Artbeating Presents to Panel, Models Global Partnership

Posted by Handshake 2.0 at 9:15 AM on August 2, 2011:

"French-founded company Artbeating presented its business model to a panel of regional corporate leaders on Friday, July 29, 2011, during their summer work-abroad experience at VT KnowledgeWorks in the Virginia Tech Corporate Research Center, Blacksburg, Virginia. In addition to providing useful feedback to the young entrepreneurs, this type of interaction fosters bonds of trust between globally distant partners and lays the groundwork for continuing inter-regional cooperation."
- VT KnowledgeWorks

I am neither an Athenian, nor a Greek, but a citizen of the world.
- Socrates

I was delighted and honored to be a member of the panel to which Artbeating presented its online marketplace for companies in need of designers in industrial, graphic, fashion, interior or motion design fields. I was particularly interested in the soon-to-be-released iteration of Artbeating.com in which a company can submit a brief and then select from, and negotiate with, the best designer for its creative project.

As part of VT KnowledgeWorks, I have attended dozens of presentations and pitches by young men with online enterprises.  What differentiated Artbeating's presentation from most of the others I've heard - and heartened me as well - is that the company is not seeking funding in the near future.  They want to create a superior product and service, then prove they have done so with the most fundamental measure of market value - revenue. 

In Artbeating Accelerates in Blacksburg, I wrote about the VT KnowledgeWorks Global Partnership's goal of establishing the Blacksburg, Virginia and Roanoke, Virginia regions as a global destination for companies seeking to accelerate their enterprises.  I would argue that Artbeating's presence in Blacksburg, Virginia, USA - an excellent one at that - is evidence of the VT KnowledgeWorks Global Partnership achieving its mission of fostering both the tangible and intangible benefits of global collaboration, partnerships and relationships.

Congratulations to Artbeating and to VT KnowledgeWorks.  You do us all -  citizens of the world - proud.

Artbeating at work in the JumpStart Community at VT KnowledgeWorks 
Artbeating.com team members at the JumpStart Community at VT KnowledgeWorks pictured left to right: Martin Houdbine, Charles-Éric "Charlie" Gorron, Romain Lauwerier, Mathieu Lima (Photo by Florent Mérian)

VT KnowledgeWorks is a client of Handshake Media, Incorporated, the parent company of Handshake 2.0.

Artbeating Accelerates in Blacksburg

Posted by Handshake 2.0 at 6:52 AM on July 26, 2011:

In addition to fostering collaboration, partnerships and interactions, a goal of the VT KnowledgeWorks Global Partnership is to establish the Blacksburg and Roanoke, Virginia, USA area as a global destination for companies seeking to accelerate their enterprises.  Artbeating.com participated in the 2010 VT KnowledgeWorks Global Student Business Concept Challenge and returned in the summer of 2011 to Blacksburg, Virginia to do just that.  Artbeating.com is part of the JumpStart Community at VT KnowledgeWorks.  We asked Martin Houdbine, co-founder of Artbeating.com, to tell us more about Artbeating and about the company's choice to return to Blacksburg.  Martin kindly replied.

Artbeating.com is an online marketplace whose goal is to connect companies' needs and freelance designers' offers in industrial, graphic, fashion, interior or motion design fields.  Online, a company can submit a brief to our community and then select the best designer for its creative project. Artbeating's business model is based on a commission system.

Artbeating also provides information and various collaborative tools in order to enhance a designer's creativity that can become essential to their day-to-day creative life.

Artbeating at work in the JumpStart Community at VT KnowledgeWorks
Artbeating.com team members pictured left to right: Martin Houdbine, Charles-Éric "Charlie" Gorron, Romain Lauwerier, Mathieu Lima (Photo by Florent Mérian)

Artbeating was founded by four French students in December, 2010.  Since then, the community has been built (more than 500 designers use the website every day) thanks to the tools provided (Portfolios, Trends etc.). The second version of the website, which enables companies to submit their briefs, will be released soon.

To further develop our company, we chose to spend the summer in Blacksburg, first because we met plenty of interesting people, both professionally and personally when we participated in the Global Student Business Concept Challenge.  We had the opportunity to come back and share with people who have known our project since last year. Thus, we would be able to stand back and see what choices drove us from point A to point B and what things we would have done differently if we had to start all over.

Blacksburg is also a wonderful business place, especially in the technology and web technology fields. Many high growth companies are established there, such as Modea, a very interesting brand, also in the design field. We had the desire to come here for a different point of view on our business, and to create or foresee opportunities. 

In terms of our goals for our work this summer, we want, by September 2011, to have a global vision for our business.  Then, we seek feedback on our service in order to see if we could settle in the United States. We also want to observe business operations in other sectors, and try to adapt and apply them in our business.

Finally, we want to meet as many people as possible, to be able to ask for feedback and opinions when we need it, and to offer the same in return.

Welcome back to Blacksburg, Virginia, USA, Artbeating!

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You're invited to read more about Artbeating on Handshake 2.0.

The 2011 VT KnowledgeWorks Global Student Business Concept Challenge will be held during the VT KnowledgeWorks Global Partnership Week in Blacksburg and Roanoke, Virginia, USA, August 21-27, 2011.

Registration is open for participants, advertisers, and attendees.  Tastes and Sounds of the Valleys, the kick-off reception for the VT KnowledgeWorks Global Partnership Week, will be held on Wednesday, August 24, 2011, 5:30 PM - 7:30 - PM, at the Hotel Roanoke and Conference Center in Roanoke, Virginia.

VT KnowledgeWorks is a client of Handshake Media, Incorporated, the parent company of Handshake 2.0.

Start-ups Get Early Start on Global Partnership

Posted by Handshake 2.0 at 7:30 AM on June 28, 2011:

The VT KnowledgeWorks Global Partnership Week begins on August 21, 2011, but we start-ups are getting an early start!

In Going Global, I wrote:

Looking ahead five years - maybe fewer - if the VT KnowledgeWorks Global Partnership's vision plays out, my university-rich locale will be enlivened not only by the presence of global students, researchers and faculty members, but by global corporate leaders and professionals as well.

No need to look ahead - global corporate leaders are here now!

Artbeating participated in last year's VT KnowledgeWorks Global Student Business Concept Challenge and company members have returned to spend this summer accelerating their start-up at VT KnowledgeWorks as members of the JumpStart Community.   

I love this quote from VT KnowledgeWorks:  [The VT KnowlegeWorks Global Partnership] "offers university students, faculty, and business professionals from all over the world a chance to collaborate, form partnerships and interact on a completely unique and exciting level."  Yes!

Welcome back to the "unique and exciting" Blacksburg, Virginia, USA, Artbeating! 

Artbeating at Wikiteria in Blacksburg, Virginia

Artbeating and Handshake shared lunch at Wikiteria at the Virginia Tech Corporate Research Center on June 24, 2011.  Pictured left to right: Mathieu Lima, Romain Lauwerier, Charles-Éric "Charlie" Gorron, Martin Houdbine, Anne Clelland.

Photo credit: Florent Mérian

Registration is open for participants, advertisers, and attendees of the VT KnowledgeWorks Global Partnership Week, August 21-27, 2011, Blacksburg and Roanoke, Virginia, USA.  Tastes and Sounds of the Valleys, the kick-off reception for the VT KnowledgeWorks Global Partnership Week, will be held on Wednesday, August 24, 2011, 5:30 PM - 7:30 - PM, at the Hotel Roanoke and Conference Center in Roanoke, Virginia.

The VT KnowledgeWorks Global Directory mobile application, offering members of the VT KnowledgeWorks Global Partnership community a way to find and connect with each other, is a Handshake(R) mobile app from Handshake Media.

VT KnowledgeWorks and the Virginia Tech Corporate Research Center are clients of Handshake Media, Incorporated, a VT KnowledgeWorks member company and parent company of Handshake 2.0.

Going Global

Posted by Handshake 2.0 at 5:00 AM on May 3, 2011:

I am neither an Athenian, nor a Greek, but a citizen of the world.
- Socrates

Looking ahead five years - maybe fewer - if the VT KnowledgeWorks Global Partnership's vision plays out, my university-rich locale will be enlivened not only by the presence of global students, researchers and faculty members, but by global corporate leaders and professionals as well.

To achieve that vision, here are the VT KnowledgeWorks Global Partnership's recommendations (my numbering and bold):

Cities with strong universities are particularly well-positioned to be among the globally competitive regions as the economy of the 21st century evolves. To do so, they must:

  1. pro-actively embrace globalization
  2. expand their regional brand recognition by deliberately creating multi-layered global networks, and
  3. act in a regionally coherent manner at every opportunity.

Martin Houdbine, Anne Clelland, and Charles-Eric Gorron My company, Handshake Media, Incorporated, is a VT KnowledgeWorks member company, as is Automation Creations, Inc., from which She Chooses(TM), the social network for women, is a co-spin-out enterprise. From my upbringing with parents who quoted Socrates and from the myriad powerful experiences I've had through my association with VT KnowledgeWorks, I have natural buy-in to the idea of "going global."

Although to create "globally competitive region" using the Partnership's list of "musts" requires regional consciousness and effort, let's see how I'm contributing personally to the mission.  I'll use a scale of 1 to 5, where 1 is "Who needs global? I have a local company." and 5 is "I'll be in Beijing then, too.  Shall we meet?"

1. pro-actively embrace globalization

Handshake Media's fundamental mission is to create global handshakes, first of greeting, then on deals.  Every time a post goes live on Handshake 2.0, it's globally available.  That's an on-going, proactive reaching out to the world. This is definitely a 4.  An actual handshake beats a virtual one, but a virtual handshake is better than not even knowing the other hand exists!

2. expand their regional brand recognition by deliberately creating multi-layered global networks

Handshake 2.0 is a "multi-layered global network" by definition, so that's good.  Handshake Media developed the VT KnowledgeWorks Global Directory, a mobile app for both iOS and Android, also a global network by definition, also good.

Those are the more cerebral facets of creating a multi-layered global network.  More personally, I loved being a host from the community for student entrepreneurs competing for the VT KnowledgeWorks Global Student Challenge Trophy.  We had the delight of spending a week with Martin Houdbine and Charles-Eric Gorron of Artbeating in 2010 and look forward to hosting a team of this year's competitors. Professor Nikola Hale, a scholar visiting Radford University from Hochschule Furtwangen University, was also a recent welcome guest at Handshake 2.0 Headquarters.

Overnight guests were infrequent in my childhood years and rare also in many of my adult years, so I will acknowledge that opening my home to people I've never met feels more like a leap off a cliff than a leap of faith, but the global-made-local in my very own home has generated priceless, unforeseen insights for me. More, please!  Let's go with a 3 on this one.

3. act in a regionally coherent manner at every opportunity

My best effort to date to "act regionally" - by which I was joined with the support and sponsorship of Coldwell Banker, Townside REALTORS, First Bank & Trust CompanyHutchison Law Group and Ryan Hagan - was to organize a network of women mobile application developersto address the shortage of mobile app developers in the New River Valley of Virginia.  This shortage may well lead to a regional loss of current and future market opportunities in the mobile industry.  Now known as the Brava Network of Women Mobile Application Developers, the group has met regularly for three months. 

Software development is difficult and takes more resources for training than we have.  This initiative was well-intentioned but points out that "acting regionally" requires a budget.  Pats on the back for everyone who tried and is still trying.  But able only to start this, but not yet sustain it, this is a 1 while I plan next steps.

Three 5s would be great, but a 4, 3, and 1 will do for now.  I want to be part of a globally competitive region.  I know what to do and where I stand in contributing to getting that done.  I'm going global.

Added 5/4/11: You're invited to take the Global Handshake Survey. 

Handshake 2.0 is the flagship site of Handshake Media, Incorporated. VT KnowledgeWorks is a client of Handshake Media.

A Handshake 1.0 at Handshake 2.0

Posted by Handshake 2.0 at 7:00 AM on September 1, 2010:

Martin Houdbine and Charles-Eric Gorron

Martin Houdbine and Charles-Eric Gorron share a Handshake 1.0 at Handshake 2.0 Headquarters in Blacksburg, Virginia.  They are members of Artbeating, the team from Paris, France competing in the VT KnowledgeWorks Global Student Business Concept Competition.