you come to your own conclusions. Feel free to ask questions in the comments. I’m happy to answer any you might have. Stay tuned for Pinguin’s upcoming release. We’ll be re-launching in early April with our revised product. I look forward to your feedback!


Josh Purvis
CEO/CoFounder of Pinguin