Pictured from L-R: Rippld team member Lander Coronado-Garcia, Rippld Hackathon contestant Joe Romeo from CSE Scholars; contestant Mark Gordon; contestant Kevin Owen from Eta Kappa Nu (HKN) Honor Society; Rippld team member Will Fobbs

Rippld’s Intercollegiate Hackathon was a great event. Despite some sleepy eyes at 9:30AM on a Saturday, students from Michigan State University, Lawerence Tech, and University of Michigan gave the solution their best shot. In the end Mark Gordon leveraged his impressive hacking abilities and experiences from previous coding challenges to prevail, taking home a total of $600 in winnings! Thanks to Joe and Kevin again for helping us coordinate the event.

Rippld Newsletter #1: Alpha 1 and the Rippld Marketplace

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Hey all!


The team has been hard at work developing the first prototype of the site. We’re very excited about what we’ve got so far. We want to start keeping everyone up-to-date with where we are, and what’s coming, so we’ll be posting a short newsletter every couple of weeks with our status. If you’ve signed up on the Rippld site, you should also be getting an update via email. Here are answers to a few questions you may already have.

What’s the first release (Alpha 1) going to look like?
We’re designing our first release to have functionality to help you connect with other creative practitioners, show off your work, and receive feedback on the things that you’re working on. Along with this, we’re building a content consumption platform that will make it easy to see news from topics that interest you and updates from your connections on Rippld. 

But isn’t Rippld supposed to be a “marketplace”?
Yes! But before we invite clients to search for all our awesome providers, we need a critical mass of talent on the site. So that’s our first priority. To get us there, we’re trying to make Rippld relevant to all our users even when they’re not on the site to look for a job. But we need your help with that. Once we release Alpha 1, we’ll be looking for as much feedback as possible from all of you to tell us what we could do better and what tools you need.

When is this all going to happen?
Soon. We haven’t set an official release date yet, but we’ll keep you up to date as the release approaches.

In the meantime, if you have any questions about our product, or why we’re so excited about it, please feel free to reach out to us.

Sincerely,
Will, Adrian, and Lander

We have a new website!

We know things have been quiet for the last couple of months, but we’re really excited to let you know why:

We are proud to announce the launch of our new website at Rippld.com. We’ve updated the UI/UX, formed new creative partnerships and added several new features, including a tool for team building. Take a look at and let us know what you think!

Rippld is a select, global platform for creative collaboration that allows creatives, studios and agencies to work together more efficiently and effectively. If you’re an experienced creative professional, you’re exactly the type of person who would find Rippld useful and add something unique to our tight-knit community. Start collaborating with other Ripplrs, share feedback with industry innovators and join challenging creative projects based all over the world. It only takes a few minutes to sign up, so check out our website and join today!

Insights from Rippld's CEO: Put Down the Keyboard. Pick Up the Pencils.

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—By Wilbert Fobbs, Rippld CEO

Many startup books mention that coding should start right away. The Rippld team makes it a point to first learn our business processes manually, then write software. That means we put down the keyboard, and go into the real world.

Because software development has an inherent cost associated with it, we model what our software will do on paper first. Then, we test our new manual process with real clients. At Rippld, we also sold our manual process before we ever sold our software.

Why do we do it this way?

  • It helps us hone in on what the client finds valuable so we can get rid of the frills and fluff.
  • Changes and updates to the process are much cheaper to implement than software development.
  • Most important, if a client is willing to pay for your manual process, then the scalability and efficiency of software you create will endear the customer to you for the life of your software.

So, sharpen those pencils and get to writing!

6 People Freelancers Meet on Social Media

(via Freelance Folder)

  1. The Cynic. No matter what you do or say, the cynic always knows better. She’s smarter, more informed, and better at what you do–at least in her own mind she is. If there’s a typo in your post or your tweet, she will find it. She always disagrees with you, even when she didn’t read what you wrote. There’s something funny about the cynic, though. You’d think her own website and social media usage would be exemplary, wouldn’t you? Yet time after time, I’ve found that’s not the case. I guess she’s too busy correcting all those errors she sees the rest of us making to get it right herself.
  2. The Cheerleader. You’ve probably met the cheerleader–he’s the consummate “yes” man and the polar opposite of the cynic. Whatever you do online, he absolutely loves it and can’t wait to tell you how much he loves it. Sadly, he too rarely actually reads what you write. You could tweet about blowing your nose and he would retweet it and tell you how helpful it was. Sadly, the cheerleader has a downside too. Usually, he wants something from you (usually something for nothing), but instead of coming right out and asking for it he tries to butter you up first. Like you can’t see right through that strategy…
  3. The User. One good thing about the user–she’s forthright about what she wants, which is something for nothing. You’ll know you’re dealing with a user when you suddenly get a direct message from someone you never heard of asking you for help. A typical user DM: “Can you find me some freelancing work that pays about $50/hr and is interesting, but isn’t too hard to do?” Sheesh! Let’s be real. Doesn’t everybody want that? I used to try to help these folks, but the truth is that they can really eat up your time if you’re not careful.
  4. The Salesman. He’s always on social media, but rarely communicates directly with you unless you’ve made a purchase or seem about to make a purchase. If you’re about to purchase, he suddenly becomes very attentive and very encouraging. Nearly everything he posts to social media has one purpose only–sell his product! He never tires of linking to his own landing page. Really, does pushing product this hard ever work?
  5. The True Friend. Yes, believe it or not, there are real people who use social media. The true friend is one of these. Just when you think you’ve had it up to here with all the posing and faking that goes on, she steps forward and has a real conversation with you. She really reads your posts and thinks about them too (and you start to read hers). She’s encouraging, but she’s not afraid to let you know if you’re doing something wrong. She seems to get you, to really understand what you’re about. You might actually find yourself wishing you could meet up face to face at the next user conference and have a long chat.
  6. The Client/Prospect. He or she is out there on social media somewhere. But, if you’ve been acting like one of the first four personalities I just described, the odds are that you’ll never get to meet the client/prospect. He or she will be turned off before you even get to share your elevator pitch. You see, most client relationships are based on trust and trust is based on relationship. If you’re constantly putting people down, or buttering them up, or using them, or being too pushy you’re not going to have much of a relationship with anybody.

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