Guest Post: Vouchboard Teams up with Girls in Tech
Vouchboard was a proud sponsor of the Girls in Tech SXSW Happy Hour on March 11. This exciting new startup gives users the opportunity to control and proudly showcase positive things others are saying about them. VouchBoard also gives people the chance to “Vouch” for friends, colleagues, creatives, businesses, nonprofits, educators and others who positively impact their life.
VouchBoard was co-founded by Syracuse University senior Andrew Bank and alum Michael Gursha. These “practical idealists” wanted to foster more online positivity, while creating a service that makes testimonials more fun, organic, and socially-driven. VouchBoard officially launched at this year’s SXSW Interactive Event, and they used some interesting marketing techniques to generate attention and early support.
Alongside “Big Sheen,” a cardboard cutout of controversial actor Charlie Sheen, Bank and Gursha met countless SXSWers (including foursquare‘s Dennis Crowley and Reddit co-founder Alexis Ohanian) . When discussing VouchBoard in the Austin Convention Center, Team VouchBoard interviewed attendees about whether or not they would Vouch for Sheen. Check out their original SXSW video (Would You Vouch For Charlie Sheen?) to see some interesting and humorous responses.
Creating a VouchBoard URL can help people showcase what makes them special in others’ eyes. Users can easily share their “Boards” via Facebook/Twitter/e-mail. They can also decide which Vouches they want to display (an “accept/reject” feature gives users increased control), and can then categorize Vouches based on their focus (personality, professional qualities, creativity, philanthropic efforts, etc.).
Team VouchBoard highly encourages all Girls in Tech members to sign up, share their Board URLs, and Vouch for their friends and colleagues. VB is also seeking technical team members and can be reached at Team@VouchBoard.com to discuss this interesting opportunity.