Back in February 2006, I had been blogging for less than two months, and I was searching for other small business blogs. Chris wrote an interesting view of small business, called "Not Free Agents. Guild Members!" I wrote a replying post with the same title. Chris followed up with a comment. He started a discussion and ultimately a friendship.
|From 50 to 50,000|
Throughout 2006, Chris encouraged me to do more, to learn more, to stretch and grow. I encouraged him with small business advice. We launched a podcast together, the Great Big Small Business Show, part of his content network, Grasshopper New Media. Four years later, we still have the archives of the Great Big Small Business Show, and there are half a dozen of us who still call ourselves Great BS'ers and Grasshoppers.
Chris brought me in to his online circle of Boston friends. You know them now as influential leaders in marketing, video, business, etc. Chris introduced me to Jon Swanson, who excels at changing lives. He has introduced me to lots of people, even when I'm not there in person. He's an outstanding connector of people.
|At SXSW 2008|
Thank you, Chris, for all you do, for being my friend.