Behind the Brilliance 086: Elisa Camahort Page

THE SHOW

This week, I share a quote that I’ve been mentally chewing on along with my new favorite thing (also what Lisa Likes), Night Shift, a new iPhone feature designed to filter blue light at night and help you get a better night’s sleep.

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THE GUEST

Elisa Camahort Page | BlogHer, Inc. Co-Founder

Page-728x350Elisa Camahort Page co-founded BlogHer, Inc. (acquired by SheKnows Media), in 2005 with Jory Des Jardins and Lisa Stone, and now serves as an executive with SheKnows Media. With Elisa leading the BlogHer conference business, it has grown from a single conference hosting 300 attendees in 2005, to many diverse events that hosted more than 5,500 attendees in 2012. Elisa’s work leading consumer insights and public relations has resulted in coverage from many leading media outlets, including USA TODAY, New York Times, Washington Post, Advertising Age, Forbes, Fast Company, CNN, TODAY Show, the Wall Street Journal, and more.

BlogHer, Inc. was named among the AlwaysOn OnMedia Top 100 for 2010-2013, as one of America’s Most Promising Start-ups by BusinessWeek, and as Innovator Of The Year by InfusionSoft. BlogHer’s flagship site, BlogHer.com, was named one of the Top 100 Websites for Women by Forbes for 2010-2012.

Together, BlogHer’s co-founders were in the Ernst & Young Winning Women Class of 2011, have been named among the most influential women in Web 2.0 and technology by Fast Company, and among the seven most powerful people in new media by Forbes Magazine. In 2011, they were jointly awarded the PepsiCo Women’s Inspiration Award and in 2008, the Anita Borg Institute Social Impact Award. Elisa has also been honored as an NCWIT Hero and as one of the AWM’s Sixty@60.

Elisa is a founding Fellow of the Society for New Communications Research and serves on the Board of Directors of the 42nd Street Moon Theatre in San Francisco, the programming advisory committee for SXSW Interactive and SXSW V2V, Advisory Board for Food on the Table, the Board of Advisors of the Anita Borg Institute, and as a Member of the Digital Hollywood Women’s Entertainment and Technology Board.

Prior to co-founding BlogHer, Elisa ran a marketing consultancy, Worker Bees, which was among the first companies to integrate corporate marketing strategies into the social media environment. Before bringing her marketing expertise to the Internet industry, Elisa was a senior-level high-tech marketer, helping develop digital infrastructures for voice, video and data delivery. Her last corporate position was as Senior Director of Product Marketing at Terayon Communication Systems, where she managed a team of product managers and five product lines.

TOPICS COVERED (partial list)

How to take calculated risk

How and why Elisa went 2 years without a salary while launching BlogHer

Elisa’s advice on finding great cofounders and partners

Reflections on leadership and managing people

Life after a startup acquisition

Why Elisa loves fiction over business books

Elisa’s thoughts on the current state of tech for women founders

Elisa’s personal success habits

And more!

STUFF MENTIONED IN THIS EPISODE (clickable links below)

Elisa on Twitter

BlogHer

Night Shift

Flux

Principles by Ray Dalio

The Warmth of Other Suns by Isabel Wilkerson

Reality Is Broken by Jane McGonigal