We held the First Annual GetAds White Elephant Gift Exchange at our Offices on Friday. Here’s what happened…
We don’t give out awards very often around here. Since we only hire the best in the first place, you have to make a huge effort to claw your way to the top. Mike Guida did just that in 2010. He not only doubled his numbers, but he doubled them twice. And these aren’t small numbers we are talking about. Not only that, but he has really become a mentor to the new affiliate managers that have come on board as well.
Congratulations Mike, you’ve earned the title of Employee of the Year 2010.
Check out the video montage that we surprised him with below!
Here at GetAds we are expanding at a rapid rate. We’re breaking records for new affiliate signups every single month, and we had to bring on another Affiliate Manager just to keep up with it all! This is a good problem to have. Let me be the first introduce you to our newest AM, Cassandra Bojoh. Here’s a little bit of info about Cassandra:
- Hometown: Beulah, CO
- College: University of Colorado at Boulder
- Hobbies: Volleyball, bowling, painting, snowboarding, cooking and going to the movies
- Favorite Movie: Labyrinth (Childhood favorite that stuck with me).
- Favorite Band: This is tough, I love ALL kinds of music but a few favorites right now are; Black Keys, Rihanna, Deadmau5, Passion Pit, Calvin Harris
- Professional Experience: I have been working in the nightlife industry for the past 7 years. Working my way up from cocktail waitress at a dueling piano bar in Boulder, to bartender, to Marketing Director, to General Manager at a nightclub in downtown Denver. It has been a great experience!
- Worst Job You Ever Had: Victoria
As I’m sure the politically savvy readers of this blog have already heard, there has been a disturbing proposal in congress for an “Internet Blacklist” bill that would effectively begin to censor the internet, China-style. This news came out back in September, and since then there has been a massive uprising of opposition. It looks like at this point, the bill has been stymied for this congressional session and will have to be re-introduced next year if it is going to become a reality.
The reason I’m bringing it up now is that I believe as people who work (and practically live) on the Internet, we need to be at the forefront of these issues affecting our nation. Granted, this bill was targeted at Torrent sites and other repositories of pirated materials. If those went away, it wouldn’t hurt our collective income. But it’s a slippery slope from there. Once the government has created the blacklist, it’s going to be very easy to modify the parameters so that other sites that they deem worthy of blocking could find their way onto it. What if the government started putting their nose into ad networks? Or blogs? Or e-commerce sites?
Freedom of speech is one of the primary building blocks of our fine country. Once you start limiting that, the whole system comes tumbling down. I’m not trying to sound like a crazy conspiracy theorist here, but this is an issue that I am very passionate about. We need to stand up for Net Neutrality and make sure that the entire Internet is available to anyone that wants to use it, for whatever reason. All it takes is a little effort from each of us to stay aware of the issues and notify our congressman when there is something that we disagree with. That’s what they are there for, to be our representatives.
Let’s make sure that our digital world is not destroyed before it reaches its prime.