Infographic: Everything Your Employees Need to Know About Social Media

Who needs an expensive social media consultant when you can train your employees in Twitter, Facebook and LinkedIn best practices yourself?

This Mindflash infographic breaks down the types of social media users you’ll find in your company — the digital native, savvy technologist, reluctant user, digital newby and digital contrarian — and how to approach training each of them.

This guide also highlights an important fact: 76% of companies do not have a clearly defined social media policy. Whether or not you have an explicit policy, make sure you’re aware of the way everyone in your company represents your brand.

What do you think its most important for companies to teach their employees about social media? Share your best practices in the comments.


Angel Investment Network is sponsoring Renergy 2012, an international renewable energy expo and conference in Chennai, India

EAI, on behalf of the Tamil Nadu Energy Development Agency (TEDA), invites you to be a part of Renergy 2012 – a comprehensive international renewable energy expo and conference covering seven different areas of renewable energy/clean technology, to be held on the 12th and 13th of March in Chennai.

With elite panels featuring some of the biggest names in the business focusing on current issues plaguing the industries (Wind, Solar, Biomass, Waste-to-energy, Energy efficiency, Electric vehicles & Battery storage), Renergy 2012 aims to be a watershed for the growth of renewable energy and clean technology in the country.

Some illustrious luminaries expected to be present and feature on the panels at the event include Shri. G.B. Pradhan, Secretary, Ministry of New and Renewable Energy; Mr.Robin Bromley-Martin, Director, Zynergy Projects and Services Pvt Ltd.; Mr. Satnam Singh, Chairman and Managing Director, Power Finance Corporation; Mr Ramesh Kymal, Chairman, Gamesa; Mr. Pashupathy Gopalan, Managing Director, Sunedison and MEMC South Asia and Mr. Christophe Inglin, Managing Director, Phoenix Solar Pte Ltd. More about the other speakers and sessions at &

Apart from focusing on traditional areas of the industry, the conference at Renergy also brings delegates the unique opportunity to witness and be part of a first-of-its-kind VC panel discussion.

This session, bringing together the who’s who of the VC and PE industry in India, has been organized with the aim of fostering entrepreneurship in the renewable energy/clean technology industry. Divergence between investor expectations and entrepreneur vision can often be a huge deterrent to ventures gaining traction, especially in such a nascent industry.

It is with the hope of bridging this gap and proliferating the growth of entrepreneurial ventures in this domain that EAI along with TiE, Chennai have spared no effort in putting together this session.

This session is going to feature some prominent VC and PE players in India such as Sandeep Singhal (co-founder and MD of Nexus Partners) , Harsh Nanda (Executive Director, PE, Goldman Sachs) and representatives from the investee side such as Mr. Ashok Das (CEO and co-founder, SunMoksha) and Pinaki Bhattacharya (CFO, Green Infra). More about the session and the speakers at .

We, at EAI and TEDA, feel that the session will be most productive when the participants, both panelists and the audience, are of the highest quality. We believe that it would certainly add immense value to the quality of delegates attending the conference if members of the Indian Investment network would be willing to participate in the event.

To stress the extent to which we want to go to have Indian Investment Network members attend the conference, TEDA and EAI have both agreed on a 50% discount for all members who would want to attend this event (making the fee a mere Rs. 1500 for one day and Rs. 2500 for both the days) .

Apart from being able to witness the exciting VC panel discussion that we’re putting together, you will also be able to get valuable inputs on the latest issues plaguing the renewable energy and clean technology industry in India.

If you are even remotely connected to the renewable energy and clean technology industry (and even if you want to be), this is one event you definitely do not want to miss. Interested members can mail Venu at or call me at +91-98843-70945. Looking forward to seeing you at Renergy 2012.

Infographic: Highlights of angel investment activity and trends in North America

The Angel Resource Institute (ARI), Silicon Valley Bank (SVB) and CB Insights today announced findings from the first Halo Report, a collaborative effort to raise awareness of early stage investment activities by angel investment groups.  The research series highlights angel investment activity and trends in North America and provides much sought after data that has not been previously available to entrepreneurs or early stage investors.

Halo Report Highlights:

  • Angel groups are active throughout the U.S. in 2011
    • California leads in deals and dollars among individual states
    • 79% of angel group investments were in companies outside of California
    • 70% of total funding was invested outside of California
    • Median angel group rounds size grew to $700,000, an increase of 40% over 2010
    • 58% of angel group investments were in healthcare and internet companies
      • 60% of healthcare investments were in medical device and equipment companies
      • The most active angel groups were Tech Coast Angels, Band of Angels, Golden Seeds, Central Texas Angel Network and Launchpad Venture Group

Angel investors, those who invest their own funds and expertise directly into startup companies, appear to be taking on an increasingly important role in driving entrepreneurship throughout the United States.  Their investments are in startups and young companies, which have been cited by the Kauffman Foundation as the key source of net new jobs in the country.  Nationwide, these angel group investments have opened up new opportunities for centers of innovation and entrepreneurship.  The Halo Report found that many deals are syndicated among investors.  As a result, companies needing larger investments have access to the additional capital they need to grow their businesses.

“The Halo Report is the first of its kind to systematically track investment and company formation at the earliest stage, providing a window into the future of innovation,” according to Allan May, Chairman of ARI. “Startup companies fuel economic growth and job creation and are the drivers of future U.S. competitiveness. This research is an important step in the promotion of startup investing, providing accurate data to help entrepreneurs, policy makers, and the public at large understand who angel investors are, how they operate, what their results are, and how angel investment impacts the economy.”

According to Greg Becker, President and CEO of Silicon Valley Bank, “Entrepreneurs and the investors who take a chance on them are fundamental to the innovation economy. By shedding more light on angel investment activity we’re helping young companies identify sources of capital and mentorship, ultimately leading to the development of innovative products and the next generation of exciting new companies.”

CB Insights CEO and Co-founder, Anand Sanwal, said, “In partnership with ARI and SVB,  we are happy to be part of an effort that highlights and brings a data-driven perspective to what is a very important, but historically opaque, part of our innovation economy.  We’re looking forward to seeing how investors and corporations use this data to understand emerging early-stage trends and to identify investment and M&A opportunities.”   CB Insights specializes in providing data on high growth private companies and their investors and acquirers.

The Halo Report includes aggregate analysis of investment activity by angels and angel groups and highlights trends in round sizes, location and industry preferences. The data is collected via survey and aggregation of public data using CB Insights innovative data analyses. The 2011 Halo Report data is based on 573 deals totaling $873.3 million dollars invested.   The transaction details are available in the CB Insights subscription database for users to review and analyze themselves.  Academics may also access some of the data through ARI.