Our January 2014 presentation was…

A picture of Mara Zepeda.

The esteemed Mara Zepeda.

Generosity is a touchy feely word often reserved for the non-profits and charities. But what does it look like to build a profitable business that values generosity? How can we create businesses that facilitate exuberant giving?

In Get What You Give, Mara will share examples of how your brand can succeed with two verbs alone: ask and offer. Through some exercises we’ll explore the many qualities of any ask and offer, and how they can serve entrepreneurs and customers alike.

All attendees will receive one dollar and a personalized zine on the gift economy.

Our Presenter, Mara Zepeda

Mara Zepeda is the CEO and co-founder of Switchboard, a business that arose from solving her own problem, and bootstrapped by designing tattoos. Switchboard is a community-building classifieds platform. On it, members of private networks ask for what they need and offer what they have to give. There are only two types of posts: ask and offer. Switchboard is being used by colleges, summer camps, non-profits, investors, and many other communities that are sick of wading through social feeds, monitoring groups and pages, and ignoring listservs.

Switchboard is part of Wieden+Kennedy’s Portland Incubator Experiment.

Follow Switchboard on Twitter @switchboardhq

Learn more about Mara…

Join us after the presentation for a 1-block walk to The Lucky Lab for food and libation!

Our Venue, ISITE Design

ISITE Design is our home for the foreseeable future and we’re very happy to be there. ISITE is located at 2030 NW Pettygrove St, Portland, OR 97209.

Parking is available on the street and across the street in the Conway parking lot. Conway allows ISITE to use the lot after 5pm, so no worries on towing!

Come on in the front door and go straight back to the conference room on the left.