Handshake 2.0 Turns 1.0 Today!

Fireworks photographs by Z. Kelly Queijo

For one year of joy and excitement – from our launch on July 28, 2008, to today, July 28, 2009 – Handshake 2.0 gives grateful thanks to its clients, visitors, partners, supporters, advisors, writers, interns, commenters…O, the number of people who helped create something from nothing!  In the world of "It's still who you know," we are so glad to know you!  Thank you, thank you!


"I'm thrilled to be able to say 'Happy 1st Birthday' to Handshake 2.0!  What a novel concept – a business that takes the time to focus and extol the value of other local businesses in the New River Valley!  Everyone at Handshake 2.0 is focused night and day on that one central idea, and everyone in the New River Valley – not just the business community – is better for it.  A very enthusiastic high-five to the Handshake folks, and best wishes for many more to come!"
Jeremy Hart, Coldwell Banker, Townside, NRVLiving.com

"I've been working with Handshake 2.0 for about five months.  I've know Anne Clelland for much longer and admired her drive and enthusiasm, but I did not relate what she did with social media and public relations to my business.  Later, over lunch one day we discussed my business and she offered, 'Let's just try HandShake 2.0 for a month or two for your business.' I'm glad I did.  I've made contacts in my industry I would not have made, there is more 'churn' in the market relative to our service, and our website traffic is up 14%.  Thanks H20!"
Barry Welch, Internet Databases, FurnishWEB

"Handshake 2.0 has been like a partner to 88Owls and a lot of the PR we have received has been largely due to their passion for helping companies, their knowledge of social media, and their exceptional writing skill.  Handshake 2.0 is a stand out."
Allan Tsang, 88Owls

"Where do I go to stay up-to-date on local and regional news? Handshake 2.0, of course! Congratulations on a truly successful year, Anne. I know I speak on behalf of many when I say you have branded Handshake 2.0 as THE GO-TO website showcasing the successes, talent and news of the region."
Lindsey Eversole, VT KnowledgeWorks

"I do enjoy Handshake and promote the site to folks throughout the region as the place to go for the latest in technology blogs.  You are a welcome dynamo in our area."
Sam English, CIE Partners

"Depending one whose statistics you look at, between 20% and 90% of businesses fail in the first year.  Wherever the actual number is, there’s no denying it is tough to survive the first year, and Handshake 2.0’s passing this mark is a testament to both the relevance of its content and the vision and persistence of its founder. The need for a thoughtful Web 2.0 presence is of growing importance in today’s marketplace, as customers and users demand more interaction and updated, useful information.  While helping its customers navigate this new world, Handshake 2.0 also manages to capture a timeless truth – that even in the Web 2.0 environment, it is the relationship that is of ultimate importance.  This is where Handshake 2.0 excels, and why it has succeeded."
Ken Maready, Venture Counsel

"If not for Handshake2.0, I would never have met Tyson Daniel of LimbGear!"
Wade Hammes, FITnoke, fiveFORTY Marketing and Design Group

"Congratulations on year one. You’re certainly a mover and 'shaker.'"
Tom FieldValley Business FRONT

"Anne's vision – every business blogs – has the potential to transform our community by creating a sticky online presence, while reinforcing the offline image of our area being the most wired small community in the U.S. Her site is an example of a hybrid media company equivalent to a local version of TechCrunch.com, a Chamber of Commerce, and the newspaper. She is our region's technology reporter and Handshake 2.0 is the community where it all comes together.”
Stuart Mease, host of Connecting People in the RNR, the Handshake 2.0 video series

"In only a year, Handshake 2.0 has established itself as a first-class blog, ranked in the top 0.3% of blogs tracked by Technorati. In addition, Anne Clelland is now the acknowledged regional expert on social media. Very few start-ups achieve that level of market success in their first year."
Jim Flowers, VT KnowledgeWorks


Photo credit: Z. Kelly Queijo. Camera:  Olympus Stylus Tough 6000 on loan to blogger Z. Kelly Queijo

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  1. Congratulations, Anne, on all your firsts!

  2. And thanks to you Kelly, ZKQ, for the brilliant writing, research, idea-creating and synergy you bring to my world and to all who connect with Handshake 2.0 in any way!

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