Who is Seth Godin?
Seth Godin is an entrepreneur who has written fourteen books that have been translated into more than thirty languages, every one has been a bestseller. In this excellent video Seth talks about business, marketing, quitting, leadership and most of all, changing everything.
As an entrepreneur, he has founded dozens of companies, most of which failed but some of which have been huge succeses. Godin believes that it is this experience (both successful and unsuccessful) that provides the insight he uses to help other business start-ups. Yoyodyne, his first internet company, was funded by Flatiron and Softbank and acquired by Yahoo! in 1998. It pioneered the use of ethical direct mail online, something Seth calls Permission Marketing. He was VP of Direct Marketing at Yahoo! for a year.
His latest company, Squidoo.com, is ranked among the top 125 sites in the US (by traffic) by Quantcast. It allows anyone (even you) to build a page about any topic you’re passionate about. The site raises money for charity and pays royalties to its million plus members.
American Way Magazine calls him, “America’s Greatest Marketer,” and his blog is perhaps the most popular in the world written by a single individual. His latest book, We Are All Weird, calls for end of mass and for the beginning of offering people more choices, more interests and giving them more authority to operate in ways that reflect their own unique values, and Seth once again breaks the traditional publishing model by releasing it through The Domino Project. His recent Kickstarter for his newest book (The Icarus Deception out in January 2013) broke records for its size and the speed that it reached its goal.
The event was generously hosted by The New School (newschool.edu) in the beautiful Tishman Auditorium in Manhattan.