Community Stories is brought to you by Uncommunity.
We sit with community builders, creators, and hear the backstory on building thriving Internet communities.
Building thriving communities take incredible effort and everyone has a great story on how did they start their journey.
In this bonus episode, Paras and I pick topics and discuss how to start a career in community building, why is building a community for a brand/business different from creator and what should be the ideal community platform to hosts communities.
Kim Johnson, Head of Community at Geneva talks about her time at Glossier building community ambassadors program and other initiatives which created experiences to celebrate people. She talks about challenges a community leader can face and how you can balance scale and growth with true community and connection. She discussed her ideal community-building platform and shares 3 pieces of advice for new community builders who are just getting started in their journey of building communities. She believes in, "Your community can often tell your story better than you can".
Emily Pik and Tom Guthrie, co-founders of Propel - a cohort-based private community join me on Community Stories to talk about their day to day operations of running a paid community and why it's good to have a paid community, defining north star of a community, how to select members for the paid community by learning their motivation, how not to define a community and what's the difference between having an audience vs having a community.
In this episode, Ian talks about how status works in online communities and dive into community-building platforms like Discord, Reddit and explain why is Discord winning. Discord won by building 10x better spaces for communities. By selling status, they have also managed to capture more value from those communities than other platforms.
Arvid Kahl joins me on Community Stories to talk about the audience-first approach, building relationships and his latest book The Embedded Entrepreneur, prev Audience First. Audience-first means exactly what it sounds like: you start with the audience. Arvid shares his lesson building a bootstrap business, how he leveraged the audience to write his first book Zero to Sold and why he is writing Audience First. This book will teach you how to build a business the right way from the beginning: with an audience that you want to serve and that will serve you.
In this episode, John talks about building communities, newsletters and how all that he does like sending a daily newsletter, engaging with the audience on Twitter, engaging with a community on Indie Hackers is intentional and aligned with his business objectives. He explores the topic of creating YEN.FM.
In this episode, KP shares the story on building leverage on the internet by building multiple products and creating Cuppa: a 1-1 virtual coffee platform with talent sourced from Twitter. He is currently working as a Program Director at On Deck.
In this episode, Tara talks about brands building communities, the intersection between marketing and communities. About Phlywheel - Phlywheel was founded by Toronto-based strategic marketing firm, Truly Inc. Truly is an award-winning firm that has worked with Nokia, REALTOR.ca, CAMSO, Michelin, CPA, and many more.
In this episode, Charlie explains how he created the #1 Indie Hackers accountability community based out of the UK. He also shares his learning on how he pivoted to online-only community from real life and what he learned by doing so.
In the second episode of Uncommunity, Rafy speaks with Shreyas to learn more about how he started his career in the community management space by contributing to open source communities such as Mozilla and how he thinks about developer communities and impact on the ecosystem. Shreyas brings more than 9 years of experience and has landed remote opportunities by working in India.
In this pilot episode, Rafy speaks with Suhas to learn more about how Suhas and his team built The Product Folks community from scratch. After 14 months of hard work and consistency, they have been able to get product managers and founders from Airbnb, Stripe, Superhuman to speak in their online meetups.